June 23, 2017

Egypt: Call to postpone the EU-Egypt Association Council

A coalition of civil society organisations have written to Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy…
June 21, 2017

CIVICUS Monitor: a new effort to study civic space

in Op-Eds

After two years of deep thinking and hard work, the global civil society alliance CIVICUS has launched the beta version of the CIVICUS Monitor…
June 20, 2017

Statement: Investigation needed into human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

in Geneva

35th session UN Human Rights Council Statement on situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  20 June 2017 CIVICUS shares…
June 20, 2017

Statement: Civil society rights violations on a global scale

in Geneva

35th session UN Human Rights Council General Debate 20 June 2017   In Egypt CIVICUS expresses its serious concern over the issuance of Law…
June 20, 2017

Statement on Burundi at the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

35th session UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi 15 June 2017 CIVICUS remains deeply concerned…
June 20, 2017

Statement on Ethiopia’s noncompliance with UN human rights evaluation

in Geneva

35th session UN Human Rights Council General Debate – Ethiopia’s noncompliance with UN Special Rapporteurs 16 June 2017 CIVICUS welcomes the Communication report of…
June 19, 2017

Big business and activists finally agree. On this one issue

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah With some of the world’s biggest economies now companies, not states, the benefits for civil society of working more closely with…
June 14, 2017

Statement on human rights violations in Eritrea

in Geneva

35th session UN Human Rights Council Statement during the interactive dialogue on the report of the Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in…
June 14, 2017

Joint statement on LGBTI rights: More safeguards needed against violence and discrimination

in Geneva

35th session of the Human Rights Council Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity 12 June,…
June 14, 2017

Victoria de la sociedad civil de El Salvador: Entra en vigor la ley que prohíbe…

English CIVICUS conversa con Saúl Baños, abogado de la Mesa Nacional frente a la Minería Metálica de El Salvador y Director Ejecutivo de una…
June 12, 2017

Liberian rural communities face ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with multinationals

CIVICUS speaks to a Liberian activist about the invasions by multinational companies into community and indigenous lands. Rural communities are at the receiving end…
June 07, 2017

Civicus at Human Rights Council: Statement on global state of civil society

in Geneva

35th session of the Human Rights Council General debate on High Commissioner´s oral update 7 June 2017 Thank you Mr. President, CIVICUS welcomes the High…
June 07, 2017

CIVICUS at Human Rights Council: Civil society helps fulfil human rights commitments

in Geneva

35th session of the Human Rights Council Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on the…
June 07, 2017

Egypt: Stop the onslaught against civil society

The undersigned civil society organisations express our serious concern over the recent escalation of restrictions on civil society and the public vilification of human…
June 06, 2017

Restrictions on Civic Space: A Global Emergency

The world is facing a democratic crisis through unprecedented restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly which constitute a global emergency…
June 06, 2017

A new way of doing business

In times of democratic crisis, the growing influence of business over commercial, political and social spheres can play a key role in safeguarding civic…
June 05, 2017

Renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in…

in Geneva

RE: Renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned civil society…
June 05, 2017

We Know We Can’t Do It Alone, But How Can We Work Together?

in Op-Eds

By Amy Taylor We’re living through a crisis of democracy where progressive internationalism is under attack. It’s now clearer than ever that civil society…
May 26, 2017

Joint letter to United Nations on human rights crisis in Ethiopia

in Geneva

  Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 25 May 2017   RE: Addressing the pervasive human…
May 22, 2017

Dire situation for journalists and civil society in Turkey

CIVICUS speaks to Huseyin Hurmali, President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation about the difficult environment for journalists in Turkey. Worldwide, Turkey has the…
May 18, 2017

Joint statement on Algeria: Accept UN recommendations and reverse record on civil society rights

in Geneva

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, and the Center for Research and Maghrebi Studies urge the Government of Algeria to accept recommendations received from the…
May 18, 2017

Promoting prosperity means starting with the basics

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Emerging challenges such as the impending rise of automation calls for new and innovative solutions. Yet sometimes, new problems can also…
May 16, 2017

