November 25, 2022

UK: ‘Women in ethnic minority communities are often treated like second-class citizens’

Founded in 2010, MEWSo is a London-based civil society organisation (CSO) run by and for women from ethnic minority communities of mostly Middle Eastern,…
November 24, 2022

MALAYSIA: ‘Young voters could be Malaysia’s kingmakers

CIVICUS speaks with Tharma Pillai, co-founder and Advocacy Director of Undi18. A youth civil society organisation (CSO) born out of the student movement, Undi18…
November 24, 2022

NAMIBIA: ‘There is only so much civil society can do when those in power support…

CIVICUS speaks with Rinaani Musutua of the Economic and Social Justice Trust (ESJT) about thee resistance of communities in the Okavango River Basin in…
November 24, 2022

Iran: the UN must establish a fact-finding mission to ensure accountability and stop gross human…

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Delivered by Nicola Paccamiccio Iran’s brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters continues unabated. Since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in the custody of the “morality” police…
November 23, 2022

CIVIL SOCIETY: ‘Music can be an entry point because it’s the last thing someone could…

Music isn’t necessarily the first thing people associate with civil society work. How do you use music as part of your work? We use…
November 22, 2022

India: UN body petitioned over ongoing detention of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender

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On the first-year anniversary of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez’s arrest and detention, four human rights organisations have submitted a complaint to…
November 22, 2022

CUBA: ‘The only options available are prison, exile, or submission’

CIVICUS speaks with Cuban activist  Carolina Barrero, who has been in exile in Spain since February 2022, about the circumstances driving increasing numbers of Cubans…
November 21, 2022

One Year of Arbitrary Detention: Human Rights Organisations Call for Release of Kashmiri Human Rights…

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The undersigned organisations call for the immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was arrested one year ago on…
November 18, 2022

Kyrgyzstan: Withdraw draft law threatening NGOs

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International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and CIVICUS call on the authorities of Kyrgyzstan to withdraw the highly restrictive draft law on NGOs, which…
November 17, 2022

QATAR: ‘Labour reforms need to continue after the World Cup is over’

CIVICUS speaks about the World Cup in Qatar with Vani Saraswathi, editor-at-large and director of projects at Migrant-Rights.org and the author of Stories of…
November 16, 2022

Risk of refoulement of asylum seeker in cooperation with Algerian authorities would mark a dangerous…

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Arabic The undersigned organizations express their deep concern at the risk of refoulement of an Algerian asylum seeker - Zakaria Hannache - present in…
November 16, 2022

Malaysia: Gap in election manifestos on commitments to respect civic freedoms

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on all parties contesting the upcoming elections to strengthen commitments to respecting and protecting civic freedoms. Despite…
November 15, 2022

TAIWAN: ‘China will do to us what it did to Hong Kong, and what it…

CIVICUS speaks about the situation in Taiwan with Min-Hsuan Wu, known as ttcat, a social movement activist and campaigner and co-founder and CEO of…
November 14, 2022

Indonesia: Halt using the G20 Summit to harass and block civil society activities

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CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, and the Fight Inequality Alliance are appalled by the decision of the Indonesian authorities to disband the activities…
November 12, 2022

BAHRAIN: ‘This election is make-believe: its only role is to provide a veneer of democracy’

CIVICUS speaks about the election being held today in Bahrain with Jawad Fairooz, founder and director of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights (Salam…
November 09, 2022

Malaysia: Civic spaces shrinking at an alarming rate for LGBTQ persons in Malaysia

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Together with over 66 organisations, we express concern over the recent raid of a social gathering in Kuala Lumpur and the shrinking civic spaces…
November 09, 2022

Thai officials must drop all the ongoing prosecutions under the Emergency Decree

CIVICUS and various civil society organisations have written a letter expressing concern over the use of the Emergency Decree to restrict human rights and…
November 08, 2022

INDONESIA: ‘Communities have the right to have their opinions heard and considered’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent protests triggered by rising fuel prices in Indonesia with Kahar S Cahyono, vice president of communications of Konfederasi Serikat…
November 07, 2022

