September 17, 2021

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ‘The mining company must address its human rights and environmental legacy’

CIVICUS speaks with Keren Adams, Legal Director of the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC), about the victory recently obtained in holding the British-Australian mining…
September 15, 2021

INNOVATION: ‘Conventional human rights structures and practices may no longer be optimal or sufficient’

CIVICUS speaks with Edwin Rekosh, co-founder and managing partner of Rights CoLab, about the effects on civil society of the emergence of digital infrastructures…
September 09, 2021

TANZANIA: ‘What is needed is a new constitution reflecting the will of the people’

CIVICUS speaks about the prospects for democratic change under a new president in Tanzania with Maria Sarungi Tsehai, a communications expert and founder of…
August 27, 2021

JAMAICA: ‘After 20 years of advocacy, now there is sustained public conversation around LGBTQI+ rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Karen Lloyd, Associate Director of J-FLAG, about the situation of LGBTQI+ rights in Jamaica and the significance of a recent report…
August 26, 2021

UNITED KINGDOM: ‘The government is set on hiding from accountability and scrutiny’

CIVICUS speaks to Sam Grant, Head of Policy and Campaigns for Liberty, a UK civil society organisation, about the introduction of the Police, Crime,…
August 25, 2021

COLOMBIA: ‘Young people experience a feeling of wanting to change everything’

CIVICUS speaks about the protests that began in Colombia in April 2021, triggered by proposed tax increases, with a young social and human rights…
August 23, 2021

ECUADOR: ‘Women’s rights have experienced an emergency situation since well before the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks with Virginia Gómez de la Torre, president of Fundación Desafío, about the progress made and the challenges remaining in the area of…
August 23, 2021

COLOMBIA: ‘Those who demonstrate put their integrity and their lives at risk’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Colombia with a group of members of the Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners Foundation (FCSPP) and the…
August 19, 2021

HONDURAS: ‘The ruling of the Inter-American Court marks a before and after for LGBTQI+ people’

CIVICUS speaks with Indyra Mendoza, founder and general coordinator of Red Lésbica Cattrachas (Cattrachas Lesbian Network), a lesbian feminist organisation dedicated to defending the…
August 12, 2021

ZAMBIA: ‘Electoral practices seen so far do not indicate good lessons for the region’

CIVICUS speaks to McDonald Chipenzi, Executive Director of the Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services (GEARS) Initiative and Chair of the NGO Council in Zambia,…
August 06, 2021

MYANMAR: “Nearly everyone detained tells us they were beaten”

CIVICUS speaks to Manny Maung, Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), about the human rights situation in Myanmar. Manny was previously a journalist…
June 23, 2021

MALAYSIA: ‘The government should have assisted refugees under the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks to Htoon Htoon Oo, a refugee and activist from Myanmar, currently based in Malaysia. In 2007, he was a chemistry student in…
May 28, 2021

INDONESIA: “Peaceful pro-independence activists may be labeled as terrorists”

CIVICUS speaks to Samuel Awom, Coordinator of the human rights group KontraS Papua, which monitors human rights violations, advocates for victims and works for…
May 06, 2021

MYANMAR: “The military turned medical workers from heroes to criminals overnight”

CIVICUS speaks to Nay Lin Tun, a medical doctor who regularly volunteers with rescue teams in emergency areas in the city of Yangon, Myanmar.…
May 03, 2021

PHILIPPINES: ‘The charges against me are part of the government’s efforts at silencing its critics’

CIVICUS speaks with the chairperson of human rights group Karapatan, Elisa ‘Tita’ Lubi, who currently faces fabricated charges of attempted murder. She was accused…
March 29, 2021

KYRGYZSTAN: ‘The citizens' choice in the referendum will be decisive for our future’

CIVICUS and the International Partnership for Human Rights speak to Ulugbek Azimov, legal expert at the Legal Prosperity Foundation, about the protests that took…
March 05, 2021

BANGLADESH: “To address rape we need a thorough reform of the legal system”

CIVICUS speaks to Aparajita Sangita, a Bangladeshi human rights activist and an international award-winning independent filmmaker. Aparajita has worked on several films on discrimination…
March 04, 2021

MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS: ‘Europe instrumentalises human suffering to deter migration’

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece with Maya Thomas-Davis, an Advocacy and Communications Officer at the Legal Centre Lesvos…
March 01, 2021

THAILAND: ‘Young people question the government abusing their rights and compromising their future’

CIVICUS speaks to Amnesty International Thailand’s executive director, Piyanut Kotsan, about the Thai pro-democracy movement and the repression of protests. Established in Bangkok in…
February 26, 2021

SLOVENIA: ‘The government has taken advantage of the pandemic to restrict protest’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent right-wing shift in Slovenia with Brankica Petković, a researcher and project manager at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana. Founded…
February 23, 2021

INDIA: ‘CSOs that dare speak truth to power are attacked with politically motivated charges’

CIVICUS speaks to human rights lawyer and researcher Mrinal Sharma about the state of civic freedoms in India. Mrinal works to help unlawfully detained…
February 22, 2021

ECOCIDE: ‘Perpetrators of environmental destruction should be prosecuted just like war criminals are’

CIVICUS speaks with Jojo Mehta, co-founder and Executive Director of Stop Ecocide International and Chair of the Stop Ecocide Foundation. The Stop Ecocide campaign…
February 17, 2021

GREECE: ‘We need a change in narratives as well as in policies towards migration’

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece and the role of civil society in policymaking with Lefteris Papagiannakis, Head of…
February 16, 2021

UNITED NATIONS: ‘The existing human rights system must be criticised, while still being defended’

CIVICUS speaks with Brian Schapira, Director of Institutional Relations at the Center for Latin America´s Opening and Development (Centro para la Apertura y el…
February 15, 2021

ETHIOPIA: ‘The June 2021 election is between democratic life and death’

CIVICUS speaks to Mesud Gebeyehu about the political conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia and the highly contested upcoming Ethiopian national election, scheduled…
February 10, 2021

MYANMAR: “If this coup is not overturned, there will be many more political prisoners”

CIVICUS speaks about the recent military coup in Myanmar with Bo Kyi, a former political prisoner and co-founder of the Assistance Association of Political…
January 30, 2021

ANGOLA: “The ruling party sees local elections as a threat”

View the original interview in Portuguese here CIVICUS speaks about the situation in Angola with Pascoal Baptistiny, Executive Director of MBAKITA  – Kubango Agricultural Benevolent…
January 27, 2021

COSTA RICA: ‘The protests highlighted unresolved structural problems’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent protests in Costa Rica with Carlos Berríos Solórzano, co-founder of Asociación Agentes de Cambio-Nicaragua (Association Agents of Change –…
January 26, 2021

NAMIBIA: ‘Protests against gender-based violence were triggered by collective hope’

CIVICUS speaks to Bertha Tobias about the recent protests against femicide and gender-based violence (GBV) in Namibia. Bertha is a youth leader and an…
January 20, 2021

PERU: ‘Constitutional debate has taken on new relevance as a result of the protests’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Peru with Rafael Barrio de Mendoza, a researcher on processes of territorial transformation from Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana, a…
January 19, 2021

#UN75: ‘Moving forward, the UN should continue to provide access through accessible virtual platforms’

Following the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
January 15, 2021

GUATEMALA: ‘The protests were a reflection of both social organisation and citizen autonomy’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Guatemala with Sandra Morán Reyes, an advocate of women’s and LGBTQI+ rights. With a long history of participation…
December 17, 2020

#BEIJING25: ‘More women in public office translates into better government and a more robust democracy’

For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the progress achieved and…
December 16, 2020

UNITED STATES: ‘The 2020 election is a political and moral mandate against fascism’

CIVICUS speaks about voter suppression and its implications for US democracy with Yael Bromberg, Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at The Andrew Goodman Foundation,…
December 04, 2020

#BEIJING25: ‘All efforts towards gender equality must be built upon intersectionality and power-shifting’

For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the progress achieved and…
November 25, 2020

RUSSIA: ‘Human rights activism can be expected to increase in reaction to repression’

CIVICUS speaks with Leonid Drabkin, a coordinator with OVD-Info, an independent human rights civil society organisation (CSO) that documents and helps the victims of political…