civil society

Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges

Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of “groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that “vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices”.  

Attacks on journalists are attacks on all civil society: UN rights chief

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged all countries to do more to protect journalists, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as their work helps save lives.

Reforming prisons is about leaving no one behind, says Nigerian musician Lambo

Nigerian musician Lambo raises money to bring music therapy programs to youth prisons, through his NGO SALT (Saving All lives Together).

Conor Lennon from UN News met Yinka at the event, and asked him why he is so passionate about the subject.

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UN and civil society team up to make cities more sustainable and inclusive

How can we make sure that cities become more inclusive, with a smaller environmental footprint, and leave no-one behind? These questions will be tackled at the UN Civil Society Conference, which is due to take place in the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, at the end of August.

#UNSGcandidates promotes public input in process for new UN chief

The race is on for the new UN Secretary-General and for the first time in the organization’s 70 years of existence people everywhere can get involved.

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Lawful civil society groups ‘are not enemies of democracy, but key allies,’ says UN expert

United Nations human rights expert Ben Emmerson today urged governments across the world to ensure that civil society be included in global, co-ordinated efforts to counter the spread of terrorism.

“Amazing and unexpected news” of Nobel Peace award

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to a quartet of Tunisian organizations has been described by the UN in the North African country as amazing and unexpected.

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Governments reminded that democracies need strong civil society

Discussions about gender equality must not be isolated from discussions about democracy and civil society.

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UN expert calls on countries to strengthen protection of civil society voices, whistleblowers

A United Nations independent expert today urged Governments worldwide to provide adequate protection to members of civil society, including whistleblowers, and ensure transparency in their decision-making processes.