NORTH KOREA: ‘Many women escape to experience the freedoms they are denied’

CIVICUS speaks with Kyeong Min Shin, researcher with Korea Future, about the situation in North Korea and the challenges faced by North Korean women…
November 04, 2022

COP27: ‘The participation of civil society is important because it represents the voices of communities’

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 climate change summit with Chibeze Ezekiel, coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network…
November 04, 2022

COP27: ‘We shouldn’t even be discussing why civil society needs to have a seat in…

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 summit with Polluters Out co-founder Ayisha Siddiqa. Polluters Out is a global…
November 03, 2022

COP27: ‘We doubt that we will be able to mobilise as we did around COP26’

CIVICUS speaks with Sohanur Rahman, Executive Coordinator of YouthNet for Climate Justice, about civil society’s aspirations and roles in the upcoming COP27 summit on…
November 03, 2022

HAITI: ‘Civil society must get involved because political actors cannot find a solution to our…

CIVICUS speaks about Haiti’s ongoing crisis and calls for foreign intervention with Monique Clesca, a journalist, democracy advocate and member of the Commission to…
November 03, 2022

Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s life at serious risk: demand Egypt to immediately release him now!

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CIVICUS stands in solidarity with movements and civil society organisations calling on Egypt to immediately release human rights activist, Alaa Abdel-Fattah.  Alaa Abdel-Fattah is…
November 02, 2022

SPAIN: ‘The main challenge is to consolidate legally recognised rights and prevent backsliding’

CIVICUS speaks with Carmen Miquel Acosta, gender lawyer at Amnesty International Spain, about the recently passed Organic Law on the Guarantee of Sexual Freedom, known…
November 01, 2022

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS urges a peaceful transfer of power in Brazil

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Brazil’s presidential election results have been declared by the country’s election authority with Luiz Inacio Lula De Silva securing 50.8% of the vote as…
November 01, 2022

COP27: ‘Climate justice requires debt cancellation, reparations and non-debt climate finance for small island developing…

CIVICUS speaks with Bahraini social entrepreneur Tariq Al-Olaimy about the upcoming COP27 summit on climate change. Tariq is Managing Director of 3BL Associates, an…
October 31, 2022

LEBANON: ‘The main culprits of the current crisis are bank owners and their greed for…

CIVICUS speaks about Lebanon’s ongoing financial crisis and the situation of depositors who are unable to access their savings with Alaa Khorchid, head of…
October 28, 2022

Kyrgyzstan: Mass arrests of government critics in escalating crackdown on dissent

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We, the undersigned organisations call on the authorities in Kyrgyzstan to immediately release and drop the charges against people arrested without credible reason in…
October 26, 2022

BURKINA FASO: ‘For a major segment of civil society security is a more urgent concern…

CIVICUS speaks about the recent military coup in Burkina Faso with Kop'ep Dabugat, Network Coordinator of the West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS). WADEMOS…
October 25, 2022

Myanmar: civil society groups raise concern over ASEAN’s approach to the ongoing human rights crisis

To: ASEAN Leaders H.E. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Prime Minister of Brunei DarussalamH.E. Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of CambodiaH.E.…
October 25, 2022

EU-Southeast Asia CSOs Recommendations to the 4th EU-ASEAN Policy Dialogue on Human Rights

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On behalf of the CSOs that participated at the 2nd EU-Southeast Asia CSOs Forum held on October 24-22, 2022 in Jakarta, and in parallel…
October 25, 2022

Public Development Banks can’t drag their feet when it comes to building a sustainable future

A coalition of civil society organisations is demanding public development banks (PDBs) to take radical and innovative steps to tackle human rights violations and…
October 25, 2022

Joint Letter to Secretary-General António Guterres on his visit to Vietnam

Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations UN Headquarters, S-3800 New York, NY 10017 Re: October visit to Vietnam Dear Secretary-General, We are writing ahead…