2019 News

15 July, 2019: Egypt’s Parliament Approves a New Draft Law on Civil Society Organizations: If ratified by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the draft law will replace Egypt’s current, draconian CSO law, Law 70 of 2017 on Associations and Other Foundations Working in the Area of Civil Work. Read more here.

15 July, 2019: Proposed New Grounds for Cancelling Tax-Exempt Status of Nonprofits in India: The Indian government's proposed 2019 budget would amend the Income Tax Act of 1961 by adding grounds on which the tax-exempt status of a nonprofit can be cancelled. Read more here.

12 June, 2019: UN Special Rapporteur Clement Voule issues a report on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association in the digital era: As technology plays an increasingly vital role in the freedom of assembly and association, the Special Rapporteur finds that many governments are not fulfilling their obligations under international law. Read more here.

5 June, 2019: ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker has now marked the 100th anti-protest bill introduced since 2016: The 100th entry, a far-reaching federal proposal, mimics laws introduced in numerous states that would limit individuals’ ability to protest around gas and oil pipelines.Read more here.

20 May, 2019: ICNL Publishes Two New Reports on the Legal Environment for Civil Society in India: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to announce the publication of two papers that explore the legal environment for Indian civil society. Read both reports, here.

1 May, 2019: ICNL Publishes Guide to Internet Freedoms in Jordan: ICNL has created a guide exploring the right to freedom of expression online in Jordan. The guide is meant to be a useful resource for the public, civil society organizations, activists, and anyone interested in the regulatory framework for online expression.

21 March, 2019: ICNL Releases Report on Restrictions on Higher Education: ICNL is pleased to share our latest report: “Closing Academic Space: Repressive State Practices in Legislative, Regulatory and Other Restrictions on Higher Education Institutions.” Read the full report here.

7 January, 2019: Initial Observations on Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s Inauguration Day Decree affecting NGOs: Immediately after he was sworn into office on January 1, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro imposed sweeping changes on the structure of the Executive Branch, including a new provision on government oversight of domestic and international NGOs. Read ICNL's analysis here.

2018 News

14 December, 2018: Jordan Withdraws Controversial Cybercrime Law Amendments: ICNL is pleased to share news that the Government of Jordan withdrew controversial amendments to its cybercrimes law. The amendments raised many concerns for Jordanian CSOs and the international community.

14 November, 2018: ICNL Publishes 2017-2018 Annual Report: Strengthening the Fabric of Communities: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to release our 2017-2018 Annual Report.  This year’s report focuses on our work in over 100 countries to safeguard and strengthen civic freedom.

7 November, 2018: Right to Peaceful Assembly will get stronger safeguards for implementation: The Civic Space Initiative welcomes the UN Human Rights Committee members’ decision to develop a General Comment on the right to peaceful assembly (Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

4 October, 2018: ICNL Publishes a New Issue of Global Trends in NGO Law: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to share our latest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law. This issue explores restrictions on protest in the United States. Download the full issue here.

1 September, 2018: U.S. government proposes rule to charge protest organizers fees in Washington, DC: In response to the propoed rule, ICNL submitted a comment to the National Park Service. The comment highlights how charging fees to protesters would chill the right to protest, violates the U.S.’s international commitments, and undercuts U.S. foreign policy, as the State Department has criticized such fees as anti-democratic in other countries. You can read the full document here.

3 July, 2018: ICNL Releases New Report on Civic Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa: ICNL is pleased to share our latest report: “The State of Civic Freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa: Access to Associational Rights in Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Kuwait.”

15 May, 2018: ICNL Testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs: ICNL Legal Advisor for Africa, Emerson Sykes, testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

7 May, 2018: ICNL Releases New Report on How Donors Can Effectively Support Civic Space: ICNL's new report examines the trends in civic space constraints, why donor governments should be countering these trends, and how they can effectively do so.

27 April, 2018: Communique on the Freedom of Association and Assembly in Southern Africa: ICNL and the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) hosted a strategic planning workshop on 12-13 April, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the final Communique from the workshop here.

23 March, 2018: The Civic Space Initiative Welcomes New UN Special Rappateur: ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and the World Movement for Democracy welcome Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association.

28 February, 2018: ICNL Releases New Study on the Impact of Closing Civic Space on HIV Response: ICNL recently published a study that focuses on the ways in which the closing of space for civil society—especially restrictions on the registration, financing, and operations of CSOs—is affecting HIV response in the East African countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.

23 January, 2018: ICNL is proud to announce the release of its 2016-2017 annual report, “Building Alliances, Strengthening Freedoms”: Over the past year, we have partnered with colleagues in 106 countries to promote an enabling environment for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation. This report highlights ICNL’s key achievements, from helping to shape the international legal framework to creating spaces for the exchange of new ideas.