November 25, 2021

POLAND: ‘right-wing backlash is just one side of the coin, the other being the active…

CIVICUS speaks with Krzysztof Śmiszek, a member of the Polish Parliament and chair of the Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, the first of its…
November 25, 2021

ICC urged to resume its investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the Philippines

Honourable Karim A. A. Khan QCProsecutorThe Office of the ProsecutorInternational Criminal CourtOude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK Den Haag, Netherlands To ICC Prosecutor Karim A.…
November 25, 2021

Activists Fuel Global Movement to Fight Violence Against Women

in Op-Eds

By Aarti Narsee, civic space researcher at CIVICUS This year marks 30 years of fighting to live free of gender-based violence through the 16…
November 24, 2021

President of the UN General Assembly’s Civil Society Town Hall

On 17 Novemner, Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly shared his priorities and perspectives for the 76th Session…
November 24, 2021

Civil society assess outcomes of UNGA76 Third Committee session

17 NGOs that closely follow and engage with the Third Committee have joined together to publish a joint statement on outcomes of this 76th…
November 23, 2021

Winners of the 2021 Innovation Awards!

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Winners of the 2021 Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards reflect the power of collective action. The Awards, named for human rights icon Nelson Mandela…
November 22, 2021

Call on INTERPOL to ban the illegal junta from representing Myanmar at its General Assembly

To: Kim Jong Yang, INTERPOL President; Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL General Secretary; the INTERPOL Executive Committee and INTERPOL Member Countries Dear INTERPOL President Kim Jong…
November 19, 2021

UNITED NATIONS: ‘Civil society has always been an integral part of the UN ecosystem’

CIVICUS speaks with Natalie Samarasinghe, Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Association UK (UNA-UK) about the UN Secretary-General’s recent ‘Our Common Agenda’ report…
November 19, 2021

Bangladesh: Drop all charges against human rights defenders from Odhikar

CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations, is seriously concerned over the ongoing judicial harassment against human rights defenders Adilur Rahman Khan and…
November 19, 2021

Over 100 Global foundations & donors pledge solidarity with blacklisted Palestinian civil society groups

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Philanthropic leaders urge governments to uphold democracy and human rights by protecting civil society against repressive policies More than 100 global foundations and donors,…
November 19, 2021

COP26: ‘Much more money is being invested in destroying the planet than in saving it’

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) has just ended in Glasgow, UK, and CIVICUS continues to interview civil…
November 18, 2021

NICARAGUA: ‘For the government, these fraudulent elections were a total failure’

CIVICUS discusses the recent elections in Nicaragua, characterised by the banning of candidates, fraud and repression, with a woman human rights defender from a…
November 17, 2021

El Salvador:“Foreign Agents” bill would restrict freedom of expression & association if passed into law

🇸🇻 #ElSalvadorNew law on "foreign agents" restricts freedoms of expression and association and gives the executive broad powers to repress civil society and independent…
November 17, 2021

SWITZERLAND: ‘It was about time for everybody to have the same rights, with no discrimination’

CIVICUS speaks with Reto Wyss, International Affairs Officer of Pink Cross, about the recent referendum on same-sex marriage in Switzerland and the challenges ahead.…
November 17, 2021

Honduras: Int. Law Experts file an amicus curiae brief requesting the cessation of criminal proceedings…

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🇭🇳#Honduras: Together with ten other human rights organisations we have filed an amicus curiae challenging the unjust and arbitrary detention of the #GuapinolWaterDefenders. They…
November 17, 2021

Sri Lanka: Two years on, escalating assault on freedoms by the Rajapaksa administration

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Two years on from the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka, the state of civic freedoms in the country continues to…
November 16, 2021

SWITZERLAND: ‘The victory of marriage equality will boost our efforts towards the next steps’

CIVICUS speaks with Jessica Zuber, co-leader of Operation Libero’s marriage for all campaign, about the recent referendum on same-sex marriage in Switzerland. Operation Libero…
November 15, 2021

International human rights orgs: Stop ‘paid prioritisation’ bill

 한국어   Moon Jae-inPresident of the Republic of Korea1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-guSeoul 03048Republic of Korea Joint open letter to President Moon Jae-in Re: Respect Net Neutrality,…
November 15, 2021