Activism and the state: How African civil society responds to repression

in Op-Eds

By David Kode and Mouna Ben Garga In most African countries, freedom of expression, assembly and association are stifled by state and non-state actors…
May 15, 2017

Cultural barriers are lifting but legal and political obstacles still hinder gender equality in Chile

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Natalia Muñoz Castillo, director of International Affairs at the Observatory Against Street Harassment (OCAC), a Chilean civil society organisation that…
May 08, 2017

Hungary new Bill aims to silence civil society that criticises the state

CIVICUS speaks to Anita Koncsik of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) on the recent Bill on transparency of organisations receiving foreign funding. Anita…
May 04, 2017

Advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Peru, a risky fight against powerful enemies

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to María Ysabel Cedano, Director of DEMUS –Study for the Defense of Women’s Rights, a Peruvian feminist organisation that since 1987…
May 04, 2017

Bahrain: End Degrading Treatment of Activists

Bahraini authorities’ treatment of wrongfully imprisoned detainees violates international standards on prisoner treatment and in some cases may constitute cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, a…
May 03, 2017

Media Statement: New UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and…

in Geneva

ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and the World Movement for Democracy (the Civic Space…
May 03, 2017

A Free and Diverse Media is Essential to Protecting Democracy in the 21st Century

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Images of protestors flooding the streets – whether in Caracas, Bucharest, Istanbul or Washington DC – send a powerful message to…
May 03, 2017

World Press Freedom Day - Journalism Assailed On All Fronts

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, marks today’s World Press Freedom Day with a call for greater protection and respect for journalists and the…
May 02, 2017

Togetherness Against the Riptide of Restrictions

in Op-Eds

By Ellie Stephens and Katie Mattern We’ve all heard it repeated multiple times in our lives:  we all work better together. The work we…
May 02, 2017

Journalists on the front lines of global assault

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert, David Kode and Teldah Mawarire With reporters under attack the world over, it is imperative that citizens rally to protect press…
April 28, 2017

Critical need to support right to protest, says new report

Protest movements around the world are finding themselves on the frontlines of a global attack on democracy and human rights, according to a new…
April 28, 2017

How do we make sure older people aren’t left behind?

in Op-Eds

People around the world are living longer. In 2015, 12.3% of the world’s population was aged 60+. By 2050 this will soar to 21.5%.…
April 27, 2017

The CIVICUS Monitor – global data provides picture of a global crackdown

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert, Dom Perera and Marianna Belalba Today we launch ratings for all UN Member States on the CIVICUS Monitor – the first…
April 26, 2017

Democracy campaigner: governments are scared of the participation revolution

in Op-Eds

Closing space for civil society is undermining the ability of citizens to organise and mobilise. In an interview with Guardian Global development professionals network, CIVICUS…
April 26, 2017

How to Undermine Democracy – Curtail Civil Society Rights

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert, Dom Perera, and Marianna Belalba Recent elections and referendums in a growing number of countries from Turkey to the USA and beyond…
April 25, 2017

Omani human rights activist silenced and pushed into exile

CIVICUS interviews Habiba Al Hinai a human rights defender from Oman who had to leave the country for her own safety. She also elaborates…
April 24, 2017

Equatorial Guinea: CIVICUS urges release of activists and respect for human rights

Spanish  Update: Since the issuance of this release, as of 28 April Enrique Asumu has been released from jail. Alfredo Okenve is still in…
April 21, 2017

Backsliding on civic space in democracies

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana It’s no secret that democracy is facing a global stress test. Divisive politicians are creating a chasm between the majoritarian impulses…
April 20, 2017

Closure of Himal magazine part of ongoing onslaught on free expression in the South Asia…

CIVICUS speaks to Aunohita Mojumdar the editor of Himal Southasian, a review magazine of politics and culture based in Nepal and run by the…
April 19, 2017

Can Democracy Stand Up to the Cult of the Strongman Leader?

