November 20, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘It is for civil society to step in and fill the void on…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 16, 2017

Nutrition is political and civil society needs to shape those politics

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The two major nutrition meetings - the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement global gathering in…
November 16, 2017

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) reaches 30-year milestone but challenges remain

November 15 marked the last day of the 61st Ordinary Session of the ACHPR taking place in Banjul, The Gambia as the Commission celebrates 30 years…
November 14, 2017

Entramado de complicidades entre empresas y Estado resulta en creciente criminalización de defensores de derechos…

English CIVICUS conversa con Ileana Molo, Presidenta Ejecutiva de la organización Afropanameñ@ Soy e integrante de la Red de Derechos Humanos de Panamá, en…
November 10, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘Dutch citizens feel a major disconnect from politics ’

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
November 06, 2017

Putting the Pacific on the Map

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah This year, CIVICUS International Civil Society Week will take place in Fiji, and will allow civil society delegates from around the world…
November 06, 2017

Nobody has made any attempt to shield Yemeni civil society organisations from impact of armed…

CIVICUS speaks to Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, an independent Yemeni human rights organisation. Mwatana is engaged with a number…
November 01, 2017

Closure of civic space constitutes an existential threat to independent civil society in Bahrain

CIVICUS speaks to Michael Payne (left), Director of Advocacy, and Sam Jones (right), a researcher at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain…
October 27, 2017

‘All governments agree – at least nominally - that a world without nuclear weapons is…

CIVICUS speaks to Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a broad, inclusive campaign focused on mobilising civil…
October 26, 2017

Civil Society’s call to stop persecution of activists arrested on 29 September 2017

Mr. Given Lubinda Minister of Justice National Assembly of Zambia, Parliament Buildings, P.O. Box 31299, Lusaka Plot 150/2584 Zambia Email: glubinda@parliament.gov.zm; lubinda2014@gmail.com Cc Minister…
October 25, 2017

‘The government is in fact listening to civil society, just not to the progressive side…

CIVICUS speaks to Horace Levy, the director of Jamaicans for Justice, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance…
October 23, 2017

Kenya’s fresh election lights up Africa with hope

On 26 October 2017, Kenya returns to the polls after the Supreme Court declared the election held on 8 August 2017 null and void.…
October 20, 2017

‘La sociedad civil trabaja por una democracia no solo más representativa sino también más participativa’

English CIVICUS conversa con Ramiro Orias, abogado y defensor de derechos humanos boliviano. Orias es Oficial de Programas de la Fundación para el Debido…
October 17, 2017

South African NGO scores legal victory in limiting the influence of ‘big money’ on democracy

A South African NGO My Vote Counts recently won a court case in which it asked that political parties must be compelled to publicly…
October 17, 2017

Les manifestants se transforment en milliers de personnes qui battent la fermeture d'Internet

Read the interview in English  CIVICUS parle avec KEPOMEY Koffi Dela Franck de l'organisation non gouvernementale Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile au Togo…
October 16, 2017

Madagascar: drop charge against environmental activist

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS expresses deep concern over the unlawful arrest and arbitrary detention of environmental rights defender Raleva. We condemn this action…
October 16, 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…
October 13, 2017

Can INGOs push back against closing civic space? Only if they change their approach.

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Civil society is facing a sustained, multi-faceted, global onslaught. According to the CIVICUS Monitor, fundamental civic freedoms are being severely restricted…
October 11, 2017

Country recommendations on civic space for the UN´s Universal Periodic Review

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 30th UPR…
October 11, 2017

Faces of Open Government - An interview with Danny Sriskandarajah

in Op-Eds

In his interview with Open Government Partnership (OGP), CIVICUS Secretary General, Danny Sriskandarajah shares insights on broad trends affecting civil society globally and how CIVICUS is responding…
October 10, 2017

Joint Statement: Grave concern over recent raids on Ugandan civil society groups

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs), strongly condemn the Ugandan authorities’ flagrant and repeated attempts to suppress the peaceful and legitimate activities of…
October 10, 2017

The Political Parties Bill is ‘poison for Zambia’s ailing democracy’

CIVICUS speaks to Zambian human rights defender McDonald Chipenzi. The Threatened State of Emergency invoked by the President on 5 July 2017 is due…
October 05, 2017

Joint Letter: Closing of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Joint letter to President of the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of International Service for Human Rights, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies…
October 05, 2017

Is it the beginning of the end for the charity sector?

