August 14, 2022

CANADA: ‘Indigenous people who are most marginalised experience significant human rights violations.’

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous people’s rights in Canada with Melanie Omeniho, president of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak/Women of the Metis Nation (LFMO). Founded in…
August 11, 2022

Guinea: Release human rights defenders and lift restrictions on freedom of assembly

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The use of violence and the killing of demonstrators to disperse ongoing protests in Guinea entrenches impunity and is a major setback for the…
August 10, 2022

AUSTRALIA: ‘Indigenous Australians must be represented at the heart of policy-making’

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous peoples’ rights in Australia with Paul Wright, National Director of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), a civil society…
August 10, 2022

FIJI: Contempt proceedings over highlighting spelling mistake inject climate of fear

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Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the Fiji government to drop contempt charges against a lawyer in Fiji for the exercise of his right…
August 09, 2022

Demands to release Mexican land rights campaigner on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 9 August, global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges the Mexican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Indigenous land rights campaigner…
August 09, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘The power of anti-rights groups is growing; difficult times lie ahead’

CIVICUS speaks with Tamara Adrián, founder and director of DIVERLEX-Diversity and Equality Through Law, about the successful civil society campaign for the renewal of…
August 09, 2022

Uganda: Reverse the suspension of LGBT organisation

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CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world is seriously concerned…
August 08, 2022

EGYPT: ‘Women’s rights are not a priority in the government’s agenda’

Content warning: this interview contains references to sexual assault, rape and femicide. CIVICUS speaks with Azza Soliman about the widespread anger triggered by recent…
August 08, 2022

Sri Lanka: end government crackdown on peaceful protesters

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We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Sri Lankan authorities' violent crackdown and increasing reprisals against peaceful protesters in Sri Lanka. This includes arrests, intimidation…
August 05, 2022

BANGLADESH: ‘Civil society made a lot of efforts to stop Japan financing the Matarbari project’

CIVICUS speaks about the cancellation of the Matarbari 2 coal-fired power plant project in Bangladesh with Sharif Jamil, General Secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon…
August 04, 2022

‘Due to closed civic space, it is difficult to build the resilience of communities inside…

CIVICUS speaks with Helen Kidan, executive member of the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR), about 20 years of crackdown by the…
August 03, 2022

CAMEROON: ‘Indigenous people should be at the forefront of our own movement and speak for…

CIVICUS speaks about Indigenous peoples’ rights in Cameroon with Barrister Unusa Karimu, board member of Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA). MBOSCUDA is…
August 01, 2022

28 CSOs condemn the continued blocking of Al-Manassa’s website and dozens of other news websites

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The undersigned civil society organisations condemn the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of three links to access the Al-Manassa website within approximately 72 hours,…
August 01, 2022

SPAIN: ‘We demand legal and safe channels for migration; attempts to stop it will only…

CIVICUS speaks with Solidary Wheels about the deadly consequences of European governments’ anti-migrant policies, in light of the deaths of migrants at an attempted…
July 29, 2022

Joint Civil Society Letter to UN Member States: Appointment of the next UN High Commissioner…

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Your Excellency, The post of High Commissioner for Human Rights is critical to the promotion and protection of human rights globally, particularly at a…
July 28, 2022

Pakistan:‘International support to civil society must come with understanding of our political & societal context’

CIVICUS speaks about the political situation in Pakistan since the removal of its Prime Minister Imran Khan with journalist and researcher Rabia Mehmood. Rabia…
July 28, 2022

Joint statement: the European Union must address reprisals against human rights defenders in India

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The joint European Union (EU)-India press release, which provides a summary of the topics discussed during the 10th EU-India human rights dialogue which took…
July 27, 2022

CIVICUS’ submission to the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism

The High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism launched a wide range of public consultations on ideas for more effective multilateralism with experts, leaders, practitioners, non-governmental…
July 27, 2022

