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…
January 13, 2021

Uganda: Egregious measures threaten free and fair elections

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🇺🇬🗳️President @KagutaMuseveni has ruled #Uganda for 35 years. Ahead of tomorrow's elections (#UgandaDecides2021), the authorities have undertaken an unprecedented campaign to silence dissent. We…
January 12, 2021

What is the Health of SDG Targets on Civic Freedoms after 2020?

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By Emily Standfield, Data Volunteer with CIVICUS & Matthew Reading-Smith, Communications Coordinator at CIVICUS The events of 2020 accelerated the decline of civic freedoms.…
January 07, 2021

Hong Kong: Crackdown on democratic freedoms continues with mass arrests

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns the mass arbitrary arrests in Hong Kong this week in an unprecedented crackdown on democratic freedoms and calls…
December 23, 2020

Poland: concerns over intimidation, violence and detentions of peaceful protesters

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Joint letter to: Clement Voule, UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Assembly and Association Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human…
December 22, 2020

Fundamental civic rights have deteriorated across Africa in 2020 - CIVICUS report finds

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Advocacy and Campaigns Head at CIVICUS David Kode explains to SABC News the several drivers of civic space violations in Africa including mass protests…
December 17, 2020

USA Downgraded as Civil Liberties Deteriorate Across the Americas

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By Débora Leão, Civic Space Researcher at CIVICUS and Suraj K. Sazawal, co-author of ‘Civil Society Under Strain’ Since May, the CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform…
December 17, 2020

People power under attack as world celebrates International Human Rights Day

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By Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at CIVICUS The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 72 years old, but still the civil, political, economic,…
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 14, 2020

Africa: Civic rights were eroded across Africa in 2020

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By Sylvia Mbataru and Ine Van Severen, Civic Space Researchers at CIVICUS Fundamental civic rights, including freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression, deteriorated across Africa…
December 10, 2020

Cuba: release detained protesters and stop harassment of rights activists and their organisations

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Hoy, en el #DiaDeLosDerechosHumanos hacemos un llamamiento a las autoridades cubanas para detener la represión de los artivistas que reclaman sus derechos civiles y…
December 08, 2020

11 countries downgraded in new global report on civic freedoms

Civic freedoms are under severe attack around the world. New #PeoplePower2020 report launched today shows where civil society conditions are improving and getting worse…
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…
December 01, 2020

Civil society fights back as smears and vilification intensify

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By Andrew Firmin and Inés Pousadela The pattern is now clear. In country after country, those who seek to limit rights attack civil society.…
November 30, 2020

Algeria: European Parliament calls for action on human rights and expresses solidarity with demonstrators

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Arabic The European Parliament’s second urgency resolution on Algeria in a year is an important step and should be followed by stronger public action…
November 27, 2020

India: Human rights body must raise concerns over crackdown

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To: Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) H.L. Dattu Chairperson National Human Rights Commission of India New Delhi Email: Re: Request to raise serious concerns over…
November 26, 2020

Women’s rights defenders must be immediately and unconditionally released!

Arabic Letter by civil society organisations calling for the release of Saudi women's rights defenders
November 26, 2020

16 Rights Groups Raise Bahrain Human Rights Concerns with Formula One

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Rights watchdogs tell F1 leaders to use their leverage to compensate victims of abuse & ensure right to protest ahead of two Grand Prix…
November 25, 2020

Thailand: Government must respect and protect the rights of demonstrators

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We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Thai police’s unnecessary and excessive use of force against peaceful protesters marching to the national parliament in Bangkok…
November 25, 2020

Women’s groups fight back as gender-based violence surges during the pandemic

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By Inés Pousadela Barely weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns arose about the safety of women trapped indoors with their abusers, and data showing spikes in…
November 25, 2020

16 Days of Activism - Women in Solidarity during COVID-19

16 Days of Activism, running annually from 25 November to 10 December, comes at the end of a year that saw a global pandemic…
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…
November 24, 2020

Polish authorities must stop persecuting and intimidating protesters

#Poland: Authorities must stop persecuting & intimidating protesters, including minors, who are protesting over the near-total #abortionban in Poland.The EU must step up and…
November 24, 2020

Morocco: End intimidation and harassment campaign against rights defender Maati Monjib

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The undersigned civil society organisations call on the Moroccan authorities to immediately end their intimidation and harassment campaign against academic and human rights defender…
November 17, 2020

Sri Lanka: A year after Presidential elections, civic freedoms under increasing assault

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A year on from the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of Sri Lanka, global civil society alliance CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the…
November 13, 2020

UGANDA: ‘No candidate can possibly win the election without young people’s votes’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ndifuna, Executive Director of Justice Access Point-Uganda (JAP). Established in 2018, JAP aims to kickstart, reignite and invigorate justice efforts…
November 11, 2020

Algeria: Free Amazigh and Hirak activist in prison for exercising his freedom of opinion

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بالعربية On 11 November, the court of Khenchela (eastern Algeria) is expected to hear activist Yacine Mebarki's appeal, following his sentencing on 8 October…
November 06, 2020

SOUTH KOREA: ‘North Korean defectors and activists face increasing pressure to stay silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, a legal analyst with the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), a Seoul-based civil society organisation (CSO) founded by…
November 05, 2020

CIVICUS report documents how states need civil society as second wave of COVID-19 hits worldwide

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By Inés Pousadela, Senior Research Specialist and Andrew Firmin Editor-in-Chief at CIVICUS Covid-19 has unleashed a multi-dimensional, once-in-a-generation crisis. As the virus swept the globe,…
November 05, 2020

States must partner with civil society as second wave of COVID-19 hits countries

  NEW ANALYSIS: 'SOLIDARITY IN THE TIMES OF #COVID19: Civil Society Responses to the Pandemic' highlights the irreplaceable role of activists, NGOs & grassroots…
November 03, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Honduras to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) and the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (ASONOG) call on UN member states to urge…
November 03, 2020

ITALY: ‘The Sardines movement is all about building self-confidence in the progressive side of politics’

CIVICUS speaks to Andrea Garreffa, one of the founders of the Sardines movement (Movimento delle Sardine), a grassroots political movement that began in November…
November 03, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Malawi to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS, the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) call on UN member states to…
November 02, 2020

Upcoming UN review critical moment for Maldives to address civic freedom gaps

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CIVICUS and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) call on UN member states to urge the Government of the Maldives to…