May 24, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Russian President Vladmir Putin signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation ...[read more]
April 27, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Cambodia to drop plans to revive a restrictive nongovernmental organizations (NGO) law. Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly said he would use the Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations (LANGO) to "handcuff" non compliant groups. Brian ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Cambodia's Parliament on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in an ...[read more]
March 13, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Hungary must end its crackdown of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Amnesty International (AI) urged in a new report Monday. The report claims that the Hungarian government has engaged in "public smearing, criminal investigations, office raids and the seizure of equipment, and a ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
China aims to "regulate" foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under a law being discussed this week, which aims to step up supervision of the fast-growing sector, state media said on Monday. The bill, which was submitted to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, running from ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Constitutional Court of Russia on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law, passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding and engage in "political ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and the ...[read more]
February 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) law providing amnesty for acts of war committed as far back as 2006. After more than three weeks of debate, lawmakers in the DRC approved the law on Tuesday amid outcry from human rights ...[read more]
December 4, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged the Kenyan government to reject legislation that would impose severe regulations and limitations upon non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As an amendment to Kenya's Public Benefit Organization Act of 2012, the law would allow the government to ...[read more]

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