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Guidelines for Activists Relocating to Lithuania

These guidelines, put together by the NGO Law Institute (NGOLI) with the support of ICNL, are designed to help activists from Belarus and other Eurasian countries who relocate to Lithuania to organize their work in compliance with Lithuanian law.

EVENT: Ecosystems of Change in Civic Space

Please join us to discuss what INSPIRES consortium members, partners, and USAID have learned about the unexpected connections that make up the ecosystem of government and civil society behaviors.

Keeping Guns Away from Protests

Firearms pose an urgent threat to the exercise of First Amendment rights of free expression and peaceful assembly in the United States. Armed individuals at protests can discourage people from voicing their beliefs and petitioning the government for change. ICNL works with US partners to strengthen people’s right to assemble peacefully, unimpeded by the presence of guns

Joining Together on Legal Reform

Until recently, Nigerian civil society organizations (CSOs) were grouped with casinos, real estate agents, and gemstone dealers as institutions highly vulnerable to infusions of “dirty money” and funds intended for terrorists. But this changed in May 2022, when the Nigerian president signed two new laws removing CSOs from the high-risk category. The reform resulted from six years of skillful advocacy by Nigerian organizations, with technical support from ECNL, ICNL, and our partner HSC.

Safeguarding Assembly Rights Worldwide

Nearly every country’s constitution recognizes the right to peaceful assembly. But since 2020, more than 150 governments have restricted this right while responding to COVID-19. ICNL works alongside partners to create a more enabling environment for peaceful assembly by promoting international norms, improving legal frameworks, and monitoring violations of assembly rights at protests.

Advancing Women’s Rights from the Ground Up

Women civil society advocates have long struggled against gender-specific barriers to their work. This story explores how ICNL and our partners have worked to advance women’s rights from the ground up.

Strengthening Resilience Through Cooperation

In 2022, El Salvador proposed a restrictive new law that threatened to decimate civil society. The draft law would require civil society organizations (CSOs) to register as foreign agents if they received funding and philanthropic giving from abroad, criminalize many of their normal activities, and impose a 40 percent tax on their financial transactions. Aware that a similar law in a neighboring country had shut down hundreds of organizations, Salvadoran CSOs concluded the region’s civil societies needed to come together and organize a joint defense.

2021-2022 Annual Report

Whether helping our partners address restrictive laws in El Salvador and Nigeria, fostering women’s activism in Lebanon and the Philippines, or protecting fundamental freedoms in the United States, our Annual Report offers a few highlights from 2021-2022.

Addressing Violence against Women During Elections

When violence against women occurs during elections, the number of women voters, candidates, and officials in the electoral process decreases. In this article, Ms. Israa Mahadin, an attorney-at-law, explores the most significant issues in addressing violence against women in elections across the Middle East and North Africa.