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana and Andrew Firmin Donald Trump’s presidency, recent protests in Russia and South Africa and the referendum to consolidate presidential power in…
April 12, 2017

La disolución de la Unión Nacional de Educadores del Ecuador, parte de una estrategia coordinada…

English CIVICUS conversa con Rosana Palacios Barriga (foto), presidenta de la Unión Nacional de Educadores (UNE) del Ecuador. La UNE, la organización de maestros…
April 11, 2017

Alerta: Continuo deterioro de instituciones democráticas en Venezuela

in News

La alianza global de la sociedad civil CIVICUS y el Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR) expresan su profunda preocupación por el creciente…
April 11, 2017

Alert: Continued deterioration of democratic institutions in Venezuela

in News

Spanish Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) are deeply concerned about the continuing deterioration of democratic institutions…
April 05, 2017

Bolivian government using law and force to cow civil society into silence

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Marco Antonio Gandarillas, Director of the Centre of Information and Documentation Bolivia (CEDIB), a human rights organisation founded in 1970…
April 04, 2017

Global assault on our basic freedoms signposts a dangerous return to the past

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Ask yourself these four questions. Can I criticise my head of state on Twitter? Can I join a human rights group…
April 04, 2017

People power under attack: just 3% of people live in countries where fundamental civic freedoms…

Almost six billion people live in 106 countries where there are serious violations of freedoms of expression, assembly, and association This first ever global…
April 03, 2017

Civic space threatened in 106 countries - CIVICUS Monitor

in News

Just three percent of people live in countries where the rights to protest, organise and speak out are respected, protected and fulfilled. This is…
April 03, 2017

Togo’s violations of the press are out of step with democratic norms

French CIVICUS speaks to Koffi Déla Frack Kepomey, the executive director of Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile du Togo (CNSC-Togo) concerning the recent…
April 02, 2017

CIVICUS UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

in Geneva

CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on 9 countries in advance of the 28th UPR…
March 31, 2017

New sentence by Venezuela´s Supreme Court consecrates a coup against the Venezuelan parliament

in News

Spanish Sentence No. 156, released around midnight on March 29, by which the Constitutional Chamber of Venezuela´s Supreme Court (TSJ) assumes all the powers…
March 30, 2017

Worker’s rights activism and human rights activism must be linked

Shawna Bader-Blau, executive director of the Solidarity Center, the largest worker rights organisation based in the United States speaks to CIVICUS about challenges facing…
March 28, 2017

Malawi makes good reforms on civic space but new NGO Policy sidelines human rights CSOs

CIVICUS interviews, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitations’ Fletcher Simwaka about the state of civic space in Malawi and the new NGO policy.…
March 23, 2017

Open Letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka

Dear Mr. President We, 48 undersigned organizations from 24 countries, strongly condemn the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human…
March 20, 2017

Cameroon: End crackdown, release detainees and resolve crisis

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS urges an end to the pervasive crackdown against English speaking Cameroonians as three respected civil society members - Barrister…
March 19, 2017

Adoption of Uganda´s Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

CIVICUS and the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Uganda (FHRI) ,welcome the adoption of the UPR report on Uganda and express their appreciation to…
March 19, 2017

Adoption of Zimbabwe´s Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Human Rights Council 34th Session CIVICUS and Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum welcome the Government of Zimbabwe’s continued cooperation with the Universal Periodic Review…
March 19, 2017

CIVICUS Statement on Universal Periodic Review Results in Venezuela

in Geneva

Human Rights Council 34th Session We address the Human Rights Council on behalf of CIVICUS in consultation with 170 Venezuelan civil society organizations. The…
March 19, 2017

Adoption of South Sudan´s Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights

in Geneva

Human Rights Council: 34th Session Adoption of South Sudan’s UPR Outcome Oral Intervention by East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)…
March 15, 2017

CIVICUS Statement at Human Rights Council on Global State of Civic Space

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council  Since the creation of the Council CIVICUS has appealed to States present here today to collectively address…
March 15, 2017

CIVICUS Statement at the Human Rights Council on South Sudan

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council CIVICUS is deeply alarmed by the report of the Commission on South Sudan about continued mass atrocities, violence,…
March 15, 2017

