May 26, 2022

Ethiopia: Civil society calls for the immediate release of detained journalists

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Global civil society alliance CIVICUS calls on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately release 11 journalists and media workers arrested and detained since May 19…
May 26, 2022

Guinea: Civil society calls for the lifting of a ban on assemblies

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The decision made by Guinea's transitional authorities to ban public demonstrations in public spaces for the duration of the transitional period seeks to undermine…
May 25, 2022

LEBANON: ‘The political youth movement was a major pillar of the opposition to the ruling…

CIVICUS speaks about the recent general election in Lebanon with Marwan Issa, research assistant with the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at…
May 23, 2022

Madagascar: Drop all charges against environmental rights defender Jeannot Randriamanana

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Ahead of the next appeals hearing in the case involving Malagasy environmental human rights defender Jeannot Randriamanana scheduled for 14 June 2022, the global…
May 23, 2022

LEBANON: ‘This election has brought to the forefront new voices speaking about rights’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent general elections in Lebanon with Lina Abou Habib, director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at…
May 23, 2022

The DRC: CIVICUS calls for the immediate release of journalists Patrick Lola and Christian Bofaya

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CIVICUS calls on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities to immediately release journalists and activists Patrick Lola and Christian Bofaya, arrested for…
May 20, 2022

PHILIPPINES: ‘We fear the democracy those before us fought so hard for will be erased’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent presidential election in the Philippines with Marinel Ubaldo, a young climate activist, co-founder of the Youth Leaders for Environmental…
May 20, 2022

Eritrea: Extend the UN Special Rapporteur mandate and enshrine his “benchmarks for progress”

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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland) Excellencies, Ahead of the UN Human Rights…
May 20, 2022

India: Chronology of harassment against human rights defender Khurram Parvez

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Human rights defender Khurram Parvez, 44, is the Programme Coordinator of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) which is a coalition…
May 19, 2022

Sudan: Ensure continued public debates on the human rights situation

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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland) Excellencies, Following the military coup of…
May 19, 2022

INDONESIA: ‘The Sexual Violence Bill is one step further in claiming the rights of women…

CIVICUS speaks with Nuril Qomariyah, coordinator of Perempuan Bergerak, about the Sexual Violence Bill recently passed in Indonesia and the key roles played by…
May 19, 2022

Algeria: Global Campaign urges authorities to lift restrictions on civic space

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CIVICUS joins 37 other organisations today in announcing a 10-day campaign against the increasing government repression of individuals and groups defending human rights in…
May 18, 2022

Chad: Respect the right to protest and release detained activists

The use of violence to disperse recent protests in Chad and the arrests and detention of members of civil society and the political opposition…
May 18, 2022

PANDEMIC TREATY: ‘States hold a shared responsibility to keep the world safe and must be…

CIVICUS speaks with Dame Barbara M Stocking about the need to develop a new pandemic treaty anchored in solidarity, transparency, accountability and equity. Barbara…
May 17, 2022

South Africa: Urgent calls for the government to act against rising killings of HRDs

CIVICUS and Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) call on the South African government to urgently denounce the ongoing killings of human rights…
May 16, 2022

India: Hijab row the latest show of Hindu nationalism

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By Inés M. Pousadela, Senior Researcher at CIVICUS In an election season, India’s ruling party has again resorted to the right-wing populist playbook, stirring…
May 16, 2022

NIGERIA: ‘The federal government and ASUU at some point made it feel like our education…

CIVICUS speaks with Benedicta Chisom about the current student mobilisation that is calling on Nigeria’s government to respond to teachers’ demands and end the…
May 16, 2022

Cambodia Should Scrap Rights-Abusing National Internet Gateway

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We, the following 32 human rights organisations, call on the Cambodian authorities to revoke the Sub-Decree on the Establishment of the National Internet Gateway…
May 13, 2022

NIGERIA: ‘The government is more willing to negotiate with terrorists than with striking teachers’

CIVICUS speaks with Olorunfemi Adeyeye about the current student mobilisation that is calling on Nigeria’s government to respond to teachers’ demands and end the…
May 12, 2022

INDIA: ‘We have achieved a historic labour rights win for female Dalit workers’

CIVICUS speaks about a recent labour rights victory in India’s garment industry with Jeeva M, General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Textile and Common…
May 12, 2022

Mexico: Criminalisation and arbitrary detention of the human rights defender Kenia Hernández

To: Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador  President of the United Mexican States  Dr Adán Augusto  Interior Minister   Ms. Evelyn Salgado Pineda Constitutional Governor of…
May 12, 2022

Thailand’s abusive draft law on not-for-profit organizations

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  The White House Washington, DC    Dear President Biden,  We, the undersigned non-profit organisations, are writing to express our…
May 12, 2022

Sri Lanka: Security forces must exercise restraint and protect the right to protest

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CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, calls on Sri Lankan security forces to refrain from using excessive force and prevent further deaths and injuries…
May 11, 2022

INDIA: ‘Muslim girls are being forced to choose between education and the hijab’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent ban on the hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women, in educational institutions in the Indian state of Karnataka…
May 11, 2022

ASEAN: Decision on humanitarian assistance on Myanmar must include all related parties

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Decision on humanitarian assistance on Myanmar must include all related parties to avoid aid weaponisation by the junta We, the 765 undersigned Myanmar regional…
May 10, 2022

HONDURAS: ‘We must address the roots of the conflict: the handing over of natural resources’

CIVICUS speaks about the criminalisation of environmental, land and territorial defenders in Honduras with Edy Tábora, director of the law firm Justicia para los Pueblos…
May 09, 2022

KENYA: ‘The denial of resources for civic education has been a massive blow for civil…

CIVICUS speaks about the upcoming elections in Kenya with Paul Okumu, head of the Secretariat of the Africa Platform (AP). AP is a pan-African…
May 09, 2022

INDIA: ‘An effective civil society is essential for advancing human rights’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent ban on the hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women, in educational institutions in the Indian state of Karnataka…
May 09, 2022

Sri Lanka: Economic Meltdown Sparks Mass Protests

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By Andrew Firmin, Editor-in-Chief at CIVICUS Economic crisis has provoked a great wave of protests in Sri Lanka. People are demanding the resignation of the…
May 09, 2022

MYANMAR: ASEAN must move beyond consensus in facilitating cross-border humanitarian aid

In the lead up to the high-level meeting on ASEAN humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, civil society organisations voiced their grave concerns in a webinar…
May 05, 2022

INDIA: ‘The hijab ban is just another tool used by right-wing politicians to remain in…

CIVICUS speaks about the recent ban on the hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women, in educational institutions in the Indian state of Karnataka…
April 30, 2022

AFGHANISTAN: ‘Our fight for accountability has become a thousand times harder under the Taliban’

CIVICUS speaks with Horia Mosadiq, an Afghan women human rights defender (HRD) and founder of Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO). SRMO aims to…
April 29, 2022

UZBEKISTAN: ‘Advocacy for labour and human rights is a marathon, not a sprint’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent civil society victory in eliminating state-imposed forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry with Allison Gill, a human rights lawyer…
April 29, 2022

El Salvador: Stop attacks on civil society and civic freedoms

Government extends a state of emergency with unprecedented mass arrests and restrictions on civic rights.
April 27, 2022

Myanmar: Regional bloc must move beyond the failed consensus

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One year on, since adopting the Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member states have not achieved…
April 26, 2022

Outcomes from the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council

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The 49th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC49) ended on 1 April with 35 resolutions adopted by its 47 member states on a…