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Pandemic Governance in South Korea

COVID-19 in South Korea; Cover Image from 2024 Korea Pandemic Report

This groundbreaking paper explores examples of South Korea’s enabling, cooperative approach to civil society in emergency respo…

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A Textbook for Civil Society Organizations Laws in Kyrgyzstan

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This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the legal regulation of civil society organizations and other institutions o…

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Guide on Liquidation of NCOs and representative/branch offices of foreign NCOs in the Kyrgyz Republic

This ICNL guide includes step-by-step instructions on the liquidation process, including procedures for annulling tax registrat…

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Bilateral Investment Treaties in the Kyrgyz Republic

bilateral investment treaties in the Kyrgyz Republic.

This ICNL analysis reviews how bilateral investment treaties in the Kyrgyz Repbulic for the protection of the rights and intere…

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National Relief Funds in Asia During COVID-19

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This paper explores government-run relief funds established for the purpose of COVID-19 pandemic response, and how these funds …

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Social Entrepreneurship in Tajikistan

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To support the government in improving the standard of living, the work of organizations and individuals providing needed servi…

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Pandemic Governance & Civic Freedoms

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Japan stands out among the Asian nations for it’s response to COVID-19 for adeptly utilizing its legal framework without compro…

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Journalist Detentions in Myanmar

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The Myanmar military launched a crackdown on media freedom as part of a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, persecuting journalists…

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Inter-American Principles for Civil Society

Although the freedom of association is enshrined in constitutions across the Americas, restrictions to this right are common. I…

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Upholding Civic Freedom in Georgia

In early 2023, Georgians took to the streets to protest a highly restrictive draft foreign agent law. Within days of the draft’…

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Supporting Civil Society in Exile

In Myanmar, civic space drastically contracted after the February 2021 coup. By supporting relocation, ICNL enables our partner…

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The Africa Digital Rights Hub

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ICNL and partner CIPESA created a space where civil society, lawyers and tech experts can come together to exchange ideas and t…

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Promoting Rights Based AI Governance

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Malicious actors have unleashed disinformation campaigns to undermine elections. Authoritarian governments are using technology…

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2023 Annual Report

Whether advocating for AI governance grounded in human rights, safeguarding civic freedoms in Georgia, or helping civil society…

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Trends in Digital Laws in Asia and the Pacific

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This updated monitoring assessment from a working group of local Myanmar civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks explor…

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Guidelines for Activists Relocating to Poland

This three-part guide is designed to help activists from Belarus and other Eurasian countries who relocate to Poland to organiz…

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Analysis of the Kyrgyz Republic Draft Law on Non-Governmental Organizations

Ala-Bel Pass in Kyrgyzstan. It runs along the road connecting Bishkek and Osh in the Talas Ala Too Mountain Range. (Photo: Ninara/CC)

On November 2, 2022, the Presidential Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic published the Non-commercial Non-Governmental Organ…

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Assessment of Myanmar Civic Space

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This updated monitoring assessment from a working group of local Myanmar civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks explor…

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Land and Environmental Defenders at COP28

In advance of the 28th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP28), ICNL, together with civil society partners, prepared a Join…

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Guide on Registration of LLCs and Individual Entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan

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With many Kyrgyzstani noncommercial organizations (NCOs) concerned about potential legal restriction on their activities, ICNL …

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Georgia’s Broadcasting Law Amendments

TV Broadcasting Tower - image credit Andrzej Wojtowicz via Flickr, Georgia's broadcasting law amendments.

This ICNL and ECNL analysis examines the Georgia Law’s compliance with international law and European standards, focusing on th…

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Congressional Investigations Targeting Nonprofits

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There has been a recent flurry of investigations in the current U.S. House of Representatives that target nonprofit organizatio…

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Reforms Introduced to Protect the Freedom of Assembly

George Floyd protests in Columbus, Ohio (Photo: Paul Becker/Wikimedia), reforms protecting freedom of assembly.

In the wake of complaints about law enforcement’s response to the George Floyd protests, local, state, and the federal governme…

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Global Study on the Impact of Counter-Terrorism on Civil Society & Civic Space

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The Global Study centers the lived experiences for civil society from across the globe operating amidst closing civic space and…

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