February 16, 2018

Another puzzling break-in prompts Uganda CSO to move operations to police station

CIVICUS speaks to Human Rights Awareness and Protection Forum (HRAPF) executive director Adrian Jjuuko (pictured) after their offices were broken into recently. He also…
February 14, 2018

‘La presencia de mujeres en espacios de representación política es buena no solo para las…

English En noviembre de 2017 Argentina aprobó una ley de paridad de género con el objeto de garantizar un 50% de representación femenina en…
February 13, 2018

‘Opaque laws, erratic application of rules and lengthy bureaucratic processes cost lives during a humanitarian…

CIVICUS speaks with Jeremy Wellard, Regional Representative for Asia of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is a global civil society network…
February 12, 2018

‘Invocamos el principio de extraterritorialidad para llamar al Estado chino a rendir cuentas del impacto…

English CIVICUS conversa con las cuatro responsables de la iniciativa regional “Explorando nuevos caminos para la defensa de los derechos humanos frente a las…
February 07, 2018

We believe in citizens taking action on the issues that affect their lives, without needing…

CIVICUS speaks to Katherine Baird, International Projects Manager at the Change.org Foundation, an organisation that envisions a world in which no one is powerless,…
January 31, 2018

Honduras: ‘El conflicto generado por la reacción ciudadana contra el fraude puede hacernos perder un…

English A fines de 2017, tras lo que muchos en la sociedad civil percibieron como una elección fraudulenta, estalló la protesta en Honduras. CIVICUS…
January 30, 2018

‘A diferencia del Brexit, la demanda independentista catalana tiene un componente democratizador’

English CIVICUS conversa sobre la situación en Cataluña con Anaïs Franquesa Griso, abogada penalista especializada en derechos humanos y movimientos sociales y Directora de…
January 25, 2018

Huracán María: ‘La sociedad civil, dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico, vino a llenar el…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 25, 2018

Puerto Rico: ‘Si no incorpora a la sociedad civil, el gobierno no puede enfrentar la…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 24, 2018

Brasil: ‘Na esquerda, as estruturas tradicionais se enfraqueceram ao mesmo tempo que novas formas de…

English Após os muitos protestos vistos no Brasil em 2017, CIVICUS fala com José Henrique Bortoluci, professor do Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de…
January 23, 2018

‘The anti-corruption protests have turned the inhabitants of Romania into a whole new generation of…

CIVICUS speaks to Viorel Micescu, Executive Director of CENTRAS: The Assistance for Non-Governmental Organizations, an independent non-profit organisation aimed at contributing to the development…
January 22, 2018

‘Democracy is much more than street protest and institutional politics, and Hong Kong people are…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
January 19, 2018

‘Civil society won the debate on inequality but still needs to win the actual fight…

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Phillips, Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, a growing movement of citizens from across the world uniting to take…
January 18, 2018

United States: ‘Even in challenging times, civil society needs to be proactive in setting the…

CIVICUS speaks to Nick Robinson, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and lead of their United States Program. ICNL…
January 17, 2018

Catalonia: ‘It might take years to rebuild the political, social and emotional bridges that the…

Catalonia’s independence movement hit the headlines in 2017, and Catalonia’s future remains undecided. CIVICUS speaks to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, editor of democraciaAbierta, openDemocracy’s…
January 16, 2018

Nigeria: ‘If passed, the NGO Bill will reduce the ability of CSOs to hold the…

CIVICUS speaks to Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi, Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) about the draconian NGO bill under consideration by Nigerian lawmakers…
January 15, 2018

‘Against hopelessness, we need to work not to lose the very small windows of freedom…

CIVICUS speaks to an Iranian woman human rights defender about the causes and significance of the recent protests in Iran, as well as the…
January 12, 2018

‘There are signs of hope, but we are not waiting with our arms crossed but…

Angola saw a change at the top in 2017, when President José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after a staggering 38 years in power,…
January 11, 2018

‘The idea that a certain group does not belong in a country is instrumental in…

CIVICUS speaks to Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships and senior advisor with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Founded in 1986, PHR…
January 10, 2018

‘Market discourse has captured the development agenda to a point that may be incompatible with…

CIVICUS speaks with Barbara Adams, senior policy analyst at the Global Policy Forum (GPF), an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the…
December 28, 2017

