September 17, 2021

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ‘The mining company must address its human rights and environmental legacy’

CIVICUS speaks with Keren Adams, Legal Director of the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC), about the victory recently obtained in holding the British-Australian mining…
September 15, 2021

UN must address crises in Afghanistan and Cambodia, and commit to strengthening equal participation

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Madame President. We welcome that the High…
September 15, 2021

INNOVATION: ‘Conventional human rights structures and practices may no longer be optimal or sufficient’

CIVICUS speaks with Edwin Rekosh, co-founder and managing partner of Rights CoLab, about the effects on civil society of the emergence of digital infrastructures…
September 14, 2021

9/11’s legacy: How anti-terrorism laws have become anti-human rights laws

in Op-Eds

By Kgalalelo Gaebee, Communications Officer at CIVICUS & David Kode, Advocacy and Campaigns Lead for CIVICUS As the global community commemorates the two decades…
September 14, 2021

Cambodia Human Rights Crisis: The UN Human Rights Council Should Act Now

in Geneva

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council The undersigned civil society organizations are writing to draw your attention to…
September 14, 2021

Ethiopia: Serious human rights violations and possible war crimes continue in Tigray

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia Delivered by…
September 13, 2021

Myanmar: Urgent need to ensure accountability and justice for crimes against humanity

in Geneva

Statement at the 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue on report of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar Delivered by Lisa Majumdar…
September 13, 2021

Open appeal to UN Member States to ensure the adoption of a resolution creating an…

in Geneva

We, the undersigned organisations, write to urge UN Member States to ensure the adoption of a robust resolution to establish a Fact-Finding Mission or…
September 09, 2021

Advocacy priorities at the 48th Session of UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The 48th Session of the UN Human Rights Council will sit from 13 September - 08 October, 2021 and there are a number of critical…
September 09, 2021

TANZANIA: ‘What is needed is a new constitution reflecting the will of the people’

CIVICUS speaks about the prospects for democratic change under a new president in Tanzania with Maria Sarungi Tsehai, a communications expert and founder of…
September 09, 2021

Afghanistan: Assault on peaceful protests highlight deteriorating space for civic freedoms

in News

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns the excessive use of force and arbitrary arrests by Taliban security forces as they crack down on protests…
September 08, 2021

Burundi: The Human Rights Council should continue its scrutiny and pursue its work towards justice…

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Excellencies,   At the 45th session…
September 08, 2021

Both protests & restrictions surge during the pandemic

The CIVICUS Monitor has produced a fourth installment of research on the state of civil liberties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest research brief…
September 02, 2021

It’s time to change the future of funding for youth action

in Op-Eds

By Vanessa Stevens, Elisa Novoa, Freya Seath, and Sonya Friel This year’s International Youth Day provided an opportunity to recognize how young people have endured…
September 01, 2021

Honduras: After two years in pre-trial detention, release arbitrarily detained Guapinol human rights defenders

in News

🇭🇳#Honduras: Today marks 2 years since the pre-trial detention of the #GuapinolWaterDefenders for defending their land, water & environment. In this statement, we call…
September 01, 2021

Thailand: Concerns regarding the right to peaceful assembly

  1 September 2021 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha Royal Thai Government 1 Pitsanulok road Dusit, Bangkok  Thailand Re: Concerns regarding the right to peaceful…
August 31, 2021

Over 390 orgs urge Australian government to protect Afghan civil society

More than 390 civil society organisations from over 60 countries call on the government of Australia and other governments to ease travel requirements and…
August 30, 2021

Uganda: End Repression of civil society

🇺🇬#Uganda: A clampdown on civil society has led to the suspension of 54 NGOs, including orgs that work on:🔴Human rights🟡Environment🔵Religious issues🟢DemocracyWe have written to…
August 27, 2021

JAMAICA: ‘After 20 years of advocacy, now there is sustained public conversation around LGBTQI+ rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Karen Lloyd, Associate Director of J-FLAG, about the situation of LGBTQI+ rights in Jamaica and the significance of a recent report…
August 26, 2021

UNITED KINGDOM: ‘The government is set on hiding from accountability and scrutiny’

CIVICUS speaks to Sam Grant, Head of Policy and Campaigns for Liberty, a UK civil society organisation, about the introduction of the Police, Crime,…
August 26, 2021

Afghanistan: Disappointing Human Rights Council Resolution a major blow for human rights

in Geneva

🇺🇳🇦🇫The UN Human Rights Council has failed the people of #Afghanistan. New resolution does little to guarantee accountability for human rights violations. Member States…
August 25, 2021

COLOMBIA: ‘Young people experience a feeling of wanting to change everything’

CIVICUS speaks about the protests that began in Colombia in April 2021, triggered by proposed tax increases, with a young social and human rights…
August 24, 2021

Uganda: Lift restrictions on NGOs and respect freedom of assembly and expression

in News

🇺🇬#Uganda: The closure & suspension of over 50 #NGOs is a new low for human rights in a country with a history of severe…
August 24, 2021

Myanmar: Activists behind bars

in News

Following the February 2021 military coup, thousands in Myanmar have been arbitrarily arrested, detained, and attacked including human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists, political…
August 23, 2021

ECUADOR: ‘Women’s rights have experienced an emergency situation since well before the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks with Virginia Gómez de la Torre, president of Fundación Desafío, about the progress made and the challenges remaining in the area of…
August 23, 2021

COLOMBIA: ‘Those who demonstrate put their integrity and their lives at risk’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Colombia with a group of members of the Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners Foundation (FCSPP) and the…
August 19, 2021

HONDURAS: ‘The ruling of the Inter-American Court marks a before and after for LGBTQI+ people’

CIVICUS speaks with Indyra Mendoza, founder and general coordinator of Red Lésbica Cattrachas (Cattrachas Lesbian Network), a lesbian feminist organisation dedicated to defending the…
August 18, 2021

Zambia: New government must lift restrictions on civil liberties

in News

🇿🇲#Zambia: We urge President @HHichilema to undertake commitments for a bold human rights agenda & revive civil liberties. The President must fulfill promises made…
August 18, 2021

Afghanistan: UN and Member States must take urgent steps to protect civil society

🇦🇫#Afghanistan: UN & Member States must take urgent steps to protect civil society in the country. The #Taliban have already begun carrying out raids…
August 16, 2021

Pakistan: Three years on, Prime Minister Imran Khan has overseen an assault on civic freedoms

in News

Three years after Imran Khan took office as Pakistan’s Prime Minister in August 2018, global civil society alliance CIVICUS has documented an ongoing assault…
August 12, 2021

ZAMBIA: ‘Electoral practices seen so far do not indicate good lessons for the region’

CIVICUS speaks to McDonald Chipenzi, Executive Director of the Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services (GEARS) Initiative and Chair of the NGO Council in Zambia,…
August 11, 2021

Zambia: Guarantee human rights for all during elections period

🇿🇲#Zambia: Ahead of tomorrow's national elections, we are calling on President @EdgarLungu to guarantee the rights of all Zambians and refrain from shutting down…
August 09, 2021

CIVICUS stands with indigenous peoples and calls for a new social contract

in News

#IndigenousDay: Across the world, indigenous peoples continue to face marginalisation & exclusion. Moreover, those seeking to protect their lands, natural resources, & rights are…
August 06, 2021

MYANMAR: “Nearly everyone detained tells us they were beaten”

CIVICUS speaks to Manny Maung, Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), about the human rights situation in Myanmar. Manny was previously a journalist…
August 05, 2021

Nicaragua: One month later, Medardo Mairena Sequeira still behind bars

3 months ahead of the Presidential elections, authorities in 🇳🇮#Nicaragua have arbitrarily detained several opposition leaders & activists. Among the detained is presidential candidate…