January 15, 2022

Request for support to free imprisoned HRD Dr Abduljalil AlSingace

We, the undersigned human rights organisations, are writing to raise urgent concerns about Bahraini human rights defender Dr Abduljalil AlSingace, who has been on…
January 13, 2022

CZECH REPUBLIC: ‘We believe that the new government will defend democratic principles’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent Czech elections with Marie Jahodová, Executive Director of Million Moments for Democracy, a civil society organisation working to support…
January 12, 2022

India: Halt judicial harassment of rights groups over foreign funding

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CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, condemns the recent case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the Centre for Promotion of…
January 11, 2022

SUDAN: ‘The government and the international community must engage more with civil society’

CIVICUS speaks about the prospects for democracy and civilian rule in Sudan with Abdel-Rahman El Mahdi, founder and director of the Sudanese Development Initiative…
January 06, 2022

ASEAN: Refrain from legitimising junta and enhance cooperation to address human rights situation in Myanmar

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Civil society organisations urge the regional-bloc under Cambodia Chairship to halt further measures that will bring legitimacy to the junta military of Myanmar. We,…
January 06, 2022

NGOs and the Future of Trust

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By Lysa John and Mandeep Tiwana  Despite a percentage point decline in trust in NGOs in the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, these institutions actually…
January 06, 2022

Cambodia: Halt crackdown on striking trade union activists

H.E. Dr. Ith Sam Heng Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Russian Federation Blvd (110), Phnom Penh, Cambodia Your Excellency, Cambodia: Halt crackdown on…
January 04, 2022

Hong Kong: Restrictions on civic space increase as independent media outlets are forced to close

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🇭🇰#HongKong🚩Forced closure of independent media outlets🚩Judicial harassment of #journalists🚩Further deterioration of civic freedoms & democracyWe urge the international community to stand with the people…
January 04, 2022

PARAGUAY: ‘As long as land remains in private hands, conflict will continue '

CIVICUS speaks with Alicia Amarilla, national coordinator of the Organisation of Peasant and Indigenous Women (CONAMURI) in Paraguay about conflicts over land rights between…
January 03, 2022

PALESTINE: ‘The counter-terrorism law is used to restrict political work in Palestine & shrink civic…

CIVICUS speaks with Einat Fogel-Levin, International Advocacy Coordinator for the Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF), about growing restrictions on Palestinian civil society. HRDF is…
December 29, 2021

Thailand: Withdraw the Draft Act on Not-for-Profit Organisations

Cabinet Ministers of the Royal Thai GovernmentGovernment House1 Phitsanulok Road DusitBangkok, Thailand Cc: Council of StateAll members of the National Assembly of ThailandNational Human…
December 23, 2021

Algeria: Marked regression in human rights underscored by proliferation of baseless terrorism prosecutions

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Arabic The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned and alarmed by the sustained repression of fundamental freedoms and legitimate human rights work in Algeria, including…
December 22, 2021

Denmark: ‘There is a focus on protecting borders rather than people’s rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Charlotte Slente, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), about recent immigration policy changes and the rights of refugees in…
December 21, 2021

HAITI: ‘There is opportunity for a meaningful shift from foreign interference to true leadership of…

CIVICUS speaks with Ellie Happel, professor of the Global Justice Clinic and Director of the Haiti Project at New York University School of Law.…
December 20, 2021

VENEZUELA: ‘We need a multilateral, flexible and creative approach from the international community’

CIVICUS speaks with Feliciano Reyna, founder and president of Acción Solidaria, a Venezuelan civil society organisation (CSO) established in 1995 with the mission to…
December 17, 2021

The Human Rights Council must establish a mechanism on Ethiopia

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UN Human Rights Council – 33rd Special Session on EthiopiaDecember 2021Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Madame President. We welcome the convening of this…
December 17, 2021

Egypt: Release human rights defenders Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohamed El-Baqer and Mohamed Oxygen