CIVICUS UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space in Benin, Guatemala, Pakistan, Peru,…

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The United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of…
July 26, 2022

Myanmar: Execution of four democracy activists highlights junta’s brutality

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We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the execution carried out by the military junta against four pro-democracy activists in Myanmar. We call on the international…
July 25, 2022

Malawi: respect human rights and allow peaceful protest

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The government of Malawi must stop the clampdown on peaceful protests and respect the rights of its citizens to voice concerns which is in…
July 25, 2022

Maldives: amend provision in the evidence act that compels journalists to reveal sources

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The undersigned 10 organizations call on the government of Maldives to repeal or amend the deeply problematic provision in the Evidence Act (Act No.…
July 25, 2022

Serious concerns over ongoing violations of human rights in Nicaragua and lack of accountability for…

His Excellency António Guterres  Secretary-General United Nations  405 East 42nd Street New York, NY,  10017 USA 30  By email: and   Dear Secretary-General, …
July 24, 2022

CIVICUS calls for the release of Eswatini MPs before the anniversary of their detention

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Calls for the release of Eswatini MPs Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube 25 July marks their one-year anniversary in detention  MPs feature in …
July 23, 2022

Sri Lanka: Brutal attack against peaceful protesters by security forces

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Joint Statement Five human rights organizations strongly condemned the brutal attack against unarmed peaceful protesters by Sri Lankan forces in Colombo in the early…
July 21, 2022

Chad’s transition to nowhere

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By Ine Van Severan, Civic Space Researcher & David Kode, Lead of Advocacy and Campaigns cluster Chad’s return to civilian rule is under threat. 15…
July 21, 2022

MONGOLIA: ‘The government makes decisions without proper consultation’

CIVICUS speaks with two civil society activists, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, about restrictions experienced by civil society in Mongolia and…
July 20, 2022

TUNISIA: ‘The new constitution will guarantee the president extensive powers, enabling further violations’

CIVICUS speaks about Tunisia’s 25 July constitutional referendum with Amine Ghali, director of Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM).  KADEM is a civil society…
July 18, 2022

This Mandela Day lets redouble efforts to free imprisoned human rights defenders

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By Benjamin Tonga and Mandeep Tiwana On 18 July, people in South Africa and around the world will mark Nelson Mandela Day to commemorate…
July 18, 2022

Sri Lanka: State of emergency must not be used to curtail fundamental freedoms

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CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, is concerned with the declaration of a state of emergency by the prime minister’s office in Sri Lanka…
July 18, 2022

Activism works: on Mandela Day, let's boost efforts to free human rights defenders around the…

#StandAsMyWitness campaign launched two years ago on Nelson Mandela Day Campaign has been part of successful global calls to release incarcerated human rights defenders …
July 14, 2022

JAMAICA: ‘We must establish a republic – where the people are sovereign and not the…

CIVICUS speaks about the movement to make Jamaica a republic with Professor Rosalea Hamilton, founding director of the Institute of Law and Economics and…
July 14, 2022

Indonesia: Draft law of criminal code negatively impacts fundamental freedoms

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Statement in Indonesian Joint statement: Hold public consultations on the revised draft of the Criminal Code and repeal restrictive provisions We, the undersigned organizations,…
July 14, 2022

Egypt: CSOs urge German Ministers to raise human rights with President Al-Sisi ahead of COP27

Arabic Civil society groups have written a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Baerbock and State Minister and Special Envoy Morgan urging them to press President…
July 13, 2022

TURKEY: ‘Civilian refugees should not be used as political bargaining chips’

CIVICUS speaks with Bassam Alahmad, co-founder and executive director of Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ), about the Turkish plan to return one million…
July 12, 2022

Egypt: Uphold rights to free expression at environmental summit

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Arabic 36 organisations urge Egyptian authorities to end crackdown on civil society organisations and peaceful protests for a successful COP27 Egyptian authorities should ease…