July 17, 2018

‘We are an activist group that seeks to restore faith in democracy’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
July 13, 2018

‘People have power, even if they don’t usually feel like they do’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
July 12, 2018

CIVICUS Joint UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

in Geneva

Submissions on civil society space– Afghanistan, Chile, Eritrea, Macedonia, Vietnam & Yemen CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)…
July 11, 2018

Why the Human Rights Council matters to grassroots activists

in Op-Eds

Ten good reasons for the #US to leave the UN Human Rights Council. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. (there…
July 10, 2018

‘Cuando los migrantes son ciudadanos de segunda, se degrada la democracia’

English En vistas de la publicación del Informe 2018 sobre el Estado de la Sociedad Civil, que girará en torno del tema “Reimaginar la…
July 10, 2018

Rights Groups: Latest arrests part of government campaign to silence activists

in News

CIVICUS & @karapatan call for immediate & unconditional release of all detained #humanrights defenders & development workers, & for authorities to investigate & prosecute…
July 09, 2018

Outcomes & reflections from UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council End of Session Joint Civil Society Statement Our organisations welcome the adoption of the resolutions on civil…
July 05, 2018

Wanted: Strong UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

in Geneva

38th Session Human Rights Council Joint Statement* We want to highlight key features for the next High Commissioner – one of the world’s premier human…
July 05, 2018

Your Questions Answered at UN Security Council

Today I asked President of the UN Security Council Olof Skoog on behalf of @CIVICUSalliance member @Awwad_Nouhad what the council is doing to protect…
July 04, 2018

What's the status of the Sustainable Development Goals? UN & civil society annual meeting

The 2018 High Level Political Forum will be held at UN headquarters in New York from Monday 9 to Wednesday 18 July. At the annual forum,…
July 02, 2018

Mexico’s elections: The battle at the ballot box, the easiest one ahead

in Op-Eds

By Inés Pousadela  In a study released earlier this month, researchers from El Colegio de México (Colmex) were emphatic about what they found to…
July 02, 2018

JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE DE LA JEUNESSE 2018: 'A travers les arts et l'imagination'

in News

Ré-imaginer la démocratie: à la recherche de voix réduites au silence   Appel Johannesburg, 3 juillet 2018 - Que signifie la démocratie pour vous?…
July 02, 2018

DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA JUVENTUD 2018: 'A través de las artes y la imaginación'

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Re-imaginar la democracia: en busca de voces silenciadas   Convocatoria Johannesburgo, 3 de julio de 2018 - ¿Qué significa para ti la democracia? ¿Cómo…
July 02, 2018

2018 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘Through Arts and Imagination’

in News

Re-Imagining Democracy: in search of silenced voices   Call for Submissions Johannesburg, 3 July 2018 – What does democracy mean to you? How are…
June 29, 2018

Tanzania’s Illiberal Tilt

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire  Immediately after his 2015 election, Tanzanian President John Magufuli appeared poised to lead one of Africa’s most stable democracies to a…
June 29, 2018

Burundi at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of Burundi  Mr. President, DefendDefenders and CIVICUS take note of the government’s…
June 28, 2018

Serbia at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of the Republic of Serbia   The Human Rights House Belgrade (Lawyer’s Committee…
June 28, 2018

Israel at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of Israel Mr. President, this is a joint statement by the Palestinian…
June 28, 2018

United Arab Emirates at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Adoption of the UPR report of the United Arab Emirates  The Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the…
June 28, 2018

UN NGO Committee Consultations

On Friday 22nd June 2018, the UN NGO Committee convened consultations with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations. The consultations,…
June 28, 2018

France at UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of Universal Periodic Review Report

in Geneva

In our Universal Periodic Review submission, we documented that since its last review, France only partially implemented one of the two recommendations it received relating…
June 28, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: Civic space in Eritrea

in Geneva

38th Session of UN Human Rights Council Dialogue with UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea On behalf of CIVICUS, Reporters without Borders, the Eritrean Movement…
June 27, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: Civic Space in Egypt, Tanzania and Vietnam

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   General Debate – civic space in Egypt, Tanzania and Vietnam CIVICUS is concerned about the situation…
June 27, 2018

‘#MeToo is a feminist movement and feminism perfects democracy’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
June 27, 2018

CIVICUS Announces Leadership transition

in News

It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that the CIVICUS Board of Directors announces that Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah will be stepping down from his…
June 25, 2018

