October 15, 2021

COP26: ‘We hope for stricter obligations under the principle of common but differentiated responsibility’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 14, 2021

COP26: ‘We need a power shift to communities, especially to women, in managing climate resources’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 13, 2021

COP26: ‘My hope lies in the people coming together to demand justice’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 13, 2021

Myanmar’s presence at the ASEAN Summit

To: ASEAN LeadersH.E. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Prime Minister of BruneiH.E Hun Sen, Prime Minister of CambodiaH.E Joko Widodo, President of IndonesiaH.E…
October 13, 2021

Singapore: Withdraw Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

Today, eleven undersigned organizations called on the Government of Singapore to withdraw the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill (‘FICA’). FICA’s provisions contravene international legal and…
October 12, 2021

Joint statement: 13 NGOs’ reaction to the Human Rights Council’s 48th Session

in Geneva

This is a joint statement by 13 NGOs.1 To commemorate the International Safe Abortion Day, 372 organisations demanded free, safe and accessible abortion for…
October 11, 2021

UN Human Rights Council falls short of action needed on Cambodia’s human rights crisis

in Geneva

Resolution on Cambodia adopted at the 48th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council The Human Rights Council has renewed the mandate of…
October 11, 2021

Resolution on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms adopted

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights 
October 08, 2021

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on equal participation in political and public affairs

in Geneva

  CIVICUS welcomes the adoption by consensus of a resolution on equal participation in political and public affairs by the UN Human Rights Council.
October 07, 2021

COP26: ‘Marginalised communities should be at the centre of climate action’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
October 07, 2021

The crisis of accountability persists in the Philippines

in Geneva

Statement at 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Roneo Clamor, Karapatan CIVICUS and Karapatan welcome the High Commissioner’s update. In June…
October 07, 2021

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: ‘Canadians stand in solidarity with us and want to see change’

CIVICUS speaks with Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel of the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), about reactions to recently evidence of…
October 06, 2021

USA: ‘Extremist politicians have been hellbent on stigmatising and banning abortion for decades’

CIVICUS speaks with Caroline Duble, Political Director of Avow – Unapologetic Abortion Advocacy, about the current backlash against women’s rights in the USA, and…
October 06, 2021

Cambodia: the Council must address human rights and political crisis

in Geneva

Statement at 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Cambodia Delivered by Lisa Majumdar…
October 06, 2021

Russia: Stop smear campaigns, persecution of civil society

The ongoing violations of the right to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression, and particularly the labelling of civil society groups as “foreign…
October 05, 2021

DRC: Ongoing restrictions on civic freedoms must be addressed and accountability ensured

in Geneva

Statement at 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Enhanced Interactive Dialogoue on the High Commissioner's report on the Democratic Republic…
October 01, 2021

Mozambique's Adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Statement at 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review outcome adoption of Mozambique Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Madame…
October 01, 2021

Paraguay's Adoption of the Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for Paraguay Delivered by Inés M. Pousadela Thank you, Madame President. Semillas para la Democracia…
October 01, 2021

Niger's Adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Niger must take opportunity to consolidate its democracy and lift restrictions on civic space Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for…
September 30, 2021

Singapore must expand civic space and end undue restrictions on fundamental freedoms: UN Human Rights…

in Geneva

Amidst emerging threats to civic space, representatives from civil society called on Singapore’s Government to abide by its international legal obligations and commitments to…
September 30, 2021

UAE: Appeal for UAE to release detained human rights activists ahead of Dubai Expo

عربي   Your Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, As the Expo Dubai 2020 opens for six months starting on 1 October 2021…
September 30, 2021

Singapore's Adoption of Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights -- Outcome Adoption for Singapore Delivered by Cornelius Hanung Thank you, Madame President. Singapore has fully accepted just…
September 30, 2021

MIGRATION: ‘The spread of COVID-19 is no excuse to confront vulnerable people with more violence’

CIVICUS speaks with Maddalena Avon, project coordinator at the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) about the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe under…
September 30, 2021

Philippines: International community must support independent investigative mechanism to end attacks on civil society

New research on the state of civic freedoms in the Philippines CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, continues to call on the UN Human Rights…
September 29, 2021

Reprisals perpetrated with impunity risk weakening our human rights mechanisms

in Geneva

Statement at 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 5: Interactive Dialogue on the Secretary-General’s report on reprisals Delivered by Lisa Majumdar…
September 29, 2021

COP26: ‘A key priority is to address vulnerability at the community level’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
September 29, 2021

Sudan: Stop harassing journalists and human rights defenders

in News

🇸🇩#Sudan: Over the last few weeks, the Sudanese authorities have used criminal provisions which carry lengthy penalties to harass and intimidate journalists and human…
September 27, 2021

MEXICO: ‘Alliances, public debate & diversification of voices are indispensable in the struggle to expand…

CIVICUS speaks with Verónica Esparza and Rebeca Lorea, respectively lawyer and researcher and Public Policy Advocacy Coordinator at Information Group on Reproductive Choice (GIRE,…
September 27, 2021

Countries on CIVICUS Monitor watchlist presented to UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Madame President. A number of countries have…
September 27, 2021

CSOs call for the Council’s urgent attention to Ghana's anti-gay draft bill

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council General Debate – Item 4 Madam President, In the spirit of Agenda Item…
September 25, 2021

COP26: ‘We hope that at COP26 words will translate into commitments that will change behaviours’

In the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow, UK between 31…
September 24, 2021

UN Human Rights Council should renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Paul Mulindwa Thank you, Madame President. CIVICUS and independent Burundian civil…
September 23, 2021

South Sudan: Widespread rights violations persist

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Delivered by Paul…
September 23, 2021

Indonesia: Government should immediately withdraw arbitrary charges against Fatia Maulidiyanti & Haris Azhar

The Indonesian government should put an end to the judicial harassment against human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, and uphold the right…
September 22, 2021

EL SALVADOR: ‘The president’s aim is to concentrate power’

CIVICUS speaks with Eduardo Escobar, executive director of Acción Ciudadana, an organisation that promotes transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption in El Salvador,…
September 22, 2021

From “We the Peoples” to “Our Common Agenda”, the UN is a Work in Progress

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer Although, people around the world generally hold positive opinions about the UN, its ability to respond to global crises remains…