2015 News

9 December, 2015: In Memory of Barnett Baron

We write in sadness to inform ICNL’s friends and colleagues of the death of Barnett Baron.

30 October, 2015: Release of a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights

A special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights has been released on 'Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders'. The publishers are providing open/free access to all the articles until 31 December 2015 and it can be downloaded here.

27 October, 2015: New Article from ICNL President Doug Rutzen in Journal of Democracy

Read ICNL President Doug Rutzen's article "Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): Civil Society Under Assault" from the October 2015 issue of the Journal of Democracy.

06 October, 2015: #NPTechChat: Civil Society Under Threat -  A Deeper Dive

ICNL co-hosted the TechSoup NPTechChat on October 6, 2015, along with CIVICUS, FHI 360 and +SocialGood. This chat was a follow-up to the one hosted by TechSoup and Civicus on September 1. This conversation took a deeper dive into the many important and intriguing questions brought up during the previous chat surrounding the challenges civil society organizations face and the best way to support efforts to combat closing space for civil society.

28 September, 2015: ICNL President Doug Rutzen moderates panel for 2015 Social Good Summit

The 2015 Social Good Summit was held on September 27 asnd 28 this year in New York City, kicking off the UN General Assembly. Doug Rutzen, ICNL’s President and CEO, moderated one of the panels held over the course of the two days. The panel was titled “Combating Closing Space for Civil Society” and it included three panelists: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication; Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS; and activist Marcelle Calle.

01 September, 2015: #NPTechChat: Civil Society Under Threat

On September 1, 2015 ICNL participated in our first NPTech Chat hosted by TechSoup. #NPTechChat is a monthly Twitter conversation developed by TechSoup with their partner, the UN Foundation, on topics of critical importance to the NGO community. On September 1, TechSoup hosted a chat focused on the theme of Civil Society Under Threat, along with ICNL partner CIVICUS.

04 August, 2015: ICNL Recognized for Innovation and Impact

ICNL is honored to be recognized once again by The NonProfit Times (NPT) in its 2015 Power & Influence Top 50.  The list celebrates the US nonprofit sector’s “top executives and strategists.” 

9 July, 2015: Ten Ideas for Governments Working to Safeguard Civic Space
ICNL is pleased to announce the release of a new report by Dr. Tomicah Tillemann entitled "Ten Ideas for Governments Working to Safeguard Civic Space." Dr. Tillemann is the Director of Bretton Woods II and a senior fellow at New America. Between 2010 and 2014, he served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the Secretary of State's Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies.

1 July, 2015: Financial Action Task Force (FATF) says "yes" to formalized annual consultation with NPOs
The Charity and Security Network (CSN), the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL),the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the Human Security Collective (HSC) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), representing a wider coalition of non-profit organisations (NPOs), welcome the announcement of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that it will enhance its engagement with NPOs when working on combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

24 June, 2015: Zero Draft Post-2015 Agenda Highlights the Need for Robust Civic Space Indicators
ICNL is pleased to announce the latest statement by the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) on the Zero-Draft Post-2015 Development Agenda.

28 May, 2015: African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights launches landmark Report on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa
On April 25 in Banjul, The Gambia, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR officially launched a landmark report on freedom of association and assembly in Africa.

22 May, 2015: Open Conference Call on China's Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs and Foundations
Given a recent wave of inquiries, ICNL and the Council on Foundations are organizing an open conference call on China's Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs and Foundations: Impact on U.S. Funders and Organizations Working in China.

10 May, 2015: UN Secretary-General and President Obama Greet ICNL Global Forum Participants
ICNL’s Global Forum 2015 opened today with welcome videos from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

06 May, 2015: Announcing the Global Forum 2015: Shaping Civic Space
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are pleased to announce the Global Forum 2015: Shaping Civic Space.

14 April, 2015: Kenya Task Force Welcomes ICNL’s Submission at Expert Forum
In Kenya, thousands of civil society organizations are opposing extremist ideologies, protecting LGBT rights, and delivering a plethora of other critical services. The Public Benefit Organizations (PBO) Act, which was signed into law in 2013 but has not yet been implemented, aims to support and sustain these groups. However, recently proposed amendments would limit PBOs’ access to funding from international donors among other restrictive provisions.

11 March, 2015: Cross-Border Philanthropy: New IJNL Issue Explores Challenges
ICNL is pleased to announce the release of Volume 17, Issue 1 (March 2015) of The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL), which explores challenges to cross-border philanthropy.

3 March, 2015: CSO-Government Cooperation: Libyans Learn from the Turkish Experience
Last week in Istanbul, Turkey, ICNL and the Network of Democrats in the Arab World (NDAW) held a study mission for Libyan civil society and government officials.

17 February, 2015: EITI: Civil Society Participation Fundamental to Natural Resource Transparency
“The participation of civil society is fundamental to achieving the objectives of EITI.” The new Civil Society Protocol of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) begins with this statement.

12 January, 2015: Latest ICNL Publication Explores Civil Society Challenges in Africa
In the latest issue of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL), civil society legal experts explore these questions and others about challenges facing the sector across Africa.