The last time IFEX came together as a network was in Montreal in 2017, under the theme: Rights, Resistance, and Resilience. But in our current global context it has become increasingly apparent that we need to move beyond resistance, and find ways to disrupt the current paradigm.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (L) delivers a speech during the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference in Brasilia, 17 April 2012, EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images

The Open Government Partnership brings states together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Find out how civil society groups can be a part of it!

Nicaraguans protest the arrest of journalists Miguel Mora and Lucia Pineda in Nicaragua, during a demonstration outside the Nicaraguan embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, 22 December 2018, EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images

Arbitrary detentions, physical and verbal repression, threats, closures of facilities, thefts of equipment and even ostensible kidnappings… Daniel Ortega’s regime has made use of all of these measures to sow terror and stifle free thought in Nicaragua, a country experiencing challenging times for its democratic systems, with systematic human rights violations.

An opposition rally in Aali, Bahrain, 18 April 2014, Ahmed AlFardan/NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images

Husain Abdulla, Executive Director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), speaks to IFEX about impunity in Bahrain.

Protesters against internet censorship are seen outside the Hanover Congress Centrum, during the CeBIT computer trade fair, in Hanover, Germany, 15 March 2015, Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

The technology that blocks and filters the internet, explained.

Bahraini riot policewomen detain a protester during an anti-government demonstration in central Manama, 13 June 2012, MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/GettyImages

IFEX examines how the Bahraini government rewards oppressors while imposing a climate of terror on human rights defenders, dissidents and journalists.

Two monks vote during the general election, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 29 July 2018, Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Cambodia is among the 41 states whose human rights records are under scrutiny at the ongoing 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s UPR Working Group. Cambodia’s report was delivered on 30 January.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (right) with Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, at the SDG Media Zone, United Nations, New York, 18 September 2017, UN Photo/Cia Pak

Your State has committed to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms. This is what the Sustainable Development Goal 16.10 affirms. Is your government meeting its commitment? Help monitor its progress – and contribute to it!

An Azerbaijani opposition supporter holds a placard reading 'Where is democracy?' during a protest against a scheduled referendum in Baku, 17 September 2016, Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

IFEX members have been among those calling for the charges against Huseynov to be dropped and for him to be unconditionally released.


Azerbaijani IFEX member and long-time critic of President Aliyev’s regime, Mehman Huseynov, faces dubious assault charges just two months before he is due to be released from jail.

On 31 December 2018, the Bahraini Court of Cassation upheld renowned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s 5-year prison sentence for tweeting.

'Resistir' (resist) a demonstrator has written on her chest in a protest against the new president Bolsonaro, in Sau Paolo, 30 October 2018, Andre Lucas/picture alliance via Getty Images

The New Year is arriving with little to celebrate in Brazil: activists are warning that the new president poses a serious threat to human rights.

Supporters of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak (portrait) watch his trial live on a laptop outside Maadi military hospital in Cairo, 29 November 2014, KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Amira Abdelhamid shares her thoughts on how legislation is being used to close civic space in Egypt.

Blogger Wael Abbas, 2 December 2008, Flickr/Hossam el-Hamalawy, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

IFEX examines how the Egyptian government has been manipulating fears over national security as part of its widespread crackdown on activists, lawyers and journalists.