CHILE: ‘Migration restrictions do not tackle the causes of migration’

CIVICUS speaks with Delio Cubides, migration legal advisor at the Chilean Catholic Migration Institute (INCAMI), about the situation of migrants in Chile, and the…
November 11, 2021

CAMBODIA: ‘This is a textbook case of organised crime with links to the state’

CIVICUS speaks with Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, a Spanish national and co-founder of Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC), a civil society organisation (CSO) that advocates and campaigns…
November 10, 2021

Sri Lanka: Release human rights defenders detained for advocating for education rights

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🇱🇰#SriLanka: Ahead of their trial tomorrow, the courts must grant bail to 5 human rights defenders detained for participating in peaceful protests to protect…
November 09, 2021

Thailand: States must urge the government to address the deterioration of fundamental freedoms

in Geneva

#Thailand: CIVICUS & @adn_asia urge @UN member states to raise concerns about civic freedoms, including the systematic repression of pro-democracy activists & journalists in…
November 08, 2021

ASEAN: Cambodia Chairmanship Should Thoroughly Address Crisis in Myanmar

in News

We, the undersigned organisations, call on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) to increase its effort to address the ongoing human rights crisis in…
November 05, 2021

Sudan: The Human Rights Council must take urgent robust action

in Geneva

UN Human Rights Council – 32nd Special Session on Sudan Delivered by Abdel-Rahman El Mahdi We welcome this Special Session on Sudan. It is…
November 05, 2021

Another Wave of Atrocity Crimes in Chin State UN Security Council Must Act Now to…

We, the undersigned 521 Myanmar, regional and international civil society organizations, call on the UN Security Council to urgently convene a meeting on the…
November 04, 2021

Five reasons why the elections in Nicaragua do not guarantee human rights

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On 7 November 2021, general elections will be held in Nicaragua in the context of a deterioration of the human rights crisis that began…
November 04, 2021

World leaders meet at COP26 but many participants from the frontlines of climate change are…

As world leaders meet at #COP26, barriers for participation have left many participants from the frontlines of the fight against climate change out in…
November 03, 2021

COP26: ‘We need to regenerate ourselves and what we have destroyed’

  Portuguese As the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) gets underway in Glasgow, UK, CIVICUS continues to interview civil…
November 02, 2021

A decline in civic freedoms is anything but ‘silly’

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UK Member of Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s belittling of the CIVICUS Monitor's Watchlist is further evidence of the disregard for civil society and citizen activism…
November 02, 2021

COP26: ‘The global north must remain accountable and committed to tackle climate change’

As the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) gets underway in Glasgow, UK, CIVICUS continues to interview civil society activists,…
November 01, 2021

COP26: ‘Decision-makers have national objectives whereas the issues at stake are transnational’

As the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) takes place in Glasgow, UK between 31 October and 12 November 2021,…
November 01, 2021

India: Human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj spends another birthday in detention

🇮🇳#India: Today human rights lawyer & activist Sudha Bharadwaj will celebrate her 60th birthday in prisonShe was arrested on fabricated charges 3 years ago…
October 29, 2021

The International Community Must Support and Protect Palestinian Civil Society

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بالعربية As a group of 242 regional and international organisations, we express our full solidarity with Palestinian civil society and human rights defenders as…
October 29, 2021

ECUADOR: ‘Civil society must highlight the added value of its participation’

CIVICUS speaks with Estefanía Terán, advocacy director of Grupo FARO, about the role of organised civil society in Ecuador's presidential elections and the challenges…
October 29, 2021

Hongkong: Civic space deteriorates as another civil society group plans closure

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#HongKong: The closure of @amnesty & other civil society groups highlights the devastating impact of the draconian #NationalSecurityLaw on #civicspace. The int'l community must…
October 28, 2021

Call to action to protect the democratic transition and human rights in Sudan

in Geneva

A military coup targeting the civilian government in Sudan took place on Monday 25 October 2021. The African Union suspended Sudan’s membership. The Chairperson…