January 27, 2023

Thailand: End unjust pre-trial detention against youth pro-democracy activists

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Photo credit: FORUM ASIA CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are…
January 27, 2023

Collective Activism Paying Dividends In Tanzania And Zambia

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By David Kobe, Advocacy and campaigns Lead for CIVICUS When President Samia Suluhu Hassan took over as President of Tanzania on 19 March 2021, following…
January 25, 2023

Call for an independent investigation into the death of Eswatini’s human rights activist, Thulani Maseko

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Representatives of the undermentioned civil society organisations are shocked to hear about the brutal killing of Eswatini human rights defender Thulani Maseko. Such attacks…
January 24, 2023

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: ‘This treaty should not be negotiated behind closed doors’

CIVICUS speaks about the process to develop an international treaty on business and human rights and the role of civil society with Ivette Gonzalez,…
January 23, 2023

ZAMBIA: ‘The abolition of the death penalty is a victory for civil society calling for…

CIVICUS speaks about Zambia’s recent abolition of the death penalty and the role played by civil society with Macdonald Chipenzi, outgoing Executive Director of…
January 20, 2023

PHILIPPINES: ‘This victory belongs to everyone who supported and fought with us’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent acquittal of 10 human rights defenders in the Philippines with Maria Sol Taule, a human rights lawyer and member…
January 18, 2023

Maldives: Police should scrap plan to use taser guns

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We, the undersigned organisations, call on the government of the Maldives to immediately halt preparations for the Maldives Police Service (MPS) to be issued…
January 16, 2023

Cambodia: Blocking of music video another blow to freedom of expression

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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are appalled that the Cambodian…
January 16, 2023

Sri Lanka: End Arbitrary Detention of Student Activist

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Wasantha Mudalige Held 150 Days Under Draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act The Sri Lankan government should immediately end the arbitrary detention of Wasantha Mudalige,…
January 13, 2023

Afghanistan: International community must urge Taliban to lift ban on women’s access to employment

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CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, is appalled by the decision of the Taliban to ban women from employment in local and international non-governmental…
January 11, 2023

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘Violence against women is a global crisis that needs urgent attention’

CIVICUS speaks about civil society’s role in the fight against gender-based violence with Lina AbiRafeh, a feminist activist, women’s rights expert and Senior Advisor…
January 10, 2023

PERU: ‘Political and social instability has already cost dozens of lives’

CIVICUS speaks about the political crisis in Peru with Nadia Ramos, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Centre of the Americas and official spokesperson for…
December 27, 2022

Year in review – Protesters take to the streets across Africa in 2022 despite restrictions

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By Ine Van Severen, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS Over the past year, protests have been recorded in more than 30 countries across the…
December 23, 2022

GUATEMALA: ‘Criminal law is being used as a weapon of political persecution’

CIVICUS discusses corruption in Guatemala and the criminalisation of anti-corruption activism with Claudia González, former member of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala…
December 21, 2022

AUSTRALIA: ‘Repressive laws have been introduced to limit people’s ability to protest against climate injustice’

CIVICUS speaks about the challenges faced by climate activists in Australia with Nelli Stevenson, head of communications and investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Greenpeace…
December 19, 2022

Peru: Avoid violence and create enabling conditions for civic freedoms

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CIVICUS expresses concern about the use of excessive force by security forces against protesters in Peru following the ouster of former President Pedro Castillo.…
December 19, 2022

CIVICUS' UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space in the United Arab Emirates…

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The United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all…
December 19, 2022

#FreeSherifOsman: UAE must not extradite political commentator to Egypt, where he would face torture

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Arabic We, the undersigned organisations, urge the authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) not to deport Sherif Osman to Egypt, where he would…
December 18, 2022

AFGHANISTAN: ‘Open-source monitoring reveals both the clampdown on women’s rights and the impact on their…

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of human rights and women’s rights in Afghanistan with Anouk Theunissen and Humaira Rahbin, researchers with Afghan Witness, and…
December 16, 2022

INDONESIA: ‘The new Criminal Code spells danger for civil society’

CIVICUS speaks about the new criminal code passed in Indonesia with Fatia Maulidiyanti, Executive Coordinator of KontraS/The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of…
December 16, 2022

African Commission must promote and protect human rights for all

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Arabic | Kiswahili | Portuguese  African Commission’s rejection of observer status applications by three human rights organisations threatens its ability to discharge its mandate…
December 15, 2022

Human rights crisis in Nicaragua: the UN Human Rights Council must strengthen and renew for…

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Joint Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on NicaraguaSpeaker: Juan Carlos Arce   I deliver this statement on…
December 15, 2022

Nicaragua: Growing human rights violations require UN scrutiny to continue

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UN Human Rights Council – Intersessional Activity Interactive Dialogue on the interim oral update by the High Commissioner on the human rights situation in…
December 14, 2022

Bahrain: Court decision to uphold reprisal charges against Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja another violation of his rights

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A recent decision by Bahrain’s Second Criminal Court to uphold two separate criminal charges against leading human rights defender Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja demonstrates the Bahraini…
December 13, 2022

Laos: After 10 years, civil society worldwide is still asking: “Where is Sombath?”

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**Photo: Prachatai Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and…
December 13, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Outstanding issues on the binding treaty on business and human rights are mainly…

Why is a binding treaty on business and human rights so important? The process to develop this treaty stems from the conviction that a…
December 13, 2022

Australia: millions say no to jailing of peaceful climate activists

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Over 220 organisations representing millions of members across the country have united to condemn the recent 15 month jail sentence for climate activist Deanna…
December 09, 2022

Bangladesh: Government must stop human rights violations and end impunity

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The undersigned human rights organisations commemorate all victims of human rights violations and stand in solidarity with the victims’ families in Bangladesh and across…
December 06, 2022

LEBANON: ‘The world seems to be starting to forget Syrian refugees’

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon with Serene Dardari, Middle East Regional Communications Manager, and Mahmoud Abdullah, Lebanon Bekaa Area…
December 05, 2022

Joint statement: Standing in solidarity with Filipino human rights defenders

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We, the undersigned organisations, express our utmost concern over the ongoing criminalization of ten human rights defenders and members of Karapatan, GABRIELA and the…
December 02, 2022

SOUTH AFRICA: ‘We want to live in an environment that respects women and recognises our…

As part of the #16DaysOfActivism campaign, CIVICUS speaks with Amanda Nomnqa about civil society efforts to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. Amanda…
December 02, 2022

Hong Kong: conviction of trustees and secretary from 612 Humanitarian Fund another blow to civil…

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Photo credit: Hong Kong Watch CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, and Asia Democracy Network (AND) are appalled by the conviction of six pro-democracy…
December 01, 2022

EUROPE: ‘Delays in dealing with gender-based violence cost women, children and LGBTQI+ people their lives’

As part of the #16DaysOfActivism campaign, CIVICUS speaks about civil society efforts to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) with Eliana Jimeno and Charlotte Cramer of…
December 01, 2022

Mali: Reverse ban on organisations receiving funds from France

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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…