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China: Law Passed Tightening Control over Foreign Non-Government Organizations

(June 15, 2016) On April 28, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Administration over the Activities of Overseas Non-Government Organizations Within China, commonly known as the Foreign NGO Law.  The Law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

Botswana: Highest Court Rules Government Must Register Gay Rights Advocacy Group

(Mar. 29, 2016) In a unanimous decision on March 16, 2016, the Botswana Court of Appeal, the highest court in the country, upheld a 2014 High Court ruling that found unconstitutional a decision of the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs refusing to register the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) as a society, and […]

Uganda: Non-Governmental Organizations Bill Becomes Law

(Mar. 17, 2016) It was reported on March 9, 2016, that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, recently signed into law the Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2015, repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration Act of 1989 (as amended in 2006).  (Amy Fallon, Repressive NGO Act, IPS (Mar. 9, 2016).)  It appears that the Non-Governmental Organisations Registration […]

South Sudan: Laws Regulating Non-Governmental Organizations Enacted

(Feb. 16, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, signed into law two bills: the Non-Governmental Organizations Bill, 2015 (NGO Bill) (repealing and replacing the Non-Governmental Organizations Act of 2003), and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Bill, 2015.  (South Sudanese President Signs NGO Bill into Law, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Feb. 11, […]

Bahrain: Court Decision Dissolves a Well-Known Shi’ite Non-Governmental Organization

(Aug. 2, 2012) On July 9, 2012, the Court of First Instance of Bahrain issued a decision dissolving “The Islamic Work Association,” considered to be one of the best known non-governmental organizations in Bahrain. In its decision, the court stated that the Association had violated the Bahraini Constitution by mixing religious, non-governmental work with political […]

Cambodia: Draft Law on NGOs

(Oct. 18, 2011) On October 14, 2011, a United Nations human rights expert criticized a draft Cambodian law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as potentially in violation of international law, notably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. (Cambodian Draft Law on NGOs May Breach International Pact, UN Rights Expert Warns, UN NEWS CENTRE (Oct. […]

Israel: Free Information on Non-Profit Organizations

(Aug. 19, 2010) The Ministry of Justice of Israel has launched a comprehensive database for information on all non-profit organizations active in the country (currently over 30,000). The databank is based on a cooperation agreement between the government and a private company, and is said to “…reflect an approach of transparency that is based on […]