Reimagining Democracy: ‘If citizens are not able to recognise what is going on and mobilise,…

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
December 26, 2017

‘Even the most progressive UN agencies have become vulnerable to the threat of corporate capture;…

As the 2017 State of Civil Society Report identified, private sector influence on international governance is an increasing civil society concern. CIVICUS speaks on…
December 21, 2017

Armenia: ‘For the quality of democracy to improve, judicial independence must be guaranteed and labour…

Elections held in Armenia in 2017 resulted in the ruling party holding onto power, but were marred by allegations of fraud, including vote-buying and…
December 20, 2017

‘El gobierno argentino envió un mensaje intimidatorio en relación con la participación de la sociedad…

English CIVICUS conversa con Gastón Chillier, Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), una organización de derechos humanos de Argentina. El…
December 20, 2017

Making progress, preventing regress: civil society at the Human Rights Council

We asked Phil Lynch, Director of International Service for Human Rights, to look back at the past year’s experience of civil society engagement with…
December 19, 2017

‘Tenemos que reconstruir con un enfoque de derechos humanos, es decir reactivando comunidades, y no…

English Los dos terremotos que afectaron a México en septiembre de 2017 dejaron cientos de muertos y miles de heridos, y la sociedad civil…
December 18, 2017

Blocage de l'accès internet au Cameroun prive la société civile des ressources essentielles

English Le Cameroun a vu l'État imposer toute une série de restrictions aux droits fondamentaux de la société civile en 2017, notamment une fermeture…
December 15, 2017

‘Threats to women’s and LGBTI rights are threats to democracy; any retrogression is unacceptable’

Recent years have seen an apparently growing tendency for anti-rights groups to seek to claim the space for civil society, including at the intergovernmental…
December 14, 2017

Venezuela: ‘Ante la profundización de la crisis económica y social, el descontento solo puede ser…

English Al final de un año en que Venezuela ha pasado por crisis económica, desorden político y protestas masivas, CIVICUS conversa con Nizar El…
December 02, 2017

‘Civil society must increase the pressure so even countries that aren’t part of the Arms…

CIVICUS speaks to Anna Macdonald, Director of the Control Arms Secretariat, which leads a global civil society coalition comprising over 300 partners in all regions of…
December 01, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘the democratic revolution is currently in hibernation; from a scale of 1 to…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 30, 2017

Paraguay: Gobierno aplica ley inconstitucional anti-protesta en forma discriminatoria contra movimientos sociales que desafían su…

English CIVICUS conversa con Oscar Ayala Amarilla, Secretario Ejecutivo de la Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos del Paraguay (CODEHUPY). La Coordinadora de Derechos Humanos es…
November 29, 2017

‘Solo un gobierno auténticamente democrático podrá enfrentar seriamente el problema del cambio climático’

English CIVICUS conversa con Enrique de León, dirigente del Comité Nacional de Lucha Contra el Cambio Climático (CNLCC), una organización de la sociedad civil…
November 29, 2017

México: En una democracia, no es posible que desaparezcan 43 estudiantes y todo siga igual

English CIVICUS conversa con Ana Cristina Ruelas, Directora de la oficina de ARTICLE 19 para México y Centroamérica. ARTICLE 19 es una organización de…
November 20, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘It is for civil society to step in and fill the void on…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
November 14, 2017

Entramado de complicidades entre empresas y Estado resulta en creciente criminalización de defensores de derechos…

English CIVICUS conversa con Ileana Molo, Presidenta Ejecutiva de la organización Afropanameñ@ Soy e integrante de la Red de Derechos Humanos de Panamá, en…
November 10, 2017

Reimagining democracy: ‘Dutch citizens feel a major disconnect from politics ’

The special theme of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report will be ‘reimagining democracy’. The report will explore how citizens and civil society…
November 06, 2017

Nobody has made any attempt to shield Yemeni civil society organisations from impact of armed…

CIVICUS speaks to Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, an independent Yemeni human rights organisation. Mwatana is engaged with a number…
November 01, 2017

Closure of civic space constitutes an existential threat to independent civil society in Bahrain

CIVICUS speaks to Michael Payne (left), Director of Advocacy, and Sam Jones (right), a researcher at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain…
October 27, 2017

‘All governments agree – at least nominally - that a world without nuclear weapons is…