CIVICUS Statement at Human Rights Council on Burundi

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council   CIVICUS expresses serious concerns that the human rights situation has not improved since the last time we…
March 15, 2017

CIVICUS Statement at Human Rights Council on Eritrea

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council CIVICUS expresses its appreciation to the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea for the work she has done to highlight…
March 15, 2017

Egyptian women's rights defenders risk life in prison

Azza Soliman and Mozn Hassan have both been working to improve women's rights in Egypt. They have campaigned to end violence against women, amongst…
March 13, 2017

It’s not all doom and gloom on the ICC and Africa

At the recent summit of the African Union (AU), states adopted what appeared to be a plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court…
March 10, 2017

CIVICUS Statement at Human Rights Council on Annual Report by the UN High Commissioner for…

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council 8 March, 2017 Thank you Mr. President, High Commissioner, CIVICUS welcomes your annual report and update. We…
March 10, 2017

Joint Letter to UN Human Rights Council: Renew mandate of Special Rapporteur on human rights…

in Geneva

Re: Support consensus renewal of the mandate of Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders 7 March 2017 Your Excellency, The undersigned 93 civil society…
March 09, 2017

Civicus at Human Rights Council: Statement on right to privacy

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 7 March 2017 Delivered by Tor…
March 09, 2017

CIVICUS at the Commission on the Status of Women

Next week at the largest annual global women’s rights forum - the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women - CIVICUS will…
March 08, 2017

Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire and Sara Brandt Around the world, civic spaces are shrinking. In many countries, activists are under threat as governments increasingly use…
March 07, 2017

Colombian activists: ‘We are paying with our lives to defend water’

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Carlos Andrés Santiago, spokesperson of CORDATEC, an organisation that defends water, the territory and the ecosystems of San Martín, in…
March 06, 2017

New Report - Strengthening Civil Society Engagement with the United Nations

Perspectives from across civil society highlighting areas for action by the UN Secretary-General Civil society advocates from around the world are urging newly appointed…
March 06, 2017

Zambia’s media under siege

Following reported violations on the press in Zambia that have included the closing of a newspaper and two radio stations, CIVICUS speaks to Wilson…
March 02, 2017

CIVICUS at the Human Rights Council: Statement on climate change and the rights of the…

in Geneva

34th session of the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on Climate Change and the Rights of the Child 2 March 2017 Delivered by Matthew Reading-Smith…
February 27, 2017

Letter to Dr. Angela Merkel ahead of visit to Cairo

24 February 2017 Dr Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin   Subject: Your visit to Cairo, 2-3…
February 27, 2017

“Fake news” violates citizens’ right to be informed

in News

CIVICUS speaks to Lyndal Rowlands, United Nations Bureau Chief at Inter Press Agency on what is “fake news”, its effect on civil society and…
February 27, 2017

CIVICUS at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Two thirds of the activities of the United Nations system takes place in Geneva, making it a key centre of international co-operation and multilateral…
February 24, 2017

Claiming the space for women in Argentina, one step at a time

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Ana Correa, a member of the organising group of #NiUnaMenos, a movement that has held massive protests against gender-based violence…
February 23, 2017

Joint Letter to Human Rights Council: Upholding international law in South Sudan

in News

To Permanent Representatives of member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council RE: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human…
February 22, 2017

CIVICUS Fellowship Programme

in News

The CIVICUS Fellowship Programme is an exciting new venture in which key experts will be placed into national and/or regional organisations for the period…
February 21, 2017

Civil Society “Contested and Under Pressure”, says new report

Read this press release in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish Civil society around the globe is “contested and under pressure” according to a 22-country…
February 17, 2017

Joint Letter to UN Human Rights Council: More attention needed on human rights violations in…

in News

To: Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council RE: Sustaining attention to human rights violations in China Excellency,…
February 16, 2017

Don't lecture the Americans about our values. Demonstrate them.