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah For people of my generation, working for a charity was a noble and realistic goal. With employment in the voluntary sector…
October 04, 2017

Unlocking the Right Investment in the Social Sector

in Op-Eds

Alex Sardar and Teresa Crawford  Chief Innovation Officer at CIVICUS, Alex Sardar and Teresa Crawford from the Social Sector Accelerator explore how using business…
October 02, 2017

Could the annulment of Kenya’s election set a precedent for African civil society?

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court strengthens the independence of the judiciary and places this institution as a key player and…
October 01, 2017

Joint Letter: UN mandate on enforced or involuntary disappearances

in Geneva

Human Rights Organizations Urge UN Human Rights Council Member States to Reject Amendments to the Draft Resolution Renewing the Mandate of The UN Working…
September 28, 2017

Leaders Must Put Migration Back on Global Agenda

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah There was much excitement at 2016’s special United Nations summit on migration and refugees. This was the first such summit of…
September 28, 2017

‘No abandonaremos nuestra lucha; las empresas y gobiernos que invierten en proyectos extractivos deben saber…

  English CIVICUS conversa con Medardo Mairena Sequeira, Coordinador del Consejo Nacional para la Defensa de la Tierra, Lago y Soberanía, un movimiento social…
September 27, 2017

Joint Letter: Improving cooperation with the United Nations

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council Re: Support resolution on cooperation with the United…
September 23, 2017

Joint statement on human rights in the Philippines

in Geneva

36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council ISHR and CIVICUS welcome the Philippine Government’s engagement in the UPR process. However, despite claims of…
September 23, 2017

Statement on human rights recommendations for Poland

in Geneva

36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council CIVICUS welcomes Poland’s commitment to engage with the UPR process and its acceptance of recommendations related…
September 21, 2017

Global Campaign Challenges Rising Restrictions on Fundamental Freedoms

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will come together at hundreds of events across 5 continents, as part of a new global campaign…
September 20, 2017

Joint statement on human rights violations in Vietnam

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Interactive dialogue on human rights in Vietnam CIVICUS presents this statement together with VOICE We are gravely concerned…
September 20, 2017

Joint statement on the rights of indigenous peoples

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session  Panel discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples Disponible en Espanol I read this statement on behalf of…
September 19, 2017

Rising Attacks on Environmental Defenders Threaten Human Rights Goals Globally

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela  “I have been told that my name is on a hit list…but I haven’t been killed yet.” These were the chilling…
September 19, 2017

Joint statement on human rights violations in Burundi

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council: 36th Session Oral Intervention at Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Thank you, Mr. President.  CIVICUS and…
September 19, 2017

The Participation Revolution

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The falling levels of public trust in public institutions we see all over the world should be a wake-up call for…
September 18, 2017

Joint statement on human rights crisis in South Sudan

in Geneva

Human Rights Council: 36th Session Oral Intervention at Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan The East and Horn of…
September 13, 2017

Open Letter to UN member states: Urgent action needed on Myanmar

in Geneva

To: Member and Observer states of the UN Human Rights Council Subject: Urgent action needed on Myanmar Dear Excellencies We write to you regarding…
September 13, 2017

UN Human Rights Council: Response to High Commissioner´s update

in Geneva

CIVICUS deeply appreciates High Commissioner’s update, regretfully on an ever darker and more dangerous world. We are shocked by the report of the man-made…
September 13, 2017

Civil society calls on UN Human Rights Council to resolve human rights crisis in Cambodia

in Geneva

Civil society calls on the UN Human Rights Council to address Cambodia’s human rights crisis The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within…
September 13, 2017

UN Human Rights Council: Statement on widespread arbitrary detention

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council 36th session 12 September 2017 Statement at the UN Human Rights Council during interactive diialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary…
September 12, 2017

Joint statement from Environmental rights defenders workshop

In response to the rise in the attacks, harassment and killings of human rights defenders and activists defending land, environmental and indigenous rights, CIVICUS…
September 12, 2017

