December 13, 2018

Pakistan shuts down and kicks out 18 International NGOs, with 20 others facing expulsion

 Pakistan has expelled 18 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) Another 20 organisations are also at risk of expulsion Pakistan’s policy on INGOs effectively hampers the…
December 11, 2018

Syria: We remember Razan, Samira, Nazem and Wa’el five years after their kidnapping

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On 09 December, people around the world remember Razan Zaitouneh, Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada, kidnapped in Douma, Syria on this day five years…
December 06, 2018

Human rights groups globally call for end to killing of activists in record numbers

Human rights activists are being violently attacked and killed in record numbers 20 years after historic UN declaration adopted to protect them. More than…
December 06, 2018

UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR: ‘Counter-terrorism is devouring international law’

CIVICUS speaks to Agnes Callamard, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, about her latest report, Saving lives is not a…
December 05, 2018

Arrests of hundreds at demonstrations on West Papua highlight relentless suppression of dissent

Hundreds of West Papuans were arrested for holding peaceful protests Some protesters were attacked by pro-government groups and suffered injuries There has been a…
December 05, 2018

HAITI: The conditions for democracy are not being met

French Following the publication of our report, ‘Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination’, we continue to interview civil society activists and leaders…
December 04, 2018

The restriction of basic freedoms has become the global norm

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By Cathal Gilbert, CIVICUS Head of Civic Space Research Imagine inviting your ten closest friends to dinner but only four of them show up.…
November 29, 2018

Ethiopia: Dear Prime Minister, act to protect the rights of civil society organisations

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Joint civil society letter to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on the need to revise a draft law that would restrict freedom of association…
November 27, 2018

Six pays sur dix répriment fortement les libertés civiques

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Résultats basés sur les données publiées ce jour par le Monitor CIVICUS, un projet de recherche collaboratif international chargé d'évaluer et de surveiller le…
November 27, 2018

Renewing democracy: proposals and ideas from civil society

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By Mandeep Tiwana, CIVICUS Chief Programmes Officer  If we could reimagine the kind of democracy we live in and the way we experience democracy, what…
November 27, 2018

New Report: 6 in 10 countries now seriously repressing civic freedoms

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Espanol | Francais Findings based on data released today by the CIVICUS Monitor a global research collaboration which rates and tracks the respect for fundamental…
November 26, 2018

Bangladesh: Authorities must end smear campaign against human rights group Odhikar

Human rights group Odhikar is the target of a broad campaign to prevent them from exposing human rights violations in Bangladesh Pro-government media are…
November 26, 2018

Free Saudi Women Coalition Calls for Immediate Release of Saudi Women Activists

  Coalition of global human rights groups launch a campaign for release of all Saudi women activists behind bars At least 12 women human…
November 22, 2018

Detention of 13 activists a sign of renewed crackdown by Turkish government

13 activists and academics arrested and detained by police in clear act of intimidation Prominent activist Yiğit Aksakoğlu remains in pre-trial custody Recent detentions…
November 19, 2018

Open Letter to Drivers, Teams and Performers at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2018

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Dear friends, As you ready yourselves to hold the limelight on the stages and tracks of the final Formula One race of the season,…
November 19, 2018

PAKISTAN: ‘Democratic forces have become weak due to prolonged military regimes’

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
November 19, 2018

Austria’s civic space rating downgraded

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The downgrade is based on an assessment of conditions for the exercise of the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression on the CIVICUS…
November 16, 2018

With social and political polarisation rising, global campaign gets people talking across divides

Global SPEAK! campaign counters growing divisions with a call to “speak with” those we don’t normally Campaign will comprise almost 200 events in 60…
November 15, 2018

Turning data-driven accountability into meaningful action for civil society

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By Merle Rutz, CIVICUS Accountability and Impact Coordinator Are we representing and amplifying the right voices? Are our programmes and campaigns geographically inclusive? How can we…
November 14, 2018

Climate of repression a dark cloud over upcoming elections in Fiji

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By Josef Benedict, Civic Space Research Officer,CIVICUS   Powdery white beaches. Crystal clear turquoise water. Palm trees swaying in the breeze. This is the postcard picture…
November 13, 2018

Joint letter in support of the UN General Assembly resolution on the situation of human…

To: All Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York Your Excellencies, The undersigned national, regional and international civil society organisations urge your…
November 13, 2018

Your signature needed! Global Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human…

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French l Portuguese l Spanish The 9th of December 2018 marks 20 years since global leaders adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This was…
November 09, 2018

Journalist facing serious charges for reporting amid rising repression in Cameroon

Cameroonian journalist was reporting on human rights abuses when detained Charges include engendering state security and cyber criminality Fears of imminent terrorism charges and…
November 08, 2018

Dear African Commission on Human Rights: Don’t provide cover for repressive Egyptian government

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Joint letter to Chair of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights: Don’t provide political cover for brutal repression of Egyptian government (below letter sent to…
November 08, 2018

FIJI: ‘In a democracy, the power of the people doesn’t begin and end at the…

As part of our 2018 report on the theme of reimagining democracy, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their work to…
November 07, 2018

Reimagining democracy requires better participation in political and economic decisions

French Year-long global research initiative explores what democracy means to people from almost 80 countries and what kind of democracy they want Key challenges…
November 06, 2018

New Head of UN Human Rights needs to visit Bangladesh

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Joint letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, on the deterorating human rights situation in Bangladesh Your Excellency: Congratulations on your new…
November 05, 2018

Latin America | The Escazú Agreement: a light of hope for those standing up for…

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By Natalia Gomez Peña, Advocacy & Network Engagement Officer, CIVICUS In Latin America, environmental activists risk their lives as a consequence of the vital…
November 02, 2018

Joint Statement on Cambodia: End impunity for crimes against journalists and activists

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Phnom Penh, 1 November 2018 – On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we, the undersigned civil…
November 01, 2018

Sri Lanka government must respect the rule of law and protect civic space

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and The Innovation for Change South Asia Hub are extremely concerned about the political crisis in Sri Lanka…
November 01, 2018

Saudi Arabia: Free Saudi activists now!

Saudi Arabia should immediately and unconditionally release all arbitrarily detained activists, respect their rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and put an…
October 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia: Over 160 groups call for accountability following murder of journalist and widespread arrest…

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Francais | Espanol | العربية Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest…
October 26, 2018

African Union Makes Moves to Neutralise Africa’s Main Human Rights Body

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By David Kode, CIVICUS Advocacy and Campaigns lead For many African activists based on the continent, getting to a major human rights summit just…
October 23, 2018

5 Ways New Movement Leaders Are Effecting Change

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By Michael Silberman, Global Director of Mobilisation Lab, a network that equips social change-makers and their organisations to deliver more effective, people-powered campaigns in…