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Julia Sanchez  There has never been a better time for Canada to show progressive leadership globally in support of inclusive…
February 14, 2017

Against all odds: Civil society under fire

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Civil society is under fire—sometimes literally—in many countries and in all regions of the world. Governments are clamping down on fundamental…
February 14, 2017

In a time of exclusion, making space for Faith Based Organizations

in Op-Eds

By Amjad Mohamed Saleem For many people around the world, faith is embedded in cultures, practices and communities. Earlier this month, World Interfaith Harmony…
February 14, 2017

Sustainable development for all ages

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah It’s a global phenomenon, already exerting a profound social and economic impact in both rich and poor countries. So why are…
February 13, 2017

Gambian civil society optimistic as new democratic era dawns

in News

The Gambia has recently gone through a major democratic transition. CIVICUS interviews Sohna Sallah, the Vice President of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists…
February 10, 2017

Turkmenistan’s elections under cloud as civil society faces total clampdown

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS, the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) today highlight a near…
February 08, 2017

State of civil society in Equatorial Guinea: An interview with CEID

in News

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Alfredo Okenve, board member in charge of the International Cooperation and Good Governance Programmes of the Centre for Development Studies…
February 07, 2017

Leave no person with disabilities behind

in Op-Eds

By Leave No One Behind Partneship and ADD International Pushpa Rani had pneumonia when she was eight years old, which left her extremely weak. Eventually, she…
February 03, 2017

OGP must protect space for people power - before it is too late

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert  In some Open Government Partnership (OGP) member countries, the threats to peaceful dissent and activism are extremely grave. Examples include the…
February 02, 2017

Zimbabwe: CIVICUS urges release of #ThisFlag Pastor Mawarire, detained and charged with “treason”

in News

Update: 08 February 2017 A High Court judge granted Evan Mawarire bail of 300USD and ordered him to surrender his passport and report to…
February 02, 2017

We need a new social movement against inequality

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Oxfam’s latest estimate that just eight super-rich people – down from 62 last year and 388 just six years ago –…
January 30, 2017

The business case for civic space

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The long-term health of all societies depends on the ability of individuals to come together to share new ideas, promote social…
January 24, 2017

Closed and repressed: No space for democracy to take root in Eritrea

CIVICUS interviews a human rights defender from Eritrea, who speaks about the nature of the government and its complete disregard for fundamental human rights.…
January 20, 2017

CIVICUS: #WhyWeMarch

On Saturday, 21 January 2017, millions will gather in Washington D.C. and in hundreds of other cities around the world to take part in…
January 19, 2017

CIVICUS urges release of Cameroonian activists

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS urges the release of recently arrested leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) and all activists and…
January 19, 2017

Shock and sadness spurs anti-Trump protestors

Ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, activists and civil society are mobilising protests against the…
January 19, 2017

Importance of protest in a Trump United States

in Op-Eds

By Elizabeth Stephens  In a speech shortly after the November election, President Barack Obama urged anti-Trump protesters not to be silent. Yet, the number…
January 19, 2017

Under threat: five countries in which civic space is rapidly closing

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The closing of civic space is not just about people’s right to organize or protest in individual countries. This year’s Gobal…
January 19, 2017

Why Trump, Brexit and populism could be an opportunity

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Many of the business and political leaders gathering in Davos this week will be focused on how to protect the global…
January 18, 2017

Syrian civil society not being heard by international donors

CIVICUS asked Nibal Salloum, program manager at the Syrian peace-building organisation Nuon, about the situation for civil society in Syria and the challenges faced…
January 18, 2017

70 civil society groups call on Ecuadorian President to end persecution of civil society and…

Click here to read a Spanish language version of this release Seventy Latin American and international civil society organisations have endorsed a letter urging…
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 12, 2017

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

in Op-Eds

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…
January 12, 2017

Monitoring, first step to halt shrinking civic space

in Op-Eds

By Bihter Moschini In 2015, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Tunisian civil society. At the close of last year, one of the…
January 11, 2017

Suppression of freedom of expression in Uganda increases

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

Human rights defender Cyriaque Nibitegeka speaks to CIVICUS about Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court and the implications for human rights and victims…
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 30, 2016