Tanzania: worrying signs for freedom of expression and association

The attempted assassination of outspoken government critic Tundu Lissu on 7 September 2017 is the latest in a series of efforts aimed at constraining…
September 08, 2017

La sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe presiona por un acuerdo vinculante sobre…

English CIVICUS conversa con Andrés Nápoli, abogado especializado en derecho ambiental y Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN). Fundada en…
September 07, 2017

People power is China’s great untapped resource

in News

By Frances Eve, Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) and Cathal Gilbert, World Alliance for Citizen Participation, CIVICUS From 3-5 September, the leaders…
September 06, 2017

Brics: Uma proposta de nova ordem mundial que ignora os direitos básicos dos cidadãos

in Op-Eds

Escrito por Fabio de Almeida Pinto, Coordenador Executivo do IDS, e Marianna Belalba Barreto, da CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation Entre 3…
September 04, 2017

BRICS bloc’s lofty aims lack legitimacy without civil society

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana and Cathal Gilbert As Xiamen prepares to host 2017 summit, the group's vision of a "just, equitable and democratic multi-polar international…
September 04, 2017

Hope for citizen voice, despite ‘narrowed’ civic space

in Op-Eds

By Ine van Severen and Corlett Letlojane President Jacob Zuma heads to China this week to meet with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India…
September 01, 2017

Joint Letter: Human rights violations in Bahrain

in Geneva

We, the undersigned Bahraini, regional and international human rights organizations, remain alarmed at the ongoing human rights crisis in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We…
August 30, 2017

Syria - Justice for the thousands of victims of enforced disappearances

in News

Arabic | KurdishWe, the undersigned civil society organisations, commemorate the victims of enforced disappearances in Syria and support their families, urging the international community to…
August 25, 2017

Angolan elections: Different name, same game for civil society?

in Op-Eds

By David Kode Over the last 38 years, particularly since the end of the civil war in 2002, President Dos Santos has ruled Angola…
August 24, 2017

NGOs Raise Concern Over Forcibly Disappeared Sayed Alawi

Sayed Alawi has been detained for over nine months, with no access to a lawyer or to his family since his arrest. During this…
August 23, 2017

Squeezing civil society hurts India’s economy and democracy

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana India played a key moral role in international affairs during the anti-colonial struggles and as a founding member of the Non-Aligned…
August 22, 2017

Emergencia global en el espacio cívico

Según el Informe 2017 de la alianza global de la sociedad civil CIVICUS, el mundo se enfrenta a una crisis democrática sin precedentes debido…
August 18, 2017

Kenya: Civil Society Condemns Attempted Raid and Deregistration of Human Rights Organisations

NAIROBI – Leading global and regional civil society groups have strongly condemned the targeting of two Kenyan national human rights organisations by the authorities.…
August 18, 2017

Harmonisation, Participation and Coherence are Key to Realising the 2030 Agenda

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana and Tor Hodenfield  Two challenges – overlapping reporting requirements and less than universal compliance with human rights obligations – could be…
August 08, 2017

Repressive Vietnam Ramps Up Crackdown On Activists and Bloggers

Authorities in Vietnam have increasingly been using the country’s draconian security laws to attack and silence human rights defenders in recent weeks.   Ahead of…
August 07, 2017

CIVICUS Calls For Calm and Respect of Voters’ Rights in Kenya Elections

As Kenyans go to the polls tomorrow to vote in general elections, global civil society alliance, CIVICUS calls on the authorities, leaders of political…
August 02, 2017

From Venezuela to US: People power

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah Goldman Sachs’ decision to bailout the Venezuelan government has, unsurprisingly, attracted widespread global condemnation. The transnational firm stands to make a…
August 02, 2017

Syria: Rights groups condemn extrajudicial execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in…
August 02, 2017

Pese al acoso, el movimiento estudiantil hondureño se niega a retroceder

English CIVICUS conversa con Héctor Ulloa, estudiante de doble licenciatura en Derecho y Economía, vicepresidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes de Derecho de la…
August 02, 2017

