November 24, 2020

Polish authorities must stop persecuting and intimidating protesters

Civil society organisations express serious concerns over civic space restrictions in Poland Detention and intimidation of protesters by authorities a huge concern Protests sparked…
November 24, 2020

Morocco: End intimidation and harassment campaign against rights defender Maati Monjib

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The undersigned civil society organisations call on the Moroccan authorities to immediately end their intimidation and harassment campaign against academic and human rights defender…
November 17, 2020

Sri Lanka: A year after Presidential elections, civic freedoms under increasing assault

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A year on from the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka, global civil society alliance CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the…
November 13, 2020

UGANDA: ‘No candidate can possibly win the election without young people’s votes’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ndifuna, Executive Director of Justice Access Point-Uganda (JAP). Established in 2018, JAP aims to kickstart, reignite and invigorate justice efforts…
November 11, 2020

Algeria: Free Amazigh and Hirak activist in prison for exercising his freedom of opinion

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بالعربية On 11 November, the court of Khenchela (eastern Algeria) is expected to hear activist Yacine Mebarki's appeal, following his sentencing on 8 October…
November 06, 2020

SOUTH KOREA: ‘North Korean defectors and activists face increasing pressure to stay silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, a legal analyst with the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), a Seoul-based civil society organisation (CSO) founded by…
November 05, 2020

CIVICUS report documents how states need civil society as second wave of COVID-19 hits worldwide

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By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist and Andrew Firmin Editor-in-Chief at CIVICUS Covid-19 has unleashed a multi-dimensional, once-in-a-generation crisis. As the virus swept the globe,…
November 05, 2020

States must partner with civil society as second wave of COVID-19 hits countries

  NEW ANALYSIS: 'SOLIDARITY IN THE TIMES OF #COVID19: Civil Society Responses to the Pandemic' highlights the irreplaceable role of activists, NGOs & grassroots…
November 03, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Honduras to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) and the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (ASONOG) call on UN member states to urge…
November 03, 2020

ITALY: ‘The Sardines movement is all about building self-confidence in the progressive side of politics’

CIVICUS speaks to Andrea Garreffa, one of the founders of the Sardines movement (Movimento delle Sardine), a grassroots political movement that began in November…
November 03, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Malawi to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) call on UN member states to…
November 02, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Maldives to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on UN member states to urge the Government of the Maldives to…
October 30, 2020

ARGENTINA: ‘Cultural change enabled legal change, and legal change deepened cultural change’

Ten years after the Equal Marriage Law, a milestone for Latin America, was passed in Argentina, CIVICUS speaks with LGBTQI+ leader María Rachid about…
October 29, 2020

Appointment of UAE Ministry of Interior Official to the Presidency of INTERPOL

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العربية Dear Secretary General, We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern over recent reports announcing the candidacy of Major General Ahmed…
October 28, 2020

Polish government must stop violent crackdowns on protesters

#Poland: Authorities must refrain from using excessive force against protesters who are demonstrating against a near-total ban on #abortion. Military deployment at this time…
October 28, 2020

COVID-19: ‘This is not just a health crisis but also a justice crisis’

CIVICUS speaks to Abigail Moy, Director of the Legal Empowerment Network, the largest community of grassroots justice defenders in the world. Convened by the…
October 23, 2020

Judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammad Ismail

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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Front Line Defenders, FIDH, in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, the…
October 22, 2020

Ladies European Tour community should #StandWithSaudiHeroes

بالعربية Dear Organisers, Participants and Sponsors, We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to ask you to reconsider your participation in the Ladies European Tour…
October 22, 2020

Burundi: four journalists still in jail one year after they were arrested

Exactly one year to this day 4 journalists from the IWACU news agency were arrested and later convicted after a flawed judicial process. CIVICUS…
October 22, 2020

Tanzania: Systematic restrictions on fundamental freedoms in the run-up to national elections

🇹🇿🗳️With national elections in #Tanzania on 28 October, over 65 civil society organsations from across the world have called on President, @MagufuliJP, to end…
October 21, 2020

Nigeria: Urgent call to end violence against #EndSARS protesters

🇳🇬The brutal shooting of peaceful protesters in Lagos by Nigerian security forces is a gross violation of protesters’ rights and those responsible should be…
October 20, 2020

Honduras: killings and harassment of environmental defenders must stop

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Honduran authorities must act to protect environmental defenders in the community of Guapinol and investigate threats and harassment against them, according to global civil…
October 19, 2020

Thailand: Drop charges against peaceful protesters and end restrictions on civic freedoms

Read the Thai version of the letter Letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand as the government cracks down on peaceful protests calling for democracy, human rights and reform.…
October 17, 2020

Country recommendations on civic space for Universal Periodic Review

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CIVICUS makes joint UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on civil society space in Mozambique, Niger, Paraguay and Singapore The United Nations Human Rights…
October 16, 2020

Amid COVID-19, what is the health of civic freedoms?

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By Marianna Belalba Barreto, Civic Space Research Lead at CIVICUS and Aarti Narsee, Civic Space Research Officer More than half a year after the World Health Organization declared the…
October 15, 2020

Algeria: Critically-ill activist Abdallah Benaoum must be immediately released

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بالعربية The Algerian authorities have accelerated the arbitrary detention and prosecution of activists and journalists amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently refusing requests to provisionally…
October 15, 2020

Open letter to the G20 Finance Ministers

Dear G20 Finance Ministers, As you meet this week, we are writing to you to encourage you to take concrete actions in order to…
October 15, 2020

MYANMAR: ‘Opposition parties complain that the election body censors their messaging'

CIVICUS speaks to award-winning journalist Cape Diamond (Pyae Sone Win) about the upcoming elections in Myanmar. Cape is a multimedia journalist based in Myanmar,…
October 15, 2020

With targeted attacks on civil society, the future of democracy hangs in the balance in…

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By Sylvia Mbataru, Civic Space Research at CIVICUS Elections in East Africa have faced a wave of recent problems. Presidents pursuing extended term limits,…
October 14, 2020

85 CSOs concerned as Cuba is granted a new seat on UN Human Rights Council

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In response to Cuba’s election to a fifth term on the Human Rights Council, 85 Cuban and international human rights and freedom-of-expression organizations, in…
October 08, 2020

Outcomes from the UN Human Rights Council: Progress & Shortcomings

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Joint statement from the end of the United Nations' 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council 14 organisations share reflections on the key…
October 08, 2020

Pakistani authorities must prevent further attacks on transgender people

Pakistani authorities must investigate recent wave of brutal attacks and killings of #transgender people in #Pakistan and ensure justice and accountability for the violence…
October 06, 2020

Saudi Arabia: C20 attendees must call on government to free jailed activists

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In January 2020, over 220 Civil Society Organisations endorsed a statement issued by Amnesty International, CIVICUS and Transparency International announcing that they will not…
October 05, 2020

Singapore: Drop police report against independent media outlet New Naratif

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We, the undersigned civil society organisations, urge the government of Singapore to order the Elections Department (ELD) to immediately withdraw its police report against…