January 29, 2020

SPAIN: ‘Democratic rules are being used to promote an anti-rights ideology’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent election in Spain with Núria Valls, president of the Ibero-American League of Civil Society Organisations (Liga Iberoamericana), a platform…
January 28, 2020

PAKISTAN: ‘I was told the people who detained me were from the Army Intelligence Agency’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ismail, a longstanding member of CIVICUS’ Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), a network of 90 national and regional civil…
January 21, 2020

CUBA: ‘Dissidents are in the millions; there aren't enough jail cells for so many people’

CIVICUS speaks with Juan Antonio Blanco, director of the Cuban Observatory of Conflicts (Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos), an autonomous civil society project supported by…
January 20, 2020

#UN75: ‘Human rights are at the centre of multilateral diplomacy’

  2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about…
January 06, 2020

CHILE: ‘There's radical discontent with how the country's been ruled for decades’

Protests broke out in Chile in October 2019, initially led by students rejecting an increase in the price of transport and quickly escalating into…
December 18, 2019

‘Due to the communications blockade in Kashmir, news of protests went largely underreported’

On 5 August 2019, the government of India revoked Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which guaranteed the autonomous status and rights of…
December 11, 2019

#ShiftThePower, exciting possibilities and challenges for resourcing

Left to Right: Dumiso Gatsha, SDGs Goalkeeper and founder of Success Capital NGO & Degan Ali, Executive Director at Adeso  A growing movement of people is…
November 27, 2019

CHILE: ‘There has been a citizen awakening of historical proportions’

Protests broke out in Chile in October 2019, initially led by students rejecting an increase in the price of transport and quickly escalating into…
November 20, 2019

BANGLADESH: ‘Out of fear, people are being silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Aklima Ferdows, who works with the Centre for Social Activism in Bangladesh, about civil society’s challenges and support needs in the…
November 20, 2019

MALAYSIA: ‘We need global solidarity to push back on attacks on rights’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups and…
November 15, 2019

Letter from Jail: Members of poetry troupe in Myanmar

Letter from Zeyar Lwin and Paing Ye Thu members of the Peacock Generation in Myanmar Seven members of the Peacock Generation—Kay Khine Tun, Zayar…
November 11, 2019

TAIWAN: Same-sex marriage legalisation a joint effort of government and civil society

In May 2019 Taiwan became the first nation in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. CIVICUS speaks to Minister Audrey Tang about this historical decision…
November 11, 2019

CHILD RIGHTS: ‘Anti-child rights groups are making up stories to convince the public’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
November 04, 2019

Mexico: Beyond a trend, community philanthropy has been essential to build people power

This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices…
October 31, 2019

SRI LANKA: ‘Trolls accusing people of being traitors are organised and political’

Ahead of the Sri Lankan presidential elections on 16 November 2019, CIVICUS spoke with Sandya Ekneligoda, a human rights defender and campaigner for justice…
October 25, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE: Feminists have pushed for marginalised voices to be heard

As calls grow for climate action to be more responsive to frontline communities, CIVICUS spoke to Maria Nailevu, a feminist climate activist from Fiji,…
October 24, 2019

SUDAN: Young activists show climate solidarity through drought, floods and tears

بالعربية CIVICUS speaks to Nisreen Al Sayeem, Chair of the Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change and Coordinator of Youth and Environment - Sudan…
October 18, 2019

Zombies in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Satirical protest & mobilisation against Apartheid-era policies in Cape Town

On 30 September 2019 an unusual scene flooded Cape Town as ‘zombie’ protesters fled through the inner city in a satirical protest against the…
October 14, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘Their true objective is to eliminate all government policies related to gender’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
October 03, 2019

Civil Society in Latin America makes its way into sharing economy

This article is part of the #StoriesOfResilience series, coordinated by CIVICUS to feature groups and activists on their journey to promote better resourcing practices…
September 30, 2019

CONSPIRACY THEORIES: ‘When social trust has been eroded, people don’t know what to believe’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 27, 2019

CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘There is no respect for the role of civil society’

Portuguese CIVICUS speaks with Adriana Ramos, advisor at Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a Brazilian civil society organisation that has worked since 1994 to propose solutions to…
September 26, 2019

MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS: ‘Hate speech is driven by unequal power relations and negative stereotypes’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 25, 2019

ETHIOPIA: ‘Civil society can play a key role in overcoming divisions’

CIVICUS speaks to Yared Hailemariam, Executive Director of the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia, about recent political reforms in Ethiopia, the opening opportunities…
September 24, 2019

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Civil society has proved itself to be an indispensable ally’

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Donaldson, Head of Campaigns at the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK). Founded in 1945, UNA-UK is devoted to building…
September 23, 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS: ‘People have a great desire for positive stories’

CIVICUS speaks with Saleem Vaillancourt, a journalist and media producer who works to promote the rights of Iran’s Bahá’í community and to encourage positive…
September 20, 2019

CHILE: ‘The COP needs the participation of civil society’

In a context of great mobilisation on climate action around the world and in the run up to the next Conference of the Parties on…
September 19, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘They don’t think human rights are universal, or they don’t view all people…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 18, 2019

INDONESIA: ‘We often face threats for reporting on abuses in Papua’

Since August 2019, there have been mass protests in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia. Protesters have demanded self-determination and called attention to racism by…
September 17, 2019

HATE SPEECH: ‘The fact that this is how online platforms are supposed to work is…

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experience of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 16, 2019

MYANMAR: ‘The government needs to open the doors’

CIVICUS speaks with Nay Lin Tun, a doctor and civil society humanitarian worker in Myanmar, about conflict in Rakhine State, the difficulties faced by…
September 10, 2019

VIETNAM: ‘The government is using non-state actors against minority religions’

CIVICUS speaks with Thang Nguyen of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a civil society organisation based in the USA and Thailand, about the challenges for…
September 09, 2019

ANTI-RIGHTS GROUPS: ‘They want to stop us because we do make a difference’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of facing backlash by anti-rights…
September 06, 2019

THAILAND: ‘Nobody should go to jail simply for expressing their opinions’

CIVICUS speaks with Sutharee Wannasiri, a human rights activist in Thailand who has been facing criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit as a result…
September 04, 2019

BRAZIL: ‘Discrimination and hate speech are becoming normalised’

As part of our 2019 thematic report, we are interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about their experiences of backlash from anti-rights groups…
September 03, 2019

ARTISTIC FREEDOM: ‘Artists are targeted because art is a powerful messaging vehicle’

CIVICUS speaks about the state of artistic expression with Srirak Plipat, Executive Director of Freemuse, the main international civil society organisation advocating for and…