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January 22, 2018

‘Democracy is much more than street protest and institutional politics, and Hong Kong people are…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
January 19, 2018

‘Civil society won the debate on inequality but still needs to win the actual fight…

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Phillips, Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, a growing movement of citizens from across the world uniting to take…
January 18, 2018

United States: ‘Even in challenging times, civil society needs to be proactive in setting the…

CIVICUS speaks to Nick Robinson, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and lead of their United States Program. ICNL…
January 17, 2018

Catalonia: ‘It might take years to rebuild the political, social and emotional bridges that the…

Catalonia’s independence movement hit the headlines in 2017, and Catalonia’s future remains undecided. CIVICUS speaks to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, editor of democraciaAbierta, openDemocracy’s…
January 16, 2018

Nigeria: ‘If passed, the NGO Bill will reduce the ability of CSOs to hold the…

CIVICUS speaks to Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi, Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) about the draconian NGO bill under consideration by Nigerian lawmakers…
January 15, 2018

‘Against hopelessness, we need to work not to lose the very small windows of freedom…

CIVICUS speaks to an Iranian woman human rights defender about the causes and significance of the recent protests in Iran, as well as the…

OPINION PIECES

Five key battles for re-imagining democracy in a radically changed world

By Danny Sriskandarajah The challenges facing civil society now aren’t about reviving our weakening democracies—they are about re-imagining democracy for a radically changed world. Read on: Open Global Rights

Global challenges, local responses

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana We are facing a global emergency of civic space. This is now a universal phenomenon, no longer restricted to autocracies and fragile democracies. While there is growing interest in the…

The Press and the New President: A Review of Freedom of Speech in Kyrgyzstan

By Ann-Sofie Nyman and Bobbie Jo Traut In November, Kyrgyzstan inaugurated its new president Sooronbay Jeenbekov who has promised to continue the previous presidential administration’s policies. This does not bode well for independent journalists and other critical…

Internet shutdowns: the “new normal” in government repression?

By David Kode The Ethiopian government is among at least 30 administrations that have disrupted or shut down domestic internet access in the past two years, in order to restrict communications related to dissent, citizen action…

What future for civil society in Zimbabwe?

By Teldah Mawarire and David Kode During the stand-off between the military and President Mugabe that led to his historic resignation, there was reason for hope. Zimbabwe's civil society must now re-invent itself to ensure this…

You will agree: escalating repression

By Mandeep Tiwana Mandeep Tiwana sorts through the many cloaks of authoritarianism donned by the political class as repression becomes the rule rather than the exception. Read on: New Internationalist 
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