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International: Global Unions and Human Rights Organizations Report Increase in Transparency in Garment Industry

(Jan. 15, 2020) In December 2019, Human Rights Watch, along with a coalition composed of several prominent workers’ rights organizations, global unions, and international corporate accountability advocates, reported a “surge” in garment industry transparency. As Human Rights Watch notes, murky reporting and unreliable sourcing have historically plagued supply chains in the garment industry. In 2016, […]

Maldives: Government Dissolves Human Rights NGO over Report on Radicalization

(Nov. 29, 2019) On November 5, 2019, the government of Maldives decided to dissolve the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), a nonpartisan NGO that aims to promote human rights and democratic values and principles in the Maldives, over the contents of its 2016 report entitled Preliminary Assessment of Radicalization in the Maldives. The report, which “examined […]

Egypt: New Law Enacted Regulating Activities of Nongovernmental Organizations

(Sept. 11, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Egyptian president Abdu Al-Fatah Al-Sisi ratified Law No. 149 of 2019 on activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Repealing the controversial Law No. 70 of 2017, which defenders of human rights and civil society in Egypt feared would practically ban NGOs from carrying out their work and “eliminate civil […]

Swedish Parliament Reintroduces Tax Deduction for Donations to Nonprofit Organizations

(July 10, 2019) On June 4, 2019, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation reintroducing tax deductions for donations to nonprofit organizations. (Återinförd skattereduktion för gåvor till ideell verksamhet: Skatteutskottets betänkande 2018/19:SkU21 [Tax Reduction for Gifts to Charitable Activities Reintroduced: Tax Committee Report 2018/19:SkU21], SVERIGES RIKSDAG (June 4, 2019); Press Release, Sveriges Riksdag, Skatteavdrag för den som ger […]

Egypt: Parliament to Finalize NGO Law Amendments in March

(Jan. 29, 2019) On January 16, 2019, Talaat Abdel Qawi, the Director of Egypt’s General Federation of NGOs, confirmed that a draft law amending Law No. 70 of 2017 regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations would be finalized in March and sent to the cabinet for review. According to Abdel Qawi, the Federation held four […]

Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran’s Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]

Germany: Federal Administrative Court Allows Cities to Ban Diesel-Fueled Vehicles to Reduce Air Pollution

(Mar. 28, 2018) On February 27, 2018, Germany’s highest administrative court, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht, BVerwG), held in two not-yet-published decisions that older and more-polluting diesel-run vehicles could be banned from predefined zones in the cities and metropolitan areas that are the worst affected by nitrogen dioxide (NO2)-polluted air. The Federal Administrative Court thereby […]

Italy: Code to Regulate Nongovernmental Organizations

(Oct. 4, 2017) On August 3, 2017, the new Code of the Third Sector entered into effect in Italy.  The new Code is part of a broader reform of the “third sector”—organizations such as associations, volunteer organizations, and philanthropic foundations formed to pursue the common good—that is being undertaken to reach the goals of full human development and employment […]

Indonesia: Radical Groups May Now Be Banned Without Court Decision

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a decree that makes it possible to ban radical organizations without a court procedure. The measure was announced publicly on July 12 by Wiranto, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security, and Law.  (Stephen Wright, Indonesia’s President Signs Decree to Ban Radical Groups, JOURNAL […]