CIVICUS speaks to Daniel Högsta, Network Coordinator with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a broad, inclusive campaign focused on mobilising civil…
October 25, 2017

‘The government is in fact listening to civil society, just not to the progressive side…

CIVICUS speaks to Horace Levy, the director of Jamaicans for Justice, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-violent citizens’ rights action organisation that advocates for good governance…
October 23, 2017

Kenya’s fresh election lights up Africa with hope

On 26 October 2017, Kenya returns to the polls after the Supreme Court declared the election held on 8 August 2017 null and void.…
October 20, 2017

‘La sociedad civil trabaja por una democracia no solo más representativa sino también más participativa’

English CIVICUS conversa con Ramiro Orias, abogado y defensor de derechos humanos boliviano. Orias es Oficial de Programas de la Fundación para el Debido…
October 17, 2017

South African NGO scores legal victory in limiting the influence of ‘big money’ on democracy

A South African NGO My Vote Counts recently won a court case in which it asked that political parties must be compelled to publicly…
October 17, 2017

Les manifestants se transforment en milliers de personnes qui battent la fermeture d'Internet

Read the interview in English  CIVICUS parle avec KEPOMEY Koffi Dela Franck de l'organisation non gouvernementale Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile au Togo…
October 10, 2017

The Political Parties Bill is ‘poison for Zambia’s ailing democracy’

CIVICUS speaks to Zambian human rights defender McDonald Chipenzi. The Threatened State of Emergency invoked by the President on 5 July 2017 is due…
September 28, 2017

‘No abandonaremos nuestra lucha; las empresas y gobiernos que invierten en proyectos extractivos deben saber…

  English CIVICUS conversa con Medardo Mairena Sequeira, Coordinador del Consejo Nacional para la Defensa de la Tierra, Lago y Soberanía, un movimiento social…
September 08, 2017

La sociedad civil de América Latina y el Caribe presiona por un acuerdo vinculante sobre…

English CIVICUS conversa con Andrés Nápoli, abogado especializado en derecho ambiental y Director Ejecutivo de la Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN). Fundada en…
August 02, 2017

Pese al acoso, el movimiento estudiantil hondureño se niega a retroceder

English CIVICUS conversa con Héctor Ulloa, estudiante de doble licenciatura en Derecho y Economía, vicepresidente de la Asociación de Estudiantes de Derecho de la…
July 12, 2017

NGO soldiers on giving holistic care to rape survivors in DRC

CIVICUS speaks to Julienne Lusenge, director of SOFEPADI (Solidarite Feminine pour la Paix et le Development Integral), an NGO based in the Democratic Republic…
July 05, 2017

Escándalo de corrupción impulsa movilización de dimensiones históricas en la República Dominicana

English CIVICUS conversa con Manuel Robles, integrante del Movimiento Marcha Verde de la República Dominicana. Surgida en enero de 2017 al calor de la…
June 27, 2017

El Salvador es uno de los pocos países que aún no han decidido que la…

English CIVICUS conversa con Sara García Gross, Coordinadora Ejecutiva de la Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico de El…
June 14, 2017

Victoria de la sociedad civil de El Salvador: Entra en vigor la ley que prohíbe…

English CIVICUS conversa con Saúl Baños, abogado de la Mesa Nacional frente a la Minería Metálica de El Salvador y Director Ejecutivo de una…
June 12, 2017

Liberian rural communities face ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with multinationals

CIVICUS speaks to a Liberian activist about the invasions by multinational companies into community and indigenous lands. Rural communities are at the receiving end…
May 22, 2017

Dire situation for journalists and civil society in Turkey

CIVICUS speaks to Huseyin Hurmali, President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation about the difficult environment for journalists in Turkey. Worldwide, Turkey has the…
May 15, 2017

Cultural barriers are lifting but legal and political obstacles still hinder gender equality in Chile

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Natalia Muñoz Castillo, director of International Affairs at the Observatory Against Street Harassment (OCAC), a Chilean civil society organisation that…
May 08, 2017

Hungary new Bill aims to silence civil society that criticises the state

CIVICUS speaks to Anita Koncsik of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) on the recent Bill on transparency of organisations receiving foreign funding. Anita…
May 04, 2017

Advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Peru, a risky fight against powerful enemies

