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Countries: South Korea

    Pandemic Governance in South Korea

    February 28, 2024

    This groundbreaking paper explores examples of South Korea’s enabling, cooperative approach to civil society in emergency response, drawn partly from its learning around effective approaches in past public health crises.

    Trends in Digital Laws in Asia and the Pacific

    January 10, 2024

    This updated monitoring assessment from a working group of local Myanmar civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks explores the challenges and threats encountered by both registered and non-registered CSOs in the post-coup period.

    Moving Beyond COVID-19 Restrictions in Southeast Asia

    May 26, 2023

    The Asia Centre policy briefs Moving Beyond COVID-19 Restrictions in Southeast Asia: Pushing Back Against Authoritarian Pandemic Governance

    Positive Government Responses to COVID-19

    May 27, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic does not have to be a crisis for human rights. In the context of widespread adoption of emergency laws and other extraordinary measures to respond to the pandemic, many governments have demonstrated that it is possible to safeguard rights while effectively countering the virus. This briefer shares positive practices that governments should follow in responding to COVID-19, along with selected examples of these practices.

    UNSR Report: Disease Pandemics and the Freedom of Opinion and Expression

    May 4, 2020

    In this report, the UNSR on Freedom of Expression registers alarm that some efforts to combat the coronavirus disease pandemic may be failing to meet the standards of legality, necessity, and proportionality. The Special Rapporteur highlights five areas of concern, showing that access to information, independent media, and other free expression rights are critical to meeting the challenges of the pandemic.

    COVID-19: The Surveillance Pandemic

    April 27, 2020

    Driven by a desire to protect the health and wellbeing of their citizens and residents, many governments have taken extraordinary steps to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Some governments have incorporated surveillance technology into their efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19. While the use of all the tools at hand is understandable, emergencies – even COVID-19 – do not obviate states’ obligations to consider the broader societal and human rights effects of these emergency measures.

    The Law Affecting Civil Society in Asia

    April 21, 2020

    Made up of more than 40 countries, Asia defies easy categorization. On the one hand, many countries are home to vibrant civil society sectors. On the other hand, in too many countries, state regulatory controls on civil society are becoming increasingly restrictive.

    Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance: COVID-19 and Elections

    April 4, 2020

    The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is maintaining a list of the current elections schedule and plans during the COVID-19 pandemic response, as reported by electoral management bodies and news media across the world. Their list is not comprehensive but represents a snapshot of decisions and events across the globe.

    For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power

    March 30, 2020

    This New York Times article looks at leaders around the world who have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding their reach during the pandemic. Will they ever relinquish them? This article looks at the history of emergency responses and what is happening now.

    COVID-19, Information Problems, and Digital Surveillance

    March 20, 2020

    In this piece for the Center for Global Development, ICNL Alliance Advisory Council Member Michael Pisa discusses how the use of digital tools to monitor the coronavirus spread raises serious questions about governments continuing to use these surveillance tools for other purposes after the crisis.

    Pandemics and Human Rights

    March 12, 2020

    In an article for Just Security, ICNL President Douglas Rutzen and Legal Advisor Nikhil Dutta discuss government overreach during pandemics and list recommendations on how states can promote rights-respecting governmental measures during a public health emergency.

    Coronavirus and Civic Space

    March 10, 2020

    The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; it does not need to be a significant threat to civic freedom. In this article, ICNL explores this tension and how governments can move quickly while upholding human rights in their response to a public health crisis.

    Civic Freedom Digest: Trends in the Asia-Pacific Region

    February 21, 2020

    In this issue of the Civic Freedom Digest, ICNL highlights some of the key challenges and opportunities for civic freedoms across the Asia-Pacific region.

    Freedom of Assembly on Trial in South Korea

    July 1, 2016

    To bring attention to restrictions on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in South Korea, Amnesty International organized a holographic Ghost Protest in Gwanghwamun Plaza, downtown Seoul, in 2016.

    Act on Prohibition Against the Financing of Terrorism

    October 2, 2013


    Social Enterprise Promotion Act

    October 2, 2013

    – 1 – SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROMOTION ACTEnacted by Act No. 8217, Jan. 3, 2007 Amended by Act No. 8361, Apr. 11, 2007 Article 1 (Purpose) […]

    Table 6-2 of the Enforcement Regulations of the Corporate Tax Act Specifying Organizations Eligible to Receive Tax-deductible Donations

    September 6, 2013

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    Civil Act, Chapter III, Juristic Persons; Section 1, General Provisions

    May 16, 2013

    CHAPTER Ⅲ JURISTIC PERSONS SECTION 1 General Provisions Article 31 (Rule to Formation of Juristic Person) No juristic person can come into existence other than […]

    Enforcement Decree of the Corporate Tax Act

    May 16, 2013

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    May 9, 2013

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    Corporate Tax Act

    May 9, 2013

    CORPORATE TAX ACT 1CORPORATE TAX ACT Wholly Amended by Act No. 5581, Dec. 28, 1998Amended by Act No. 6047, Dec. 28, 1999 Act No. 6259, […]

    Protests and Democratic Consolidation: A Korean Perspective

    September 2, 2012

    Protest and Democratic Consolidation: A Korean Perspective Jose Aleman Princeton University Introduction Scenes of workers or other citizens clashing with riot police are a common […]

    Roadmap for a New CSO Partnership for Effective Development Agreed in Cebu

    March 5, 2012

    PUBLISHED: MARCH 5, 2012 Civil society participation in the follow-up to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), held from November 29 – […]

    Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

    December 13, 2011

    PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 13, 2011 From November 29 – December 1, 2011, thousands of representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, and the private sector gathered […]

    Country Reports: Asia Pacific

    December 1, 1999

    The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law Volume 2, Issue 2, December 1999 Australia In a bid to encourage corporate and personal philanthropy, the Prime Minister, […]