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Ahead of the Emergency Court verdict on 20 December, we, the undersigned organisations, call upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa…
December 17, 2021

CHILE: ‘For the first time the extremes are inside the parliament and there are unacceptable…

CIVICUS speaks with Alberto Precht, executive director of Chile Transparente, about Chile’s presidential elections and their persistent pattern of low electoral turnout. Founded 23…
December 15, 2021

Bangladesh: Drop charges against Odhikar Leadership & stop harassment of Human Rights Defenders

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Bangladesh authorities must end the harassment of Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, respectively Secretary and Director of the human rights group Odhikar,…
December 15, 2021

Laos: Nine years on, civil society worldwide still demands answers on Sombath's enforced disappearance

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On the ninth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organisations, reiterate our calls on the…
December 14, 2021

Nicaragua: The Council must establish an investigation and accountability mechanism at its next Session

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High Commissioner’s intersessional update on Nicaragua Delivered by Debora Leao, CIVICUS Monitor Research Officer for the Americas
December 13, 2021

Spare a thought for those who are fighting for and dying to protect human rights…

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By David Kode, Advocacy and Campaigns lead at CIVICUS International Human Rights Day 2021 on 10 December is commemorated at a time when being…
December 08, 2021

13 countries downgraded in new ratings report as civic rights deteriorate globally

9 out of 10 people live in countries where civic rights are severely restricted. New #PeoplePower2021 report launched today shows where civil society conditions…
December 07, 2021

Brazil: Anti-terrorism bill a tool to repress fundamental rights and freedoms

Portuguese  Brazilian authorities are debating a restrictive bill which amends the Anti-terrorism law (2016) If passed, the bill will severely impact on the rights…
December 07, 2021

Can the Summit for Democracy deliver?

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By Aarti Narsee, Civic Space Research Officer at CIVICUS, Susannah Fitzgerald, Coordinator of UK Anti-Corruption Coalition & Karla Mclaren, Government and political relations manager at Amnesty International…
December 03, 2021

Philippines: Human rights defender Teresita Naul released after courts dismiss trumped-up charges

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CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, welcomes the release of human rights defender Teresita Naul. Her arrest and prosecution highlight how activists in the…
December 02, 2021

ASEAN must step up its efforts to address deteriorating human rights and civic space situation…

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Under the Chairmanship of Cambodia in 2022, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must meaningfully address the regressive human rights crisis in the…
December 01, 2021

Poland debates prison terms for abortion in new blow to women’s rights

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🇵🇱#Poland: Today the Polish Sejm will discuss a bill which proposes a total #AbortionBan, jail time for having an abortion & criminalises those who…
December 01, 2021

Honduras: Trial of Guapinol defenders begins as state continues to ignore calls for their release

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The trial of the Guapinol human rights defenders begins on 1 December, after 2 years of unlawful detention. Human rights defenders featured in CIVICUS's…
November 29, 2021

Two years on, escalating assault on freedoms by the administration

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By Josef Benedict, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS Two years on from the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka, the state of…
November 25, 2021

POLAND: ‘right-wing backlash is just one side of the coin, the other being the active…

CIVICUS speaks with Krzysztof Śmiszek, a member of the Polish Parliament and chair of the Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, the first of its…
November 25, 2021

ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines

Honourable Karim A. A. Khan QCProsecutorThe Office of the ProsecutorInternational Criminal CourtOude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK Den Haag, Netherlands To ICC Prosecutor Karim A.…
November 25, 2021

Activists Fuel Global Movement to Fight Violence Against Women

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By Aarti Narsee, civic space researcher at CIVICUS This year marks 30 years of fighting to live free of gender-based violence through the 16…
November 24, 2021

President of the UN General Assembly’s Civil Society Town Hall

On 17 Novemner, Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly shared his priorities and perspectives for the 76th Session…
November 24, 2021

Civil society assess outcomes of UNGA76 Third Committee session

17 NGOs that closely follow and engage with the Third Committee have joined together to publish a joint statement on outcomes of this 76th…