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to María Ysabel Cedano, Director of DEMUS –Study for the Defense of Women’s Rights, a Peruvian feminist organisation that since 1987…
April 25, 2017

Omani human rights activist silenced and pushed into exile

CIVICUS interviews Habiba Al Hinai a human rights defender from Oman who had to leave the country for her own safety. She also elaborates…
April 20, 2017

Closure of Himal magazine part of ongoing onslaught on free expression in the South Asia…

CIVICUS speaks to Aunohita Mojumdar the editor of Himal Southasian, a review magazine of politics and culture based in Nepal and run by the…
April 12, 2017

La disolución de la Unión Nacional de Educadores del Ecuador, parte de una estrategia coordinada…

English CIVICUS conversa con Rosana Palacios Barriga (foto), presidenta de la Unión Nacional de Educadores (UNE) del Ecuador. La UNE, la organización de maestros…
April 05, 2017

Bolivian government using law and force to cow civil society into silence

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Marco Antonio Gandarillas, Director of the Centre of Information and Documentation Bolivia (CEDIB), a human rights organisation founded in 1970…
April 03, 2017

Togo’s violations of the press are out of step with democratic norms

French CIVICUS speaks to Koffi Déla Frack Kepomey, the executive director of Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile du Togo (CNSC-Togo) concerning the recent…
March 30, 2017

Worker’s rights activism and human rights activism must be linked

Shawna Bader-Blau, executive director of the Solidarity Center, the largest worker rights organisation based in the United States speaks to CIVICUS about challenges facing…
March 28, 2017

Malawi makes good reforms on civic space but new NGO Policy sidelines human rights CSOs

CIVICUS interviews, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitations’ Fletcher Simwaka about the state of civic space in Malawi and the new NGO policy.…
March 15, 2017

Egyptian women's rights defenders risk life in prison

Azza Soliman and Mozn Hassan have both been working to improve women's rights in Egypt. They have campaigned to end violence against women, amongst…
March 13, 2017

It’s not all doom and gloom on the ICC and Africa

At the recent summit of the African Union (AU), states adopted what appeared to be a plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court…
March 07, 2017

Colombian activists: ‘We are paying with our lives to defend water’

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Carlos Andrés Santiago, spokesperson of CORDATEC, an organisation that defends water, the territory and the ecosystems of San Martín, in…
March 06, 2017

Zambia’s media under siege

Following reported violations on the press in Zambia that have included the closing of a newspaper and two radio stations, CIVICUS speaks to Wilson…
February 27, 2017

Letter to Dr. Angela Merkel ahead of visit to Cairo

24 February 2017 Dr Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin   Subject: Your visit to Cairo, 2-3…
February 24, 2017

Claiming the space for women in Argentina, one step at a time

Spanish CIVICUS speaks to Ana Correa, a member of the organising group of #NiUnaMenos, a movement that has held massive protests against gender-based violence…
January 24, 2017

Closed and repressed: No space for democracy to take root in Eritrea

CIVICUS interviews a human rights defender from Eritrea, who speaks about the nature of the government and its complete disregard for fundamental human rights.…
January 19, 2017

Shock and sadness spurs anti-Trump protestors

Ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, activists and civil society are mobilising protests against the…
January 18, 2017

Syrian civil society not being heard by international donors

CIVICUS asked Nibal Salloum, program manager at the Syrian peace-building organisation Nuon, about the situation for civil society in Syria and the challenges faced…
January 11, 2017

Suppression of freedom of expression in Uganda increases

CIVICUS speaks to Ugandan independent blogger and journalist Rosebell Kagumire (pictured). She speaks on the situation for journalists in Uganda, freedom of expression in…
January 09, 2017

Burundi civil society sees the International Criminal Court as a last resort for justice

Human rights defender Cyriaque Nibitegeka speaks to CIVICUS about Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court and the implications for human rights and victims…
January 04, 2017

Strict legal restrictions on foreign funding hit India’s NGOs

CIVICUS interviews Mathew Jacob on the restrictions on freedom of association and attacks on civil society in India including laws on foreign funding. Jacob…
December 14, 2016

Drug war unsettles civil society in Philippines

Since assuming power in May 2016 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has embarked on a controversial campaign against drugs in which over 3 000 people…
December 12, 2016

Victims of human rights violations will be worst affected if South Africa exits the International…

