May 25, 2020

Egypt: open letter calling for an independent investigation into the death of Shady Habash

Arabic CIVICUS, together with more than 60 organisations, calls for an open and independent investigation into the jailing and death of filmmaker hady Habash. 
May 21, 2020

To face COVID-19, the human rights community must first protect its own workers

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By Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS This crisis should be a wakeup call to all of us in civil society to strengthen social…
May 15, 2020

Undercurrents: Protecting workers during COVID-19

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Discussion between Lysa John and Agnes Frimston for Chatham House Undercurrent podcast  In this week's episode of Chatham House's podcast Undercurrents, Lysa John, Secretary General…
May 15, 2020

Judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammed Ismail persists amid pandemic

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The Pakistan authorities must halt their judicial harassment of human rights defender Muhammed Ismail and his wife Uzlifat Ismail and drop all charges against…
May 11, 2020

Bangladesh: Stifling expression using Digital Security Act must not be the norm to address COVID-19…

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    A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission and CIVICUS The Bangladesh government has resorted once again to its notorious Digital…
May 11, 2020

Free Saudi Activists commemorating 2-year anniversary of the Saudi government’s arrest & torture of WHRDs

On 15 May, Free Saudi Activists, a coalition of women human rights defenders and organisations advocating for the release of women’s rights activists from…
May 08, 2020

Cuba: Statement against the application of Decree Law 370 and Limits On Freedom of Expression

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A total of 47 human rights organisations and independent press media denounce the violation of fundamental human rights caused by the application in Cuba…
May 08, 2020

Eritrea: Extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur

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Joint Letter To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council  At the 41st session of the UN…
May 06, 2020

'Can job security be guaranteed?' Interview with Lysa John

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Interview with Lysa John about why protecting workers during the COVID-19 crisis is crucial. As the COVID-19 pandemic advances around the world, the threat of…
May 06, 2020

Anti-corruption and the role of civil society in monitoring IMF emergency funding

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99 civil society organizations have urged the IMF to consistently and formally include anti-corruption measures in its COVID-19 pandemic-related emergency funding and take concrete…
May 04, 2020

Yemen: Over 150 NGOs appeal for death sentences of four journalists to be overturned

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Arabic Organisations which support human rights, press freedom and journalists are calling on United Nations mechanisms and member states to help save the lives…
May 01, 2020

#FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention

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We, the undersigned civil society organizations, lawyers, journalists, and activists, urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa Abdel Fattah, our courageous…
May 01, 2020

Joint statement on the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Statement by 11 NGOs ahead of informal discussion with the UN Special Procedures and UN Member States on the COVID-19 Pandemic We thank the…
May 01, 2020

Future of Civil Society Organisations

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The COVID-19 pandemic can re-energise the demands of civil society organisations to put people at the heart of the changes we need: to protect the…
April 29, 2020

World Press Freedom Day: The assault on media freedom in Asia worsens during COVID-19 pandemic

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By Josef Benedict, civic space researcher at CIVICUS May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day around the world. During this COVID-19 pandemic, a robust media environment…
April 28, 2020

Fit for the future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis?

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By Lysa John (CIVICUS), Chris Worman (TechSoup) and Benjamin Bellegy (WINGS) It seems ironic that only a few months ago, we were celebrating 2019 as the…
April 27, 2020

On World Press Freedom Day, the EU must rescue media independence in Hungary before it’s…

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By Aarti Narsee, civic space research officer at CIVICUS Censorship, smear campaigns and harassment. These are just some of the daily struggles that media…
April 27, 2020

MALAYSIA: ‘Migrants are amongst the first to be victimised and discriminated during the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks to Adrian Pereira, the Executive Director of North South Initiative (NSI), about the situation of migrant workers in Malaysia amid the COVID-19…
April 24, 2020

Open letter to donors: 'Accelerate your commitments' during COVID-19

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This is an open letter from representatives of NEAR, Civicus, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.  Dear international donors, It is time to join up…
April 22, 2020

Reimagining a post-COVID world: Key principles for the future

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS Today, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives and livelihoods in wholly unanticipated ways, testing the…
April 22, 2020

Civil Society Calls for Urgent Release of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons

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Arabic As we mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year, Palestinian prisoners and detainees face the additional threat of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Israeli…
April 16, 2020

We are in this together, don’t violate human rights while responding to COVID-19

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Arabic As governments are undertaking extraordinary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, we recognise and commend the efforts states are making to manage…
April 09, 2020

Urgent call to release 19 detained members of the LGBTI community in Uganda

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CIVICUS calls on the Ugandan authorities to release 19 members of the LGBTI community who have been arrested on trumped up charges, under the…
April 07, 2020

Protecting our co-workers during COVID-19: A Social Security Protocol for Civil Society

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Arabic We have a responsibility to act decisively to protect our co-workers from adverse health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This…
April 06, 2020

India: Arbitrarily detained Kashmiri prisoners must be freed 

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While recent steps taken by Indian authorities to decongest prisons in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are welcome, the Government…
April 06, 2020

Cambodia and COVID19: State of Emergency draft law will put civic freedoms at further risk

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Cambodia and COVID19: State of Emergency draft law will put civic freedoms and human rights defenders further at risk CIVICUS, FORUM-ASIA, Frontline Defenders and Civil…
April 01, 2020

POLAND: ‘People are more understanding and supportive of LGBTQI+ issues than politicians’

  Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences…
March 26, 2020

Letter from Jail: West Papuan activists speak about their prosecution in Indonesia

CIVICUS has received letters from Dano Anes Tabuni and Charles Kossay around their arrest and detention. Political activists Dano Anes Tabuni, Charles Kossay, Ambrosius…
March 26, 2020

COVID-19: Urgent measures must be taken by MENA governments to protect the prison population

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Arabic In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak—qualified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)—we, the…
March 25, 2020

Outcomes from the UN Human Rights Council...to be continued

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 43rd Session, which was scheduled to run from 24 Feb – 20 March, was…
March 24, 2020

CIVICUS: States should put human rights at the centre of all responses to COVID-19

During the global COVID-19 pandemic states should not impose emergency law as a pretext to restrict civic rights Human rights defenders and political prisoners…
March 24, 2020

G20: Hundreds of civil society organisations pledge to avoid Saudi Arabia-led process

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بالعربية More than 220 civil society organizations from around the world have  voiced their concerns over the G20 civil society engagement process hosted by…
March 23, 2020

The G20 must put human rights at the heart of its response to COVID-19 pandemic

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In the COVID-19 outbreak, the global community is facing one of the most challenging crises for decades. As of mid-March 2020 more than 200,000…
March 19, 2020

Open letter: Donors and supporters must act to ensure civil society resilience against COVID-19 pandemic

Dear civil society donors and supporters, As the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, civil society organisations across the world are taking proactive…