June 19, 2019

'Global policy-making can greatly benefit from the expertise of regular citizens'

CIVICUS speaks to Antoine Vergne, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Missions Publiques, an impact-driven organisation that seeks to improve policy-making at the local, national…
June 17, 2019

Sri Lanka: Release poet and drop spurious charges against him

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Joint Statement from CIVICUS and Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) The arrest and ongoing detention of award-winning author and poet Shakthika Sathkumara on spurious…
June 12, 2019

Open letter: Ensure continued monitoring of the human rights situation in Eritrea

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights organizations, are writing…
June 07, 2019

Opinion: Government attacks on humanitarian organisations and human rights rising

in Op-Eds

By Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS. There are now serious restrictions in civic space on every continent, but yet even as they grab more…
June 07, 2019

Pakistan: Human Rights Defender Gulalai Ismail at risk

in News

Pakistani authorities must end their judicial persecution of human rights defender Gulalai Ismail, global civil society alliance CIVICUS said today. She is being investigated…
June 03, 2019

CSOs express concern over judicial harassment of former Cambodia National Rescue Party members

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Arrests & detentions for being a member of the political opposition in #Cambodia. Over 70 civil society organisations call on the government to cease…
May 31, 2019

Ghana: “People want CSOs to stay and thrive, not to shut down”

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has been tirelessly promoting the sustainability of civil society organisations (CSOs) for the last five years, after…
May 31, 2019

Open NGO letter about the funding gap affecting UNHR mechanisms & the OHCHR

in Geneva

To:All Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva and New York Cc:UN Secretary GeneralUN High Commissioner for Human RightsChairpersons of the Human Rights…
May 30, 2019

CHINA: ’30 years after Tiananmen, the world witnesses the consequences of nurturing China’

4 June 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in China when hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed peaceful pro-democracy protesters were…
May 29, 2019

BANGLADESH: HRD tortured while in arbitrary detention must be released and charges be dropped

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            Bangladesh authorities must immediately release human rights defender Mohammad Abdul Kaium, who has been allegedly tortured in custody…
May 23, 2019

Pakistan: Joint letter on civic space violations against Pashtuns

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Dr Shireen M MazariFederal Minister for Human RightsMinistry of Human Rights9th Floor, New Pak Secretariat (Kohsar Block)Sector F-5, Islamabad, Pakistan Concerns regarding civic space…
May 17, 2019

Women Human Rights Defenders Face Greater Risks Because of their Gender

in Op-Eds

By Masana Ndinga-Kanga, Crisis Response Fund Lead with CIVICUS. The rallying calls of #SudanUprising, have been led by Sudanese women who are teachers, stay-at-home-mothers, doctors,…
May 16, 2019

Afghanistan's Peace Talks: Women & Civil Society Must Have a Real Seat at the Table

in Op-Eds

By Horia Mosadiq, a prominent Afghanistan women’s rights defender & Sonya Merkova, a researcher with CIVICUS. This story was facilitated and commissioned by CIVICUS.  On the…
May 13, 2019

Tanzania: 38 NGOs call on states to express concern over human rights

in Geneva

#Tanzania: Activists & journalists are experiencing a rapid decline in #civicspace. 38 rights groups call on #UN Member States to take action at the…
May 10, 2019

Campaign to Whitewash Saudi Arabia’s Image Does Little for Women in the Kingdom

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By Uma Mishra-Newbery, Interim Executive Director of Women’s March Global, which is a founding member of the Free Saudi Women Coalition & Kristina Stockwood works…
May 10, 2019

LGBTQI Rights in the Balkans: A Perpetual Struggle

in Op-Eds

By Mawethu Nkosana, Crisis Response Fund Administrator at CIVICUS Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate…
May 09, 2019

THE GAMBIA: ‘I use my art to effect change, and that is why I am…

On his way to participate in International Civil Society Week (ICSW) in Belgrade, Serbia, the Gambian rapper and activist Killa Ace was detained at…
May 08, 2019

Philippines: Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders and Protect Civic Space

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  Joint Statement: We, the undersigned organisations, strongly denounce the recent death threats addressed to Karapatan Secretary General, Cristina Palabay in the Philippines. These…
May 06, 2019

UN to turn 75 in 2020: Commemoration events must include civil society

The #UN turns 75 years old in 2020 -- Anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on its strengths & weaknesses. Events & negotiations being…
May 06, 2019

Malaysia: A year after elections, fundamental freedoms still restricted

  A year after the electoral victory of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, authorities have failed to reform repressive legislation or expand civic space, and…
May 03, 2019

SINGAPORE: ‘Making politicians the arbiters of truth invites abuse’

CIVICUS speaks to Ja Ian Chong, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore, about the so-called ‘anti-fake news law’ currently under discussion…
April 26, 2019

The Belgrade Call to Action

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French A Civil Society Call to Stand Together to Defend Peoples’ Voices for a Just and Sustainable World Reverse the Closing and Shrinking Space…
April 25, 2019

BRAZIL: ‘This is a moment of fragility for civil society’

CIVICUS speaks with Pedro Strozenberg, Ombudsman of Rio de Janeiro, about the situation of human rights and the regression of space for civil society…
April 25, 2019

UAE: Ahmed Mansoor remains on hunger strike in poor conditions as eyesight deteriorates

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Imprisoned human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor has been on hunger strike since 17 March 2019 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and…
April 23, 2019

Five CIVICUS members join the Youth Action Team

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This April, five new members joined the CIVICUS Youth Action Team (YAT). They were elected by CIVICUS youth voting members and will serve a…
April 22, 2019

Supreme Court set to rule on Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar

  Myanmar’s Supreme Court is set to rule on an appeal by two jailed Reuters journalists on 23 April  Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe…
April 15, 2019

Hard Battle Ahead for Independent Arab Media

in Op-Eds

By Mouna Ben Garga, Innovation Officer CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), the focus of…
April 12, 2019

Shining a Spotlight on the Strengths & Challenges of Civil Society in the Balkans

in Op-Eds

By Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary General  This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 12, 2019

Attacks on Media in the Balkans Sound Alarm Bells for Democracy

in Op-Eds

By Susan Wilding, Head of Geneva, CIVICUS  This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 12, 2019

Singapore: Anti-fake news bill another tool to suppress criticism and dissent

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, are extremely concerned by a new bill that…
April 11, 2019

International Civil Society Week closes with #FreedomRunner launch

  Belgrade, Serbia – More than 200 civil society leaders and human rights activists from some 100 countries were seen running through the streets…
April 11, 2019

CIVICUS alliance new board members

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS was pleased to announce the new elected CIVICUS board during the International Civil Society Week - ICSW in Serbia,…
April 10, 2019

Rise in Cyberlaws Across Southeast Asia Spell Bad News for Human Rights & Democracy

in Op-Eds

By Josef Benedict Civic Space Researcher, CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which is…
April 09, 2019

In Diverse Southeast Asia, Growing Ethnic & Religious Intolerance Pose Serious Threat to Stability

in Op-Eds

  By Josef Benedict Civic Space Researcher, CIVICUS This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs),…
April 09, 2019

Beyond Venezuela’s bad news headlines, success stories of people power shine through

in Op-Eds

By Marianna Belalba Barreto Civic Space Research Lead, CIVICUS and Felipe Caicedo Otero Researcher, Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) Search the keyword “Venezuela” online or check…