CIVICUS speaks to Angela Mudukuti about South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, the implications for human rights and justice and the work…
December 09, 2016

Despite progress, freedom of expression still under threat on the African continent

To commemorate International Human Rights Day, CIVICUS speaks to the Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) - Advocate Faith…
November 30, 2016

Mozambique NGOs battle for free civic space

To read this in Portugese, click here. In this anonymous interview, CIVICUS speaks to a civil society activist in Mozambique concerning the environment for…
November 18, 2016

Indonesian activists fear being targeted by cyber-bullying law

CIVICUS speaks to Asep Komarudin (pictured) of Legal Aid Institute for the Press concerning the cyber bullying amendment that was recently made to the…
October 12, 2016

Increased violence in South Sudan is increasing difficulties for human rights defenders

CIVICUS spoke to a civil society leader based in Juba, South Sudan about why the government threatened and prevented human rights defenders from travelling…
April 20, 2016

Intolerance of civil society in Vietnam: An interview with Penelope Faulkner from the Vietnam Committee…

Vice-President of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), Penelope Faulkner, speaks to CIVICUS about the current challenges faced by civil society in Vietnam…
April 05, 2016

Death is something we were expecting: Interview with Amadiba Crisis Committee

On 22 March 2016, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe (pictured), chairperson of the, Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) was assassinated at his home by two assailants who…
December 03, 2015

Support human rights defenders in Ethiopia: CIVICUS interview with Betre Yacob Getahun

CIVICUS speaks to Betre Yacob Getahun a journalist, writer, and human rights advocate and the founder and president of Ethiopian Journalists Forum (EJF). Getahun…
July 16, 2015

CIVICUS interview with José De Echave, co-founder of CooperAcción

Read the interview in Spanish.   José De Echave, co-founder of CooperAcción speaks to CIVICUS about the many challenges faced by civil society and disadvantaged populations…
July 09, 2015

CIVICUS interview with Emily Howie (HRLC)

Emily Howie, director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia speaks to CIVICUS about civic space challenges in her…
June 24, 2015

CIVICUS interview with Mohamed Lofty (ECRF)

Mohamed Lofty of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) speaks to CIVICUS about the travel ban imposed on him on 2nd of…
May 27, 2015

Insights on the current protests in Macedonia: An interview with two leading civil society activists

Emina Nuredinoska (left) of the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation and Tanja Hafner Ademi (right) of the Balkan Civil Society Development Network speak to…
May 06, 2015

Collaborate to curb restrictions on civic space in Turkey: An interview with Savaş Metin (KYM)

Savaş Metin, the General Secretary of Kimse Yok Mu Association (KYM) in Turkey, speaks to CIVICUS about the ongoing judicial harassment of their organization…
May 06, 2015

Interview with leading civil society activist in Sudan: Abdel-Eahman El Mahdi

Abdel-Rahman El Mahdi, Director of the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), speaks to CIVICUS about escalating restrictions on civil society and the prospect of engaging…
March 11, 2015

Extrajudicial powers being abused by India's Armed Forces: An Interview with Human Rights Activist Ravi…

Ravi Nitesh of the Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC) speaks to CIVICUS about the vicious cycle of judicial harassment Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila faces…
February 19, 2015

Call on Egyptian government to end all human rights violations - CIVICUS interview with Hussein…

Hussein Magdy of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) speaks to CIVICUS about how Egyptian civil society is dismayed at the ongoing…
February 12, 2015

"Push for the repeal of the CSO Proclamation" - CIVICUS Interview with Soliyana Gebremichael (EHRP)

Soliyana Gebremichael, founding member of the Zone9 bloggers collective and Coordinator of the Ethiopian Human Right Project, speaks to CIVICUS about the Ethiopian government's…
January 23, 2015

Cambodia: Human rights situation remains critical - CIVICUS interview with Chak Sopheap (CCHR)

CIVICUS speaks to Ms. Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), about ongoing restrictions on civil society organizations and…
October 29, 2014

The persecution of civil society activists in Azerbaijan: An interview with Turgut Gambar (Founding member…

Turgut Gambar, founding member of NIDA Civic Movement, speaks to CIVICUS about the growing restrictions on civil society in Azerbaijan and the government’s ongoing…
October 15, 2014

