June 14, 2024

PERU: ‘The government is opening the door to dangerous practices such as ‘conversion therapies’’

CIVICUS discusses LGBTQI+ rights in Peru with Rodrigo Flores Castro, clinical psychologist and coordinator of the Mental Health Committee of Más Igualdad (‘More Equality’),…
June 13, 2024

CIVICUS joins eight CSOs to sign landmark partnership to promote an enabling environment for civil…

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The European Union System for an Enabling Environment for Civil Society (EU SEE) program seeks to support civil society to thrive by preventing efforts…
June 13, 2024

SLOVAKIA: ‘We hope the government’s attempts to stifle activism will ultimately fail’

CIVICUS discusses democracy, civic space and media freedoms in Slovakia with Rasto Kužel, Executive Director of MEMO 98, a leading media monitoring organisation with…
June 12, 2024

INDONESIA: ‘This court ruling is a victory for journalists and activists who’ve faced legal consequences…

CIVICUS speaks about a recent court ruling upholding freedom of expression with Alviani Sabillah, researcher at the Centre of Indonesian Law and Policy Studies…
June 11, 2024

CIVICUS at the 56th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council: Advocacy Priorities

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In the upcoming 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council (18 June to 12 July) CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance with a…
June 11, 2024

HAITI: ‘If the mission succeeds, the authorities won’t have to turn again to the international…

CIVICUS speaks with Haitian lawyer Rosy Auguste Ducéna about the situation in Haiti and the prospects for a newly deployed international mission. Rosy is…
June 10, 2024

Venezuela’s Opportunity for Democracy

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 By Ines Pousadela, CIVICUS Senior Research Specialist, co-director and writer for CIVICUS Lens and co-author of the State of Civil Society Report. Venezuela’s 28 July presidential election…
June 10, 2024

SINGAPORE: ‘The entrenched system instils fear, making progress for civil society slow and difficult’

CIVICUS speaks about Singapore’s recent leadership change with Kirsten Han, an independent writer, journalist and member of the Transformative Justice Collective (TJC). The TJC…
June 09, 2024

GERMANY: ‘The rise of the far right will make things more difficult, but the EU…

CIVICUS speaks with Andreas Müller, Executive Director of Democracy International, about the European Parliament elections and his expectations for the results in Germany. Democracy…
June 08, 2024

ITALY: ‘Our legal action forced the authorities to act to protect nature and people’s health’

CIVICUS speaks about a recent biodiversity court victory in Italy with Francesco Maletto, wildlife and habitats lawyer at ClientEarth, an environmental civil society organisation…
June 07, 2024

India’s Election: Cracks Start to Show in Authoritarian Rule

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By Andrew Firmin, CIVICUS Editor-in-Chief, co-director and writer for CIVICUS Lens and co-author of the State of Civil Society Report. India’s Hindu nationalist strongman…
June 07, 2024

TUNISIA: ‘Civil society has remained active in a context of erosion of democracy and receding…

CIVICUS speaks about the challenges faced by Tunisia’s civil society as the government moves to restrict foreign funding with Larbi Sadiki, director of the…
June 06, 2024

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: ‘Repression sends a sobering message to anyone toying with the idea of organising…

CIVICUS speaks about repression in Equatorial Guinea with civil society activist Joaquín Elo. After being detained for almost a year in 2019, Joaquín is…
June 05, 2024

Open Letter to Cambodia: Drop charges against Mother Nature activists

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H. E. Koeut RithMinister of JusticeNo.14, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh,Cambodia. 5 June 2024, Your Excellency, Cambodia: Drop charges against Mother Nature activists CIVICUS: World…
June 05, 2024

KENYA: ‘The court sent a message that LGBTQI+ people are human beings entitled to all…

CIVICUS speaks about a recent court order protecting LGBTQI+ people in Kenya with the advocacy team of the Centre for Minority Rights and Strategic…
June 04, 2024

Joint Statement on the 35th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

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Thirty-five years ago, the Chinese government turned weapons against their own people in Beijing. As the tanks rolled into the city, millions of ordinary residents…
June 04, 2024

URUGUAY: ‘We don’t need a new media law, but proper implementation of the existing one’

CIVICUS speaks with Fabián Werner, president of the Centre for Archive and Access to Public Information (CAinfo), about a Media Law being discussed in…
June 03, 2024