Corruption in Zambia: 42 fire trucks for $42m

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire and Laura Miti The African Union (AU) will host a heads of state summit in Mauritania on June 25, under the…
June 22, 2018

Nepal government must halt efforts to curtail civil society organisations

in News

A new proposed policy by the government of Nepal would further curtail the work of international and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the…
June 21, 2018

Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

in News

President Muhammadu Buhari Aso Villa, Yakubu Gowon Crescent,  The Three Arms Zone, Asokoro,  Abuja, FTC, Nigeria Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, We at the Committee…
June 21, 2018

Civil Society Responses to US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council

in News

Following the announcement of the United States withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a number of civil society organisations with offices…
June 19, 2018

Response to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights update

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   Update of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  CIVICUS welcomes the High Commissioner’s final update…
June 19, 2018

Civic Space and the World Cup

in News

See who SCORES the highest #civicspace rating amongst the 32 countries competing in the #WorldCup: https://t.co/7UI0yx5xpY pic.twitter.com/0hiOjaYuDn — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) June 15, 2018 Football…
June 18, 2018

UN Human Rights Council: New Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

in Geneva

38th Session of the Human Rights Council   Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the  Independent…
June 18, 2018

Incertidumbre en Colombia: La paz en tiempos de elecciones

in Op-Eds

Por Inés Pousadela  Lo que en cualquier democracia “normal” sería considerado un dato rutinario devino recientemente en Colombia un hecho de significación histórica: las…
June 15, 2018

CIVICUS at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 18 June to 6 July 2018, will consider core civic space issues of freedom…
June 14, 2018

‘Democracy is not failing the American people - politicians are’

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
June 13, 2018

Palestine: Israel must end impunity and indiscriminate attacks on protestors

in News

One month after a horrific massacre of protesters in the occupied Palestinian territory, global civil society alliance, CIVICUS is urging accountability for the unacceptably…
June 12, 2018

Nicaragua: Cese de la violencia en contra de los manifestantes pacíficos

in News

Inglés CIVICUS y @CoordinadoraCC exigen al presidente de #Nicaragua el cese inmediato de la violencia contra las protestas pacíficas que se están desarrollando en…
June 12, 2018

Fed up with corruption, civil society organises Malawians to take to the streets

CIVICUS speaks to Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo, a human rights defender and the ex-ecutive director of Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in Malawi.…
June 11, 2018

The Coming Wave of Climate Displacement

in Op-Eds

By Kumi Naidoo Not since 1951 has the international community produced a treaty to protect the legal status of the world's refugees. Now, two…
June 11, 2018

The Irish referendum, an exercise in deliberative democracy

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘Reimagining Democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists,…
June 08, 2018

Civic Space Restrictions in Africa

in Op-Eds

By David Kode Across Africa, major advances in democracy have been affected by restrictions on civic space and on the activities of civil society…
June 07, 2018

China’s growing power is a new challenge for civil society

in Op-Eds

By Andrew Firmin  In one of the world’s most powerful countries, merely wanting to speak your own language can be risky. After spending more…
June 05, 2018

Joint Letter: Restore democratic rule in Thailand

in News

5 June 2018 Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha Government House Pitsanulok Road, Dusit Bangkok 10300, Thailand   Re: Concerns regarding arrest and prosecution of…
May 29, 2018

Eritrea: Extend UN Special Rapporteur mandate, help end generalized impunity

in News

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Excellencies, Ahead of the 38th session of…
May 29, 2018

Police reforms must go beyond IPCMC

in Op-Eds

By Josef Benedict The change of government on May 9 has offered a real opportunity for Malaysians to fix the gaps and problems that…
May 25, 2018

Niger: This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society…

in News

#Niger: This 25 May marks two months in detention of 26 activists and civil society members https://t.co/Y3wM0zG2yv #AfricaDay pic.twitter.com/ealcDXTZtF — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) May 25,…
May 24, 2018

‘People invested in wanting a change’ – civil society and the Malaysia elections

Malaysia’s May election saw the ruling party defeated for the first time in 61 years, amid widespread public anger about corruption. CIVICUS asked Gayathry…
May 22, 2018

Tibetan activist jailed for advocating cultural rights

Tibetan language education activist Tashi Wangchuk jailed for advocating cultural rights https://t.co/4mdie5zjmk pic.twitter.com/v4YTZ3BRxD — CIVICUS (@CIVICUSalliance) May 24, 2018 A Chinese court has sentenced…
May 21, 2018

Gaza: We condemn the killing of Palestinian protesters

in Geneva

Special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem Oral Statement…
May 21, 2018

