Reading time: 4 minutes Malawi just swore in its new leader, President Lazarus Chakwera. He won a rerun election, unseating the incumbent, former President Peter Mutharika.  Mutharika had been in office since 2014, two years after his brother, President Bingu Mutharika’s demise in office.  In May 2019, elections were held in Malawi. Sitting President Mutharika was re-elected in an…

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Through writing, translating, and organizing, Lausan builds transnational left solidarity and struggle for ways of life beyond the dictates of capital and the state. To that end, Lausan holds multiple imperialisms to account. Trapped in the inter-imperial rivalry between the US and PRC, Lausan sees Hong Kong as an apt site from which to critique…

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Reading time: 4 minutes The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) defines women human rights defenders as both female human rights defenders, and any other human rights defenders who work in the defence of women’s rights or on gender issues (A/HRC/16/44). Typical challenges faced by WHRDs in East Africa both in urban settlements and grassroot…

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Reading time: 5 minutes How to support racial justice before, during and after a protest, and from afar! There are countless ways to support racial justice and stand in solidarity with black communities during a pandemic. Thousands of protestors have joined the frontlines, while others have supported remotely. Regardless of which approach you take, there are strategic ways to…

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Reading time: 3 minutes The Coronavirus pandemic has enhanced barriers to movement organizing, but it’s also proven how resilient civil resistance is. Despite fragile public health infrastructures and confinement measures, movements and organizers have skillfully redesigned their approaches to strengthen their campaigns and build people power. These methodical shifts are strategic and necessary for a movement’s survival. Not only…

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Reading time: 3 minutes CIVICUS recently published their Protest Resilience Toolkit that reveals findings on protest movements around the world. This resource highlights the activist experience within movements and shares practical recommendations for human rights defenders and other global movements.

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Reading time: 3 minutes On Monday, October 14, 2019, indigenous communities joined to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. Native activists and non-native allies work nationwide to reframe the narrative from colonialism to indigenous cultural heritage and resistance. To further the movement, here is a resource round-up of ten indigenous rights organizations you should know about.  The…

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The Enough Project supports peace and an end to mass atrocities in Africa’s deadliest conflict zones.  Enough counters armed groups, violent regimes and their commercial partners sustained and enriched by corruption, criminal activity, and the trafficking of natural resources. Its activities include conducting research in conflict zones, engaging governments and the private sector on potential…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The work performed by Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s) is formidable. Distress and confrontation are part of human rights work and take its toll on HRD’s mental health. Yet, activists are often expected to be psychologically well-balanced and available around the clock. The International Civil Society Centre is breaking the stigma around talking about HRDs’ psychological…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Human Rights Defenders’ (HRDs) work might sometimes expose them to specific contexts of violence and repression. HRDs’ safety and protection remain a priority both personally and for the successful execution of their humanitarian work. HRDs might experience threat at first hand as part of their work. In such situations, it is crucial that they are…

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