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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” that includes The “third sector” comprises organizations — such as associations, volunteer organizations, and philanthropic foundations – formed to pursue the common good, in order to reach […]

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 […]

Egypt: President Ratifies NGO Law

(June 9, 2017) On May 24, 2017, President Abdul Al-Fatah Al-Sisi of Egypt signed Law No. 70 of 2017, on non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  (Law No. 70 of 2017, 20 AL-JARIDDAH AL RASMYAH (duplicate) (May 24, 2017) (in Arabic).)  This Law repeals Law No. 84 of 2002.  (Sisi Passes a Law Organizing the Work of NGOs, […]

Egypt: People’s Assembly Passes NGO Law with Two-Thirds Majority

(Dec. 2, 2016) On November 29, 2016, Egypt’s People’s Assembly approved a bill on regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country. The new law was drafted by Abdel Hady Al-Kasby, the head of the parliament’s Social Solidarity Committee. The law passed by a two-thirds majority of the members’ votes. After the approval […]

Bangladesh: Controversial New Law Regulating Work and Activities of Foreign NGOs

(Nov. 25, 2016) On October 5, 2016, Bangladesh’s Parliament passed a controversial new law called the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Law 2016, which regulates the work and activities of foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).  (Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, 2016, Act. No. 43 of 2016, Bangladesh Parliament website (in Bangla).)  The new law came […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]

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 […]

Cambodia: Law on NGOs Passed

(July 15, 2015) On July 13, 2015, Cambodia’s legislature adopted a new law designed to regulate the country’s approximately 5,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations passed with unanimous support from the ruling party, while all the opposition party members of the legislature boycotted the vote, and street protests took place […]

Cambodia: New Election Laws

(Mar. 24, 2015) On March 19, 2015, Cambodia’s parliament unanimously approved two new election laws, the Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly and the Law on the National Election Committee. The legislation resulted from a compromise between the governing Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). […]