Police crack down on rare protest in Djibouti

"The use of unnecessary and excessive force during protests or peaceful gatherings in #Djibouti strengthens the prevalent climate of repression in the country" -…
May 21, 2018

Burundians kept in the dark ahead of controversial referendum

in Op-Eds

By David Kode  Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has intensified his brutal campaign to stay in power by stifling international news reporting of his government’s…
May 18, 2018

Silence by the international community gives Israel the green light to continue its human rights…

CIVICUS speaks to Amjad Al Shawi about the disproportionate use of force and extreme violence against peaceful protesters in Gaza and the reasons why…
May 17, 2018

Burundi referendum a blatant violation of its Constitution

Ahead of the controversial referendum scheduled to take place in Burundi on 17 May 2018, CIVICUS speaks to human rights lawyer and civil society…
May 14, 2018

Case of Zambia’s 42-for-42 tests freedom of expression and assembly

On May 17, six Zambia activists, civil society leader’s and a musician will appear before the magistrates in Court 3 in the capital Lusaka.…
May 14, 2018

OPEN CALL for contributions to CIVICUS’ State of Civil Society Report on ‘Reimagining Democracy’

in News

French | Spanish The upcoming CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report, to be published in September 2018, will focus on the special theme of…
May 10, 2018

Tanzania: Civil society groups express concern over rapid decline in human rights

Tanzania: 65 civil society groups call on the Tanzanian Government to address rapidly deteriorating environment for media, human rights defenders and opposition party members #Tanzania:…
May 08, 2018

Reclaiming civic space: global challenges, local responses

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana  From attacks on human rights defenders to limits on civil society’s work, we are facing an emergency on…
May 08, 2018

Why community philanthropy enables people-powered, sustainable development from the ground up

in Op-Eds

By Clara Bosco Across the board, civil society groups are finding it increasingly difficult to organize in ways that pursue a radical transformation of…
May 07, 2018

High Level Intersessional celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela

in Geneva

CIVICUS welcomes this celebratory discussion of a true icon of our times. For an organization headquartered in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela has been for us…
May 07, 2018

2018 points to a new wave of citizen activism

in Op-Eds

By Ines Pousadela When looking back at 2017, it is hard to lose sight of the fact that restrictions on fundamental freedoms were imposed…
May 07, 2018

Steady old hand of repression seeks to strangle new media in East Africa

in Op-Eds

By Teldah Mawarire and Grant Clark  In African countries where journalists are targeted with killings and beatings while traditional news outlets have been muzzled…
May 05, 2018

CIVICUS interview with Malaysia electoral reform coalition, Bersih 2.0

in News

In the lead up to the 14th general elections in Malaysia on 9 May, CIVICUS interviewed the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0…
May 02, 2018

Report: The Fight Back Against Rising Repression in On

in Op-Eds

By Andrew Firmin  In the face of rising restrictions and brazen attacks on fundamental freedoms, citizens across the globe are responding with resolute resistance,…
April 30, 2018

Joint Statement: Dozens killed in Nicaragua by state repression of protests

in News

Spanish STATEMENT / More than 300 national and international NGOs condemn the violent repression of the demonstrations held in Nicaragua against the #INSS reforms:…
April 30, 2018

As global tensions rise, the UN stands on the sidelines

in Op-Eds

By  Mandeep Tiwana It’s tempting to lay the blame for unresolved conflicts at the UN’s door but the reality is that the UN can only…
April 29, 2018

Repression in Paradise: Rule of Law and Fundamental Freedoms Under Attack in The Maldives, says…

Media Release The Government of the Indian Ocean island nation of The Maldives is undermining the rule of law and intensifying a brutal crackdown…
April 26, 2018

Human rights at risk for ASEAN citizens

in Op-Eds

By Ichal Supriadi (Asia Democracy Network) and Josef Benedict (CIVICUS) As the 10 heads of state from ASEAN gather for the group’s latest summit in…
April 25, 2018

Bangladesh: Open Letter to Prime Minister about controversial digital security bill

in News

Conditions for human rights defenders and journalists in Bangladesh are dire, and appear to be worsening according to the CIVICUS Monitor. A declining respect…
April 24, 2018

Why we need a digital Geneva Convention

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah As Western governments look for ways to punish Russia for its brazen attacks abroad, one idea that has been getting a…
April 23, 2018

Maldives: One year later, no justice for Yameen Rasheed

On the anniversary of the killing of the popular Maldivian blogger and social media personality, Yameen Rasheed, Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the…
April 20, 2018