Call for proposals: Application for partners for pilot national civil society assessment in El Salvador,…

in News

Español  BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Enabling Environment National Assessment (EENA), developed by CIVICUS and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), is a participatory, civil…
July 31, 2017

Adjournment of Civil Society Activists’ Trial in Cameroon Shows State Has No Case

JOHANNESBURG – Three civil society leaders in Cameroon remain imprisoned in solitary confinement and on trial for leading peaceful protests, following their court appearance…
July 31, 2017

Trends and Challenges in Global Civil Society

in Op-Eds

Bernadette Johnson interviews CIVICUS’ Secretary General Danny Sriskandarajah on broad trends affecting civil society spaces globally. We know it’s a cliché, but the world continues…
July 27, 2017

To Achieve Ambitious Goals – We Need to Start with our Basic Rights

in Op-Eds

By Oliver Henman and Andrew Firmin Recent protests in Ethiopia have seen people demonstrate in their thousands, angry at their authoritarian government, its favouritism…
July 25, 2017

Zambia: State of Emergency signifies worrying signs for civic space

The declaration of State of Public Threatened Emergency in Zambia is a glaring indication of plans by the government to increase restrictions on civic…
July 20, 2017

Tanzania, Kenya, Angola Join Watch List of Countries of Concern

Attacks by the authorities on protesters, critics, NGOs and the media in Angola, Kenya and Tanzania have led global civil alliance, CIVICUS, to add…
July 20, 2017

CIVICUS Board Nominees

in News

CIVICUS Board Nominees The Nominations Committee was given the very challenging task of selecting  12 names from the nominations received, narrowing down the slate…
July 17, 2017

Tanzania: upsurge in restrictions on fundamental freedoms

Tanzania has been placed on a watch list of countries in which there are growing and worrying threats to civic space. The country is…
July 13, 2017

Angola: Restrictions on fundamental freedoms continue ahead of elections

Portuguese  The arraignment of two journalists in Angola on spurious charges is the latest assault on fundamental freedoms as the government increases restrictions on…
July 13, 2017

It's time for G20 leaders to embrace civil society

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert  There is a growing list of critical problems in the G20's inbox, namely a faltering global economy, terrorist threats in a…
July 12, 2017

NGO soldiers on giving holistic care to rape survivors in DRC

CIVICUS speaks to Julienne Lusenge, director of SOFEPADI (Solidarite Feminine pour la Paix et le Development Integral), an NGO based in the Democratic Republic…
July 05, 2017

Escándalo de corrupción impulsa movilización de dimensiones históricas en la República Dominicana

English CIVICUS conversa con Manuel Robles, integrante del Movimiento Marcha Verde de la República Dominicana. Surgida en enero de 2017 al calor de la…
July 04, 2017

CIVICUS Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Submissions on Civil Society Space

in Geneva

CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on 5 countries in advance of the 29th UPR…
June 30, 2017

Statement on freedom of assembly and association, and the right to education

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…
June 30, 2017

Attacks On Citizen Rights In SA: Five Trends And Countrywide Threats

in Op-Eds

By Kgalalelo Gaebee  From the large city centres to the rural townships, South Africans are witnessing a nationwide crackdown on their civic rights. Citizens’…
June 29, 2017

Rights groups call for repeal of online defamation law in Myanmar

in News

Joint statement by 61 Myanmar and international human rights organizations Concerned by reports that the Myanmar authorities will retain the criminal defamation provision of…
June 29, 2017

Joint statement on attacks against civil society

in Geneva

We first took the initiative of a Council resolution on civil society space in 2013.  We did so in light of what we saw…
June 27, 2017

Morocco: Civil society condemns arrests of peaceful protesters

The Regional Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders in Middle East and North Africa and Global Civil Society Alliance CIVICUS, express grave concerns over the…
June 27, 2017

El Salvador es uno de los pocos países que aún no han decidido que la…

English CIVICUS conversa con Sara García Gross, Coordinadora Ejecutiva de la Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico de El…
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 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 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: 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: 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 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 14 June 2017 Statement during the interactive dialogue on the report of the Special Rapporteur on situation of…
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: 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

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

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

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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…
March 31, 2017

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

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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…
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