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Congressional Testimony: Protecting Americans’ Right to Peaceful Assembly

The U.S. has seen a rise in protests against the construction of gas and oil pipelines, driven by concerns about pipelines’ harm to the environment, indigenous land, and landowner rights. In response, fossil fuel interests have promoted new laws that limit and chill the First Amendment rights of individuals who protest near pipelines and other infrastructure sites. On September 14, 2022, ICNL Senior Legal Advisor Elly Page testified on these issues before the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Women and the Right to Peaceful Assembly in the Middle East and North Africa

From Freedom Square in Tunisia to Tahrir Square in Egypt, from Clock Square in Homs to Pearl Square in Bahrain, from Martyrs Square in Beirut to all the Arab capitals, demonstrations and protests have taken place calling for change, bread, freedom, and social justice. Many women participated in and lead these demonstrations, exercising their right to peaceful assembly. However, many were also subjected to repression, persecution, and violence.

Resistance and Resilience: Women in Climate Activism

In June 2022, ICNL, EarthRights International, DefendDefenders, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Assembly co-hosted a side event at Stockholm+50, entitled “Resistance and Resilience: Enhancing civic space for women and girls in climate activism.” The event featured women speakers from five continents and six countries. They discussed their diverse experiences with the challenges facing women environmental defenders.

Mongolia’s Draft NPO Laws

ICNL has been providing technical assistance in partnership with local civil society organizations on draft non-profit organization (NPO) laws proposed by the Mongolian government. Our civil society partner Globe International Center (GIC), developed and disseminated an animated video that explains ICNL analyses on the draft NPO bills.

New Restrictions on Civic Mobilization in the United States

Laws restricting demonstrations, boycotts, and other modes of activism are increasingly reducing the space for civic mobilization in the United States. To learn more about this problem check out this op-ed in the LA Times by ICNL’s Nick Robinson.

Freedom of Association and India’s FCRA

On April 8, 2022, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India issued its judgment in Noel Harper v. Union of India, addressing the constitutionality of the 2020 amendments to Sections 7, 12A, 12(1A), and 17(1) of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

Renewable Energy & Civic Space

The immediacy of the climate crisis cannot be overstated, and an energy transition is both critical and overdue. However, the urgency to switch to renewable technologies cannot bypass civil society and grassroots actors. Renewable technologies have their own environmental and social impacts, which require input from civil society to lessen potential harm. Likewise, the transition itself may pose risks and be less likely to succeed if it excludes civil society and grassroots actors.

Expanding Civic Space in DAC Partner Countries

In this piece for the Global Center for CSO Accountability, ICNL Legal Advisor Nikhil Dutta explains how deploying the OECD DAC recommendation can expand civic space and empower civil society in partner countries and territories.