The global civil society alliance CIVICUS has put out a statement expressing its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and calling for a swift, unified, and targeted international response to Russia’s actions.
‘The attacks on Ukraine are unjustified and must be met with a swift response from the international community,’ said CIVICUS in its statement. ‘The international community needs to rally together and condemn Russia’s aggression in the strongest terms, on the basis that Putin’s trampling of international norms endangers all nations. In the face of these unprovoked attacks, states should cease all trading activity that benefits Russia’s military infrastructure and President Putin’s associates.’
The organisation has also highlighted the importance of making the protection of human rights defenders, journalists, and activists a priority.
According to the CIVICUS monitor, an online platform that tracks threats to civil society in countries across the globe, the space for civil society in Russia is categorised as repressed.