Government restrictions on foreign funding alarms Pakistani CSOs: A CIVICUS interview with Qamar Naseem

Qamar Naseem of the Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network (PCSN) speaks to CIVICUS about growing restrictions imposed on civil society organisations and the Pakistani government’s…
September 04, 2014

CIVICUS interview with Bangladeshi civil society activist and Secretary of Odhikar, Adilur Rahman Khan

Prominent Bangladeshi civil society activist and Secretary of Odhikar, Adilur Rahman Khan, speaks to CIVICUS about growing restriction on civil society in Bangladesh and…
August 27, 2014

Hungarian civil society shocked at the pace of increasingly restrictive measures: An interview with Veronika…

Veronika Mora, of the Okotars Foundation( Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation) speaks to CIVICUS about the Orban government’s clampdown on Hungarian civil society and their…
August 11, 2014

Nawaz Sharif must provide support to CSOs instead of disenabling the environment they operate in:…

Professor Mohammed Ismail of the Pakistan NGOs Forum (PNF Pakistan), speaks to CIVICUS about the overall operating environment of civil society in Pakistan and…
August 08, 2014

CIVICUS interview with Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27

Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27 and a national executive member of the Treatment Action Campaign, an activist movement formed in 1998…
July 14, 2014

An interview with Laurent Munyandilikirwa on the state of civil society in Rwanda

Laurent Munyandilikirwa, former president of Rwandan CSO, LIPRODHOR, speaks to CIVICUS about the state of civil society in Rwanda and the government’s continued targeted…
June 18, 2014

CIVICUS interview with Amal Elmohandes, Director of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nasra…

In light of the ongoing threats faced by civil society activists, journalists and ordinary citizens in Egypt from state and non-state actors, CIVICUS interviews…
March 06, 2014

"Speak up for the Venezuelan people" - An interview with Feliciano Reyna

4 March, 2014 Feliciano Reyna is a human rights advocate working on HIV and AIDS related issues in Venezuela since 1995. He has been…
November 08, 2013

CIVICUS interviews Andrew Khoo, Co-Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee

Andrew Khoo, the Co-Chairperson of Malaysian Bar Council's Human Rights Committee (BCHRC), speaks to CIVICUS about the growing restrictions on civil society and obstacles…
October 29, 2013

"Open spaces for dialogue with citizens and civil society" - A CIVICUS interview with Brazilian…

In June 2013, protesters took to the streets in Brazil to protest against increases in the prices of bus tickets in the major cities.…
October 02, 2013

Interview with Nassima AlSadah, Adala Centre for Human Rights

1. How do you operate as a female activist in Saudi Arabia?We have never had an organisation or union between women. We tried to…
August 15, 2013

CIVICUS interview with Saira Rahman

Saira Rahman, wife of detained activist Adilur Rahman Khan speaks to CIVICUS about the circumstances surrounding his arrest and detention and the on-going persecution…
June 28, 2013

"Protestors want the change that the revolution did not yet achieve"- An interview with an…

Ahead of the mass protests expected in Egypt on Sunday, CIVICUS spoke with Hicham Ezzat, an activist for Egypt’s pro-revolution movement. 1) Why did…
June 20, 2013

"Spread the news about Turkey" | A CIVICUS interview with Turkish civil society activists

Aysegul Ekmekci and Semanur Karaman from Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) speak to CIVICUS about the on-going protests in the country and what…
June 12, 2013

Youth unemployment in SubSaharan Africa is cancerous | A CIVICUS member interview with Awa Ndah…

Awa Ndah is the Founder and Executive Director of Impact Creators, a youth educational and professional development organisation based in Cameroon. He is also…
May 27, 2013

Young people need to get informed | A CIVICUS member interview with Esther Agbarakwe of…

Esther Agbarakwe is a co-founder of the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition, the biggest youth climate movement in Nigeria. She also serves as a technical…
May 21, 2013

Independent dissent being silenced in South Sudan | An interview with Victor Lowilla of SSLS

Victor Lowilla, senior legal aid attorney at the South Sudan Law Society (SSLS), speaks to CIVICUS about the trajectory of civil society in South…
May 09, 2013

Post-2015 Agenda needs to address the 1 billion people with disabilities

Dagnachew B. Wakene is a researcher from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, specialising in studies of inclusive development, human rights and law. As a person with…
May 09, 2013

