February 14, 2019

CIVICUS calls for urgent investigation into death of woman human rights defender in Kenya

in News

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS, has called on authorities in Kenya to urgently investigate the death of a woman rights defender. The body of…
February 14, 2019

Human Rights, Participation and the 2030 Agenda

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS Chief Programmes Officer  This January, the UN organised a much-needed dialogue in Geneva on the link between human rights and…
February 14, 2019

Thailand:Civil society groups urge government to dismiss cases brought by company against human rights defenders

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office Royal Thai Government Government House 1 Pitsanulok Road Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand…
February 13, 2019

Civil society accountability in times of declining trust: CIVICUS’s journey

in Op-Eds

By Merle Rutz CIVICUS Impact and Accountability Coordinator & Tamryn-Lee Fourie Impact and Accountability Lead (article on page 76) Under attack about their legitimacy and…
February 13, 2019

ESCAZÚ: ‘The work of civil society made a huge difference’

After several years of negotiations, in March 2018 the first environmental treaty for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Regional Agreement on Access to…
February 12, 2019

ESCAZÚ: A milestone on the road to ending Latin America’s environmental conflicts

After several years of negotiations, the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America…
February 12, 2019

IRAN: ‘Women are the thorn in the sides of hardliners’

Following a year in which women’s rights protests made headlines worldwide - including in Iran, where women’s struggles were symbolised by the resurgence of…
February 11, 2019

PHILIPPINES: ‘All positive developments have been driven by civil society’s persistence’

Following a year that saw further deterioration of the rule of law and rising impunity for rampant human rights violations in the Philippines, CIVICUS…
February 08, 2019

Rights group condemns arbitrary detention of protesters in Pakistan and the police killing of activist

Global rights alliance condemns the prison detention of protesters of the ethnic Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) in Pakistan and killing of one of their…
February 07, 2019

Global civil society condemns violent repression of anti-government protests in Venezuela

in News

40 people killed and more than 800 detained since public protests began on January 23 Journalists covering demonstrations have been attacked The UN has…
February 07, 2019

Zimbabwe: Civil society concerned as human rights violations persist after violent reprisal for protests

Human rights violations continue in Zimbabwe in the aftermath of the violent attacks against protesters on 14 to 16 January 2019. More than 700…
February 06, 2019

TANZANIA: ‘Despite threats, we will not retreat from defending the rights of our communities’

CIVICUS speaks to Joseph Ole Parsambei, Executive Director of the Tanzania Pastoralist Community Forum (TPCF), about the threats faced by environmental, land and indigenous…
February 05, 2019

BRAZIL: ‘The new government has come to establish a regressive, anti-rights agenda’

Portuguese In the October 2018 elections, Brazil elected as president a former military officer and far-right populist, Jair Bolsonaro, who ran a particularly aggressive…
February 04, 2019

Global Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

in News

French l Portuguese l Spanish The 9th of December 2018 marked 20 years since global leaders adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This was…
February 04, 2019

The UN’s NGO Committee Defers Rights Groups

More than half of NGOs had their applications for NGO status deferred, even though no specific objections were made to their applications Organisations working on…
February 01, 2019

Sudan: Civil society call on Human Rights Council to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission…

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Dear Excellencies, We, the undersigned Sudanese, African and international organisations…
January 31, 2019

Thousands of Bangladesh garment workers fired for demanding better wages

in News

Almost 5,000 workers producing clothes for international brands were sacked for participating in protests and strikes for improved pay At least one person was…
January 31, 2019

World’s civil society to gather in Balkans to strengthen the “Power of Togetherness”

FRENCH nternational Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019 will bring together over 700 civil society leaders, activists and concerned citizens across sectors, themes, regions in…
January 30, 2019

IRAN: A new generation of civic-minded, courageous activists is rising

Following a year that was characterised by a continued crackdown on fundamental freedoms in Iran, CIVICUS speaks to Sohrab Razzaghi, Executive Director of the…
January 30, 2019

Right-Wing nationalism threatens democratic norms, human rights & press freedom

in Op-Eds

By Thalif Deen, Director & Senior Editor, UN Bureau, Inter Press Service interview  with Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary General  The steady decline in multilateralism—accompanied by…
January 29, 2019

DRC: ‘The 2018 elections carried the hope of change’

French  Following the publication of our report, ‘Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination’, we continue to interview civil society activists and leaders…
January 25, 2019

VENEZUELA: Crisis demands a combined humanitarian and human rights response

Venezuela has been immersed in a political crisis for some time now. In May 2018, while hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan citizens were leaving…
January 25, 2019

CHILE: Protests reveal lack of accountability of the Catholic Church

In 2018, protests broke out in Chile, and then spread to other countries, in reaction to revelations of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests.…
January 21, 2019

Global youth-led data initiative launched for UN's Sustainable Development Goals

in News

  New youth-led global data initiative for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals kicks-off in Tanzania Selected from over 2,000 applicants, 26 young data innovators…
January 18, 2019

We need to reimagine democracy to create a better life for all

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS Chief Programmes Officer As 2019 gets going, it’s a time for many of us to reflect on the year past, consider…
January 17, 2019

NICARAGUA: Observatory established to monitor human rights crisis

in News

International Organisations Establish International Observatory of the Human Rights Situation in Nicaragua April 18, 2018 marked a watershed moment in the recent history of Nicaragua, with…
January 17, 2019

Human rights groups demand Zimbabwe stop violent repression of protesters and respect fundamental freedoms

in News

Security forces violently repress protests, killing at least eight and injuring more than a dozen after using live ammunition against demonstrators Hundreds of protesters…
January 17, 2019

VIETNAM: ‘We hope UN member states will listen to civil society’

  Ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Vietnam’s human rights record at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 22 January…
January 15, 2019

Do referendums improve democracy?

in Op-Eds

By Inés M. Pousadela is a Senior Research Specialist at CIVICUS In Ireland, 2019 gets going on the heels of a busy, bumper year…
January 11, 2019

ARGENTINA: ‘Change is inevitable. It is just a matter of time’

Twitter: Edurne Cárdenas In 2018, after years of civil society efforts, Argentina’s congress discussed an initiative to legalise abortion for the first time. While…
January 11, 2019

Gabon government goes after civil society and opposition members for failed military coup, raising concerns

Global rights groups concerned by Gabon government’s targeting of human rights defenders and opposition members for military coup attempt Authorities shut down Internet and…
January 10, 2019

BOLIVIA: Increasing reduction of spaces immune to state co-optation or repression

CEDLA: Javier Gómez Bolivia was home to a series of protests in 2018. CIVICUS speaks about these to Javier Gómez Aguilar, Executive Director of…
January 09, 2019

ISRAEL: There is a lack of political will to end the occupation

  Twitter: Amit Gilutz After a tough year for dissent in the occupied Palestinian territories, CIVICUS speaks to Amit Gilutz, spokesperson of B’Tselem –…
January 08, 2019

INDIA: When justice is on your side, you have to keep on fighting

Flickr: Anand Grover After years of civil society campaigning and legal action, gay sex was decriminalised in India in 2018. CIVICUS speaks to Anand…
December 19, 2018

Government shuts down civil society organisations as part of ongoing campaign of repression in Nicaragua

in News

 Parliament has cancelled the legal registration of nine civil society organisations (CSOs) The move comes after some of the CSOs participated in hearings into…
December 19, 2018

China: Open letter from global civil society calls for release of student activists and workers

#China: Open letter from global civil society calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all workers and #humanrights activists who are detained or…