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January 17, 2017

The Gambia: Time to respect the will of Gambians

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to respect constitutional norms and the will of the Gambian people. As the 19 January…
January 11, 2017

Suppression of freedom of expression in Uganda increases

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CIVICUS speaks to Ugandan independent blogger and journalist Rosebell Kagumire (pictured). She speaks on the situation for journalists in Uganda, freedom of expression in…
January 09, 2017

Burundi civil society sees the International Criminal Court as a last resort for justice

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January 04, 2017

Strict legal restrictions on foreign funding hit India’s NGOs

CIVICUS interviews Mathew Jacob on the restrictions on freedom of association and attacks on civil society in India including laws on foreign funding. Jacob…
December 23, 2016

Democratic Republic of Congo: stop the killing of protesters

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and Nouvelle Société Civile Congolaise (NSCC), condemn the senseless killing of at least 34 protesters in the Democratic Republic of…
December 22, 2016

CIVICUS and Consorcio Oaxaca demand the immediate release of unjustly detained Mexican human rights defenders

Click here to read a Spanish language version of this release CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and the Mexican CSO Consorcio para el…


The death of Baek Nam-gi: tragic local story connects to troubling global trend

By Gayoon Baek On the 25th of September 2016, a 70-year old farmer died in South Korea of a brain haemorrhage after 317 days unconscious. Since then, people have held candlelight vigils and a daily mass…

Monitoring, first step to halt shrinking civic space

By Bihter Moschini In 2015, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Tunisian civil society. At the close of last year, one of the nominees for the same prize was another civic group, the Syrian White…

Natural resource activists are paying a heavy price

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Elisa Peter  Today, natural resource campaigners are facing increasingly virulent push-back from political leaders and powerful corporations intent on defending vested interests. From dam construction on the Honduran Gualcarque River, to gold…

Sioux protests and the protection of human rights in the United States

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We need to safeguard civic space

By Danny Sriskandarajah For those of us interested in social justice, democracy and human rights around the world, this Human Rights Day comes at the end of an annus horribilis. From the streets to the internet,…

Global gender goals: achieving local impact

By Davis Adieno  Demand is growing for gender data and targeted solutions for challenges unique to women, men, girls or boys. Data, accountability and sustainable development expert Davis Adieno explains the challenges and opportunities of achieving…

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, through its Early Warning System, has noted continued repressive conditions for local civil society activists and organisations. In March 2010, a copy of a draft law to suppress independent civil society was leaked to the local press and immediately garnered widespread denunciation from local civil society, as well as international criticism from both human rights groups and governments.

Among the worst restrictions in the proposed law are provisions that would grant the Minister of Social Solidarity unchecked authority to deny registration or de-register and liquidate any civil society organisation. This Ministerial prerogative -- along with provisions that explicitly limit civil society activities to "social care, development, and community awareness-raising" and require Minister of Social Solidarity permission for all civil society partnerships with any international entity -- would effectively repress the little remaining space for any freedom of expression, association and assembly in Egypt.

"Without an open space for civil society there is no hope that the elections scheduled for the next two years will be fair and transparent," said Netsanet Belay, manager of CIVICUS' Civil Society Watch programme. "There is a critical need in Egypt for legislative amendments to enable truly democratic processes, including reform of election laws that grant the Interior Minister broad, practically unrestricted, powers to supervise voter registration, open the door for nominations and declare the election results."

CIVICUS and the Every Human Has Rights (EHHR) campaign call upon their members and supporters to apply sustained pressure on both the Egyptian government and key international actors by stating their unequivocal censure of the leaked draft Law on Associations and Foundations and their solidarity with Egyptian civil society in demanding open, transparent, and democratic multi-party elections. Visit www.everyhumanhasrights.org to find out how you can take action now.

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global movement of civil society with members and partners in over a hundred countries. The Civil Society Watch (CSW) programme of CIVICUS tracks threats to civil society freedoms of expression, association and assembly across the world. CIVICUS is also taking the lead on the EHHR campaign.

For more information please contact CIVICUS:
Jessica Hume (jessica.hume at civicus dot org), Communications Officer or 
Adam Nord (adam.nord at civicus dot org ), Civil Society Watch Programme Officer
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