Children and Youth Concerns are about Sustainability: An interview with Kiara Worth

Kiara Worth is one of the Organising Partners for the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). The MGCY is the official youth constituency…
May 08, 2013

On Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: An Interview with Un Women’s Lakshmi Puri

United Nations officials, civil society groups and worldwide media coverage hailed last month's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for taking a significant…
May 08, 2013

CIVICUS Member Interview: Omaid Sharifi of Sela Foundation in Afghanistan

Mr Omaid Sharifi is a member of CIVICUS and the Co-Founder of Sela Foundation in Afghanistan. He is also the Country Representative of the…
April 22, 2013

Interview: Global conversation conducive to shaping post- 2015 agenda

The World We Want 2015 initiative aims to create a collective vision of the most important priorities of people in every part of the…
April 08, 2013

Decent work and social protection should be included in the Post-2015 Agenda | An interview…

Matt Simmonds is the liaison officer for the platform of civil society organisations that sits in the OECD Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-…
March 28, 2013

Animal welfare and the Post-2015 Agenda: A CIVICUS interview with Arjan Van Houwelingen of the…

Arjan Van Houwelingen of the World Society for the Protection of Animals Netherlands shares why the Post-2015 Agenda needs to include animal welfare and…
March 20, 2013

Leo Williams shares his thoughts on CSOs and a post-2015 framework

Leo Williams in the International Coordinator of the Beyond 2015 campaign, which brings together over 260 civil society organisations from more than 60 countries…
March 20, 2013

Stop the ORMAS Bill! - An interview with Longgena Ginting

"Indonesia is home to massive environmental and cultural resources. By protecting civil society, we can help to ensure a greater degree of protection for…
March 13, 2013

Language, Culture and Millennium Development Goals- An Interview

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Dave Pearson, who is a long-time staff member at SIL International, a large…
March 07, 2013

Ivana Savić shares her thoughts on Youth participation in the Post-2015 Agenda

Ivana Savic is a Policy Officer at Change Mob and Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Development Studies. She…
February 26, 2013

Uchita de Zoysa of Global Sustainability Solutions shares his thoughts on the MDGs and Corporate…

Uchita de Zoysa is the Chairman of Global Sustainability Solutions (GLOSS), the Executive Director of the Centre for Environment and Development, and Initiator of…
February 22, 2013

Richard Morgan of UNICEF shares his thoughts on the Post-2015 Agenda, Women and Children

Richard Morgan is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the Post- 2015 Agenda. He is…
February 15, 2013

CIVICUS interviews Dr. Changyong Rhee about the Post-2015 agenda

Dr. Changyong Rhee is the Chief Economics and spokesperson on economic forecasts, trends at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has over 20 years…
February 11, 2013

Civil society has the potential of finding new solutions to global challenges which are based…

New CIVICUS Secretary General Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah who officially began his mandate as head of the global alliance this week speaks to the CIVICUS…
February 05, 2013

CIVICUS Interviews Felix Dodds about the MDGs, Post-2015 and Sustainable Development

Felix Dodds is an independent consultant focusing on stakeholder engagement in the sustainable development process. He is also a current Associate Fellow at the…
December 20, 2012

Distinguishing between civil society groups is divisive and will weaken cohesion among different sectors: An…

Lewis Mwape of the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), speaks to CIVICUS about the status of the 2009 Zambian NGO Act and the campaign…
December 07, 2012

Interviews with youth delegates at the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum (2)

Natalie Akstein, CIVICUS Junior Convening Officer and youth focal point, interviews youth delegates at the Global Youth Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Delegates provide perspectives…
December 06, 2012

Interviews with youth delegates at the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum (1)

Natalie Akstein, CIVICUS Junior Convening Officer and youth focal point, interviews youth delegates at the Global Youth Forum currently taking place in Bali, Indonesia.…
November 08, 2012

Human rights defenders in Bangladesh are at constant risk: An interview with Adilur Rahman Khan…

Can you tell us a little bit about the mission and work of Odhikar?Odhikar was formed by a group of human rights activists who…
October 23, 2012

Change begins with the individual: An interview with Suzanne Salz, ICLEI

How would you evaluate the Future We Want outcome document in two sentences? The Future We Want outcome document is far from certain to…
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