TURKEY: ‘Civil society can still defeat the foreign agents bill if it plans and acts…

CIVICUS speaks with Gürkan Özturan, media freedom monitoring officer with the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), about the concerning implications of…
June 02, 2024

NETHERLANDS: ‘The coalition agreement softened the far-right’s stance, but the new government won’t defend minorities’

CIVICUS speaks with Thijs Berman, executive director of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), about the human rights concerns raised by the strict…
June 01, 2024

GAZA: ‘A free press is the ultimate antidote to the fog of war’

CIVICUS speaks with Carlos Martínez de la Serna, Program Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), about the vital role of journalists in…
May 31, 2024

MEXICO: ‘Sadly, the most notable feature of the campaign is the number of candidates killed’

CIVICUS speaks about Mexico’s 2 June general elections with Luis Eduardo Medina Torres, professor and elections researcher in the Department of Sociology at the…
May 30, 2024

CUBA: ‘The state is trying to reimpose fear so people don’t dare exercise their rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Johanna Cilano, Amnesty International's researcher for the Caribbean, about protests in Cuba and the challenges of activism in closed civic space.…
May 30, 2024

CHINA: ‘The Tiananmen massacre set the regime on the path it is still on today’

CIVICUS speaks with exiled Chinese human rights defender Zhou Fengsuo on the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. On 4 June 1989, the…
May 30, 2024

Hong Kong: Release seven detained under new security law and halt its use to silence…

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CIVICUS, a global civil alliance and the Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are extremely disturbed by reports that seven people have been arrested under a…
May 29, 2024

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS: ‘Advancing LGBTQI+ rights requires advocacy, awareness-raising and a concerted effort to…

CIVICUS speaks with Tim Prudhoe, a lawyer with Stanbrook Prudhoe, about a legal challenge brought against discriminatory legislation against LGBTQI+ people and the struggle…
May 28, 2024

CIVICUS Statement at the 79th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples'…

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Agenda Item 3 – Human rights situation in Africa (with a special focus on shrinking of civic space) Delivered by Paul Mulindwa, Africa Advocacy Lead…
May 28, 2024

PANAMA: ‘We’ll have to stay vigilant and resist any attempt to curtail rights and freedoms’

CIVICUS discusses the results of Panama’s recent presidential election with Olga de Obaldía, executive director of the Foundation for the Development of Civic Freedom.…
May 27, 2024

#ACHPR79: CIVICUS intervenes on the draft African Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

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The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights held a panel on 24 May 2024 at its 79th Ordinary Session to discuss the draft…
May 23, 2024

GAZA: ‘The attacks and disinformation campaign against UNRWA are aimed at dismantling it’

CIVICUS speaks with Jonathan Fowler of the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), about the agency’s role in Gaza and the challenges it…
May 22, 2024

Indonesia: Disruption of civil society water forum an attack on freedoms

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CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance is disturbed by reports that a civil society forum on water rights in Bali has been disrupted with…
May 22, 2024

AMERICAS: ‘The Inter-American Court of Human Rights will clarify states’ obligations in the face of…

CIVICUS speaks with Manuel Páez Ramírez, lawyer with the Human Rights and Environment Programme of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA), about the…
May 22, 2024

Thailand: Justice for Bung Sanesangkhom, stop harassment against dissent

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS), Focus on the Global South, Front Line Defenders,…
May 21, 2024

CROATIA: ‘The entry of the far right into government will halt or reverse progress on…

CIVICUS speaks with Ivan Novosel, director of programmes at Human Rights House Zagreb, about the results of Croatia’s recent parliamentary election and the potential…
May 21, 2024

Panama’s Elections: Has Impunity Prevailed?

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By Ines Pousadela Regional experts called it Panama’s most important election since the 1989 US invasion that deposed de facto president General Manuel Noriega. Panamanians went…
May 21, 2024

Philippines: Accountability Is the Solution to Human Rights Abuses, Not Marcos’ ‘Super Body’

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  We, the undersigned civil society organizations and human rights defenders, view with deep concern the creation of the Special Committee on Human Rights…
May 20, 2024

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘This election is about whether South Africans still believe in democracy’

CIVICUS speaks with Tessa Dooms, Programmes Director at Rivonia Circle, about the upcoming general election in South Africa. Established in 2022, Rivonia Circle is…
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