Through Arts and Imagination: 2018 Youth Day Celebration - in search of silenced voices

Youth Arts Contest Seeks Out Silenced Voices to Reimagine Democracy Johannesburg, 18 April 2018 - What kind of country would South Africa be today…
April 19, 2018

European States and US must take measures to protect Egyptian human rights defenders, both home…

The undersigned civil society organisations express their outrage at the latest death threats targeting the Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS),…
April 18, 2018

Djibouti: Reprisals against human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim for his advocacy at the UN…

in Geneva

Johannesburg, 17 April 2018 - DefendDefenders, CIVICUS and the Observatory condemn acts of reprisals against human rights defender Mr. Kadar Abdi Ibrahim ahead of…
April 18, 2018

Somaliland poet’s three-year prison sentence a shameful attack on free expression

The three-year conviction of Somaliland poet and peace activist Nacima Abwaan Qorane this week highlights the increasingly repressive environment in Somaliland for peaceful expression,…
April 17, 2018

Syria’s CSO sector and population buckle under humanitarian crisis

Following the chemical attack in Syria and the subsequent airstrikes on Syria by the United States, United Kingdom and France, CIVICUS interviews a representative…
April 16, 2018

The Commonwealth's 2.4 billion citizens — what are their rights?

in Op-Eds

By Cathal Gilbert and Trinanjan Radhakrishnan There has been a lot of talk of shared values ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting…
April 16, 2018

Civil Society, Resolute Resistance and Renewed Purpose

in Op-Eds

By Mandeep Tiwana Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report, which chronicles major global developments and key trends impacting civil society.…
April 10, 2018

International NGOs should ensure women are at the centre of daily operations

in Op-Eds

By Mouna Ben Garga (CIVICUS) and Ngozi Izuora (Innovation for Change- Hub Afrique) Many states are known for their strategy to exploit women’s rights for…
April 06, 2018

Vietnamese activists jailed after sham trial

in News

The sentencing of the six activists yesterday for peacefully expressing their opinions, illustrates the Vietnam authorities’ utter contempt for freedom of expression, said global…
April 05, 2018

CIVICUS UN Universal Periodic Review submissions on civil society space

in Geneva

CIVICUS and its partners have submitted joint and stand-alone UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submissions on eight countries to the UN Human Rights Council…
April 04, 2018

Filipino activists stand firm after government adds them to list of terrorists

The Philippines government recently listed activists and a UN Special Rapporteur as terrorists and has threatened to pull out of the International Criminal Court.…
March 29, 2018

Joint letter to new Ethiopian Prime Minister on recent arrests of journalists and human rights…

in News

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists…
March 28, 2018

Enhance the process to select new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

in Geneva

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, a coalition of more than 70 civil society organisations has put forward proposals to revitalise and enhance…
March 25, 2018

New UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association

in Geneva

The Civic Space Initiative welcomes Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association,…
March 25, 2018

The deterioration of civic space in Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Statement during the High Commissioner's country briefings CIVICUS is extremely concerned about the spate of attacks…
March 23, 2018

Joint statement on critical topics from 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

Our organisations welcome the adoption of the resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for…
March 23, 2018

The aid sector must enforce standards, rebuild trust to survive abuse scandals

in Op-Eds

By Anabel Cruz, Chair of the Board of CIVICUS Critics are using the recent scandals to delegitimise aid and humanitarian efforts. We, in civil…
March 22, 2018

Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding upcoming elections to the Committee on NGOs

We write to you regarding the upcoming elections to the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs for the 2019-2022 term, which will take place on April…
March 22, 2018

Letter to UN Member States: Civic space restrictions in Cambodia

in Geneva

To Missions of UN Member States (delivered by email on 22 March) We are writing to you with regards to the human rights situation…
March 20, 2018

South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day but major challenges remain

As South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day tomorrow, 21 March 2018, it is an opportunity for the government now led by President Cyril Ramaphosa…
March 20, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Citizen rights in South Korea

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Statement on the adoption of South Korea´s Universal Periodic Review CIVICUS applauds the government of the Republic…
March 20, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Zambia not implementing recommendations on civic space

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Joint Statement on the adoption of Zambia's Universal Periodic Review The Zambia Council for Social Development…
March 19, 2018

Decisive leadership needed from SADC to address DRC crisis

in Op-Eds

By David Kode The announcement of a date for general elections in a country roiled in political conflict and ruled by an unpopular leader…
March 19, 2018

Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

in Op-Eds

By Natalia Taubina and Bobbie Jo Traut The re-election of Vladimir Putin has been preceded by a significant crackdown on freedom of assembly and rule…
March 15, 2018

Citizen rights and the upcoming presidential elections in Africa

in Op-Eds

By David Kode It is a big year for democracy on the African continent. Millions will head to the polls in at least eight…
March 14, 2018

Statement at the UN Human Rights Council: Attacks on civic space in Burundi

in Geneva

Interactive Dialogue with the UN Commission of Inquiry on on Burundi Oral Statement We remain extremely concerned by the grave human rights violations taking…
March 14, 2018

Philippines: Indigenous rights activists at risk after being tagged as ‘terrorists’

The government in the Philippines has officially labelled a number of local indigenous rights activists, as well as a United Nations Special Rapporteur, as…
March 12, 2018

Statement at UN Human Rights Council: Citizen rights in Eritrea

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council  Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Oral Intervention by CIVICUS and DefendDefenders The government…
March 12, 2018

CIVICUS at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

in Geneva

The opening week of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council will commence with the high level segment which will include approximately 99 high…
March 10, 2018

Statement to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights: Countries on the civic space watchlist

in Geneva

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Oral statement at Interactive Dialogue with UN High Commissioner on Human Rights CIVICUS commends the High Commissioner…
March 10, 2018

Statement at the UN Human Rights Council: Global trends on civic space

in Geneva

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Oral statement Across the globe, CIVICUS has observed a pattern of judicial persecution, smear campaigns, threats, intimidation,…
March 08, 2018

It is #TimesUp for sexual harassment, including within civil society

This is a significant time to be calling for greater progress in the fight against gender inequality and sexual abuse.
March 06, 2018

Civil society tackling global challenges with ‘resolute resistance,’ says new report

As 2017 gave way to 2018, many in civil society found renewed purpose in striving to make democracy real, and demanding human dignity and…
March 05, 2018

Statement at Human Rights Council: Threats to civic space

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Restrictions of civic space and threats to human rights defenders is fast spreading in…
March 05, 2018

Why Bahraini rights activists need international support

in Op-Eds

By Tor Hodenfield Last month - specifically, 14 February - marked the seventh anniversary of the peaceful protests that swept across Bahrain in 2011,…
March 01, 2018

CIVICUS at UN Human Rights Council: Human rights challenges in the context of countering terrorism

in Geneva

37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement – Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms…
February 23, 2018

Joint Letter to UN: Strengthen and renew the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights…

in Geneva

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva RE: Renewing and strengthening the mandate of the…
February 21, 2018

Iran: free Baquer Namazi on second anniversary of his arbitrary detention

Two years ago, this week, human rights champion Baquer Namazi was arbitrarily arrested and detained by the authorities as he arrived in Iran to…
February 19, 2018

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children To Take Civic Action and Engage in Open Government

in Op-Eds

By Tor Hodenfield, CIVICUS, and Ulrika Cilliers, Save the Children In 2015, 264 million primary and secondary age children and youth were out of…
February 16, 2018

Another puzzling break-in prompts Uganda CSO to move operations to police station

CIVICUS speaks to Human Rights Awareness and Protection Forum (HRAPF) executive director Adrian Jjuuko (pictured) after their offices were broken into recently. He also…
February 15, 2018

Uganda: CIVICUS condemns another break-in at the office of HRAPF

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS condemns recent attacks on the premises of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) in Uganda which left…
February 14, 2018

Bahrain: On 7th anniversary of beginning of popular movement, NGOs call for end to systematic…

Arabic On the 7th anniversary of the peaceful popular movement of the Bahraini people which started on 14 February 2011, the undersigned NGOs call…
February 14, 2018

‘La presencia de mujeres en espacios de representación política es buena no solo para las…

English En noviembre de 2017 Argentina aprobó una ley de paridad de género con el objeto de garantizar un 50% de representación femenina en…
February 13, 2018

‘Opaque laws, erratic application of rules and lengthy bureaucratic processes cost lives during a humanitarian…

CIVICUS speaks with Jeremy Wellard, Regional Representative for Asia of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is a global civil society network…
February 12, 2018

The two borderless challenges of our time: Migration and climate change

in News

Civil society response to the Zero Draft of the UN´s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration  There are over a quarter billion migrants…
February 12, 2018

‘Invocamos el principio de extraterritorialidad para llamar al Estado chino a rendir cuentas del impacto…

