2011 News Archive

13 December 2011: Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan
From November 29 – December 1, 2011, thousands of representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), governments, and the private sector gathered at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) in Busan, South Korea.

12 December 2011: Update: Cambodian draft law on associations and Non-Governmental Organizations
On December 12, 2011, the Royal Government of Cambodia released the fourth draft version of the Cambodian Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations. ICNL’s comments on the fourth draft are available here.

02 December 2011: Update: Israeli foreign funding bill
On November 30, 2011, Members of the Israeli Knesset released a bill affecting the foreign funding of Israeli civil society organizations.

15 November 2011: Israel's Ministerial Committee approves bills targeting foreign funding of civil society
On November 13, 2011, Israel's Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved two bills targeting foreign funding of civil society organizations.

26 October 2011: ICNL consultant meets with Secretary of State Clinton at Town Hall in Tajikistan
On October 22, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a Town Hall meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. ICNL consultant and former director of the Tajikistan office Muatar Khaidarova was invited to attend.

30 August 2011: Burma's NLD Vice Chairman meets with two Global Forum participants
On August 26, 2011, two members of Burma's National Leage for Democracy party returned from the Global Forum on Civil Society Law 2011 and met with the party's Vice Chairman.

12 August 2011: ICNL’s President discusses trends affecting civil society with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
ICNL’s President and CEO, Doug Rutzen, participated in the closing plenary of InterAction’s Forum 2011, joined by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

26 July 2011: Rwandan civil society responds to draft code of ethics
Rwandan civil society organizations (CSOs) have welcomed the yet-to-be-finalized presidential decree on public servants' code of ethics, saying it has exhibited a high level of good governance.

22 July 2011: “Coffee Break with Secretary Clinton” in Turkey addresses ICNL’s work
On July 16, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton participated in a “coffee break” in Istanbul, Turkey hosted by CNN-Turk. ICNL’s Vice Chairman of the Board Filiz Bikmen was invited to participate in this event.

07 July 2011: Secretary of State Clinton recognizes ICNL’s “world class legal expertise”
On June 30, Secretary Clinton attended a strategic dialogue with civil society representatives present at the Community of Democracies Sixth Ministerial Conference.  During her remarks, Secretary Clinton explicitly recognized ICNL and its “world class legal expertise.” 

07 July 2011: Community of Democracies Vilnius Declaration highlights civil society
On July 1, the participants in the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies held in Vilnius agreed to the Vilnius Declaration, highlighting the importance of an enabling legal framework for civil society

07 July 2011: Open Forum releases draft International Framework for Effective CSO Development
In June 2011, the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness met in Siem Reap, Cambodia to review and provide input on the draft International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness.

08 June 2011: OAS adopts resolution protecting freedom of assembly and association
ICNL is pleased to report that on June 7, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted a Resolution on Promotion of the Rights to Freedom of Assembly and of Association in the Americas.  

27 April 2011: National and International CSO laws passed by Rwandan Senate
The Rwandan Senate recently passed new laws governing national and international civil society organizations. The bills have been forwarded to the Chamber of Deputies for submission to President Kagame, and Presidential approval is expected shortly.

11 April 2011: Release of 15 country reports on NGO law
ICNL and the World Movement for Democracy are pleased to announce the release of a new series of 15 country reports as part of the Defending Civil Society project.

08 April 2011: Cambodian Government releases revised draft law on associations and NGOs
An analysis of the revised draft Law released by the Government on March 24, 2011.  

07 April 2011: Foreign Contributions Regulations Bill 2010 becomes law in India
ICNL partner Noshir Dadrawala analyzes the bill as it relates to NGOs.

06 April 2011: Kurdistan Parliament approves new NGO law
This is a significant milestone for Kurdish and Iraqi civil society which lays the groundwork for a new era in civil society/government relations