Engaging in International Forums


As part of its broader engagement in international forums, ICNL provides an independent and expert voice on how policies and developments in the United States affect civic freedoms both in the U.S. and internationally.

In December 2017, along with Civicus, Charity & Security Network, and J20 protester Elizabeth Lagesse, ICNL participated in a thematic hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the freedom of expression, assembly, and association. ICNL’s submission and remarks during the hearing focused on growing restrictions to the right to peaceful assembly in the United States. The Commission expressed concern over the deteriorating situation. It also reminded the U.S. government that the chilling of peaceful assembly in the U.S. could serve as a justification for similar, or even harsher, restrictions by other governments in the Inter-American region and globally.


IACHR Testimony