July 03, 2020

HUNGARY: ‘Trans people are having our rights being taken away’

  A new law in Hungary, passed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevents trans people from legally changing their gender. CIVICUS speaks…
July 03, 2020

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms

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🇸🇬Singapore: Three civil society organisations call on parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to commit to respecting and protecting human rights, particularly fundamental freedoms,…
July 02, 2020

Ethiopia: Stop violence against protesters and lift internet restrictions

(Johannesburg 2 July 2020) CIVICUS calls on the authorities in Ethiopia to stop using violence to disperse ongoing protests and to lift internet restrictions…
July 01, 2020

Upholding fundamental rights is crucial for global crisis response

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Joint Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Madame High Commissioner, Thank…
July 01, 2020

Comprehensive UN resolution needed to protect civic space

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Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights A group of governments (Ireland,…
July 01, 2020

Eritrea: Impunity persists for attacks against human rights — international action needed

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Statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council   CIVICUS and the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights welcome the Special…
July 01, 2020

Philippines under scrutiny at the UN Human Rights Council

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Joint statement at the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council   Madame President; High Commissioner. CIVICUS and Karapatan welcome the strong report of…
July 01, 2020

TUNISIA: ‘The official response has failed to consider the gendered aspects of the pandemic’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
June 30, 2020

COSTA RICA: ‘Once legal change achieved, public policy should continue to focus on structural exclusion’

On 26 May 2020, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognise same-sex marriage. CIVICUS speaks with Herman Duarte, a lawyer…
June 30, 2020

Egypt: End Reprisals, Harassment and Threats Against Civil Society Leader Mostafa Fouad

Arabic The undersigned civil society organisations call on Egyptian authorities to immediately end their harassment of Egyptian activist and Deputy Director of HuMENA for…
June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Used as Smokescreen to Undermine Gender Rights Globally

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By Aarti Narsee, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual and reproductive rights are being attacked globally: LGBTQI+ persons are facing…
June 25, 2020

Rebuilding for Good

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Arabic | بالعربيةFrench | FrançaisSpanish | Español   Full article Actions needed from governments to support & sustain civil society The COVID-19 pandemic has had…
June 24, 2020

MEXICO: ‘Violence against women is a historical pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks with Wendy Figueroa, director of the Red Nacional de Refugios (National Network of Shelters), a Mexican civil society organisation (CSO) that has…
June 23, 2020

Coronavirus and European Civil Society

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By Aarti Narsee, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS European civil society is in a tug-of-war between restrictions, which may lead to the rise of…
June 22, 2020

MALAWI: ‘Girls need protection against COVID-19, and against endemic violations of their rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Ephraim Chimwaza, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Concern and Development (CESOCODE), a Malawian reproductive health and women’s rights civil…
June 22, 2020

Observations on the quest to build back better

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SDG Knowledge Hub’s interview with Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer Five years since the passage of the SDGs, the impulse in many quarters is…
June 19, 2020

Fiji: Stop harassing peaceful protesters at the University of the South Pacific

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Joint Statement by Amnesty International and CIVICUS The Fiji authorities must respect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly for university staff…
June 18, 2020

No country is above scrutiny -- resolution needed for human rights emergency in USA

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Statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council Like so many, we have watched with horror as protesters seeking justice and equality…
June 17, 2020

LEBANON: ‘Change begins by handing over the mic to grassroots feminist organisations’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
June 16, 2020

Right to protest and civic freedoms

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By Josef Benedict, civic space researcher at CIVICUS The right to peaceful assembly is a fundamental freedom and key pillar for civic space. When…
June 16, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions cannot set new precedents for civil society participation at the UN

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Joint statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council     Madame President, The Vienna Declaration recognizes the important role of non-governmental…
June 15, 2020

International support for petition to declare Cuba’s Decree-Law 370 unconstitutional

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The undersigned organizations and media outlets support the petition presented on June 8 in Cuba before the National Assembly, the State Council, the Supreme…
June 14, 2020

Joint statement on the role of the UN in the prevention of human rights crises

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Joint statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council   Madam President, Rapporteurs, Firstly, while we acknowledge the exceptional circumstances presented by…
June 11, 2020

Censorship and surveillance could be the biggest rights challenges post Covid-19

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS & Marianna Belalba Barreto, Civic Space Researcher Significant public attention in relation to Covid-19 has focused on…
June 11, 2020

JAPAN: ‘The vulnerability of the homeless is the result of contemporary society’s built-in social exclusion’

CIVICUS speaks to Tsubasa Yuki of Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living about the situation of homeless people amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.…
June 10, 2020

COVID-19 is a reminder that civil society is vital to the defence of our collective…

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This article was originally published on Revista da Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD By Lysa JohnSecretary-General, CIVICUS@LysaJohn Covid-19 victims dying in hospital corridors and on the…
June 04, 2020

Law enforcement agencies and decision makers must respect the right to protest in the US 

Over 10,000 protesters have been arrested in the #USA.Law enforcement agencies and decision makers must respect the right to protest.Statement: https://t.co/BTn0voaqSv#GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/N25Sx3Ebpw —…
June 03, 2020

Joint letter to UN Member States: Ensure meaningful virtual participation in 2020 review of the…

Joint letter to United Nations Member States: Ensure meaningful civil society participation in the 2020 virtual High Level Political Forum Civil society participation in the…
June 03, 2020

India: Two more women activists arrested as crackdown on protesters continue

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Human Rights Defenders Alert – India and global civil society alliance CIVICUS call for the immediate release of two women activists who were arrested…
June 02, 2020

ASIA: ‘Under the pandemic, racism against Indigenous peoples has intensified’

CIVICUS speaks to Gam Shimray, Secretary General of the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), about the situation of Indigenous groups in Asia amid the…
June 01, 2020

OPINION: Want a better post-pandemic world? Civil society has the answers

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By Andrew Firmin, CIVICUS Editor-in-Chief  Many of us continue to live in states of lockdown, but even as we do so the debate about…
May 28, 2020

Successes of people’s movements shows the way forward for post-pandemic recovery says new report

 Pandemic has accelerated major economic, political and social problems Civil society has proven its value by winning key breakthroughs over the last year The…
May 27, 2020

Release human rights defenders at risk in the context of COVID-19

Mr Amit ShahUnion Home Minister of IndiaMinistry of Home AffairsGovernment of India Re: Release human rights defenders at risk in the context of COVID-19…
May 25, 2020

Egypt: open letter calling for an independent investigation into the death of Shady Habash

Arabic CIVICUS, together with more than 60 organisations, calls for an open and independent investigation into the jailing and death of filmmaker hady Habash. 
May 21, 2020

To face COVID-19, the human rights community must first protect its own workers

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By Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS This crisis should be a wakeup call to all of us in civil society to strengthen social…