English CIVICUS conversa con las cuatro responsables de la iniciativa regional “Explorando nuevos caminos para la defensa de los derechos humanos frente a las…
February 09, 2018

Maldives: release judges immediately and respect citizens' civic freedoms

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the Voice of Women (VOW) Maldives condemn the ongoing attacks on the Maldivian judiciary, which has included targeting…
February 07, 2018

We believe in citizens taking action on the issues that affect their lives, without needing…

CIVICUS speaks to Katherine Baird, International Projects Manager at the Change.org Foundation, an organisation that envisions a world in which no one is powerless,…
February 04, 2018

Bangladesh: Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill

To The President of Bangladesh, H.E. Md Abdul Hamid The Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, H.E. Kazi Reazul Hoque Subject: Open letter…
January 31, 2018

Honduras: ‘El conflicto generado por la reacción ciudadana contra el fraude puede hacernos perder un…

English A fines de 2017, tras lo que muchos en la sociedad civil percibieron como una elección fraudulenta, estalló la protesta en Honduras. CIVICUS…
January 30, 2018

Afghanistan: CIVICUS stands in solidarity with Save the Children

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS condemns the horrific attack on the office and staff of Save the Children in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan. We stand…
January 30, 2018

‘A diferencia del Brexit, la demanda independentista catalana tiene un componente democratizador’

English CIVICUS conversa sobre la situación en Cataluña con Anaïs Franquesa Griso, abogada penalista especializada en derechos humanos y movimientos sociales y Directora de…
January 25, 2018

Huracán María: ‘La sociedad civil, dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico, vino a llenar el…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 25, 2018

Puerto Rico: ‘Si no incorpora a la sociedad civil, el gobierno no puede enfrentar la…

English El 20 de septiembre de 2017 el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico. Su paso puso en evidencia no solo las fallas de la…
January 24, 2018

Brasil: ‘Na esquerda, as estruturas tradicionais se enfraqueceram ao mesmo tempo que novas formas de…

English Após os muitos protestos vistos no Brasil em 2017, CIVICUS fala com José Henrique Bortoluci, professor do Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de…
January 23, 2018

‘The anti-corruption protests have turned the inhabitants of Romania into a whole new generation of…

CIVICUS speaks to Viorel Micescu, Executive Director of CENTRAS: The Assistance for Non-Governmental Organizations, an independent non-profit organisation aimed at contributing to the development…
January 22, 2018

Five key battles for re-imagining democracy in a radically changed world

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah The challenges facing civil society now aren’t about reviving our weakening democracies—they are about re-imagining democracy for a radically changed world.…
January 22, 2018

‘Democracy is much more than street protest and institutional politics, and Hong Kong people are…

Ahead of the publication of the 2018 State of Civil Society Report on the theme of ‘reimagining democracy’, we are interviewing civil society activists…
January 19, 2018

‘Civil society won the debate on inequality but still needs to win the actual fight…

CIVICUS speaks to Ben Phillips, Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, a growing movement of citizens from across the world uniting to take…
January 18, 2018

United States: ‘Even in challenging times, civil society needs to be proactive in setting the…

CIVICUS speaks to Nick Robinson, a legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and lead of their United States Program. ICNL…
January 17, 2018

Catalonia: ‘It might take years to rebuild the political, social and emotional bridges that the…

Catalonia’s independence movement hit the headlines in 2017, and Catalonia’s future remains undecided. CIVICUS speaks to Francesc Badia i Dalmases, editor of democraciaAbierta, openDemocracy’s…
January 16, 2018

Global challenges, local responses

in Op-Eds

By Danny Sriskandarajah and Mandeep Tiwana We are facing a global emergency of civic space. This is now a universal phenomenon, no longer restricted…
January 16, 2018

Nigeria: ‘If passed, the NGO Bill will reduce the ability of CSOs to hold the…

CIVICUS speaks to Oluseyi Babatunde Oyebisi, Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) about the draconian NGO bill under consideration by Nigerian lawmakers…
January 15, 2018

‘Against hopelessness, we need to work not to lose the very small windows of freedom…

CIVICUS speaks to an Iranian woman human rights defender about the causes and significance of the recent protests in Iran, as well as the…
January 12, 2018

‘There are signs of hope, but we are not waiting with our arms crossed but…

Angola saw a change at the top in 2017, when President José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after a staggering 38 years in power,…
January 11, 2018

‘The idea that a certain group does not belong in a country is instrumental in…

CIVICUS speaks to Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships and senior advisor with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Founded in 1986, PHR…