Natural resource activists are paying a heavy price

in Op-Eds

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…
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…
December 20, 2016

CIVICUS and Colombian Confederation of NGOs concerned about aggressions and impending restrictions on civil society

Click here to read a Spanish language version of this release CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, and the Colombian Confederation of NGOs (CCONG)…
December 15, 2016

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

in Op-Eds

Español By Tor Hodenfield Tribal leaders’ protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have been showing how both environmental and human rights…
December 14, 2016

La sociedad civil en América Latina y el Caribe bajo amenaza

Aumentan las restricciones pese al predominio de la democracia En América Latina y el Caribe la sociedad civil está bajo creciente presión a pesar…
December 14, 2016

Civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean under threat

Restrictions on civic space rising despite prevalence of democracy Click here to read a Spanish language version of this release Civil society in Latin…
December 14, 2016

Statement on human rights abuses in South Sudan

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council - 26th Special Session Special Session on South Sudan CIVICUS welcomes this Special Session following the findings and recommendations recently…
December 14, 2016

Drug war unsettles civil society in Philippines

Since assuming power in May 2016 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has embarked on a controversial campaign against drugs in which over 3 000 people…
December 12, 2016

Victims of human rights violations will be worst affected if South Africa exits the International…

CIVICUS speaks to Angela Mudukuti about South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, the implications for human rights and justice and the work…
December 09, 2016

Despite progress, freedom of expression still under threat on the African continent

To commemorate International Human Rights Day, CIVICUS speaks to the Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) - Advocate Faith…
December 09, 2016

We need to safeguard civic space

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah For those of us interested in social justice, democracy and human rights around the world, this Human Rights Day comes at…
December 08, 2016

CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Egyptian activist Azza Soliman, urges end to persecution against her

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is deeply concerned at the harassment of Egyptian activist Azza Soliman. Ms Soliman, a well-respected defender of women’s rights, is…
December 07, 2016

Global gender goals: achieving local impact

in Op-Eds

By Davis Adieno  Demand is growing for gender data and targeted solutions for challenges unique to women, men, girls or boys. Data, accountability and…
December 06, 2016

About grantmaking and effective interventions

in Op-Eds

By Ine Van Severen Imagine the following scenario: as a donor you come across an informal community group with a great idea that would…
December 06, 2016

Five trends in civil society

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Around the world, the freedom of citizens to protest, to mobilise and to speak out is being contested and restricted. According…
December 06, 2016

Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

in Op-Eds

By  Ine Van Severen It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor,…
December 06, 2016

Fiji’s role in leaving no-one behind in sustainable development

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah It is now confirmed that Fiji will be chairing the next United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 23) in Bonn,…
December 06, 2016

Movement builds to stop Congo’s president from postponing election

in Op-Eds

By David Kode  The Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, is grappling with a political crisis, following a move by the Constitutional Court affirming…
December 05, 2016

Extractive Resources – An Alternative Source of Funding?

in Op-Eds

By Aimi Zhou The open session during the second day of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy centred on a rarely discussed, but frequently…
December 03, 2016

Natural resources activists under siege, new report shows

Rise in authoritarian values coupled with intensifying natural resource exploitation crippling civil society Johannesburg / London, 3 December 2016: The scramble for natural resources…
December 02, 2016

Open Government Partnership undermined by threats to civil society

Fundamental civic freedoms seriously undermined in over a third of OGP countries – Colombia, Honduras, Liberia and Mexico fare worst Worrying picture revealed by…
November 30, 2016

Worrying rise in attacks on CSOs and the media in Mozambique

To read this in Portugese, click here. CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the rise in attacks on civil society organisations (CSOs), academics and journalists…
November 30, 2016

Mozambique NGOs battle for free civic space

To read this in Portugese, click here. In this anonymous interview, CIVICUS speaks to a civil society activist in Mozambique concerning the environment for…
November 29, 2016

“Dead Men Don’t Vote” in Gambia

in Op-Eds

By David Kode  “Dead men don’t vote,” said a Gambian political activist known as Mama Africa. She spoke during an event on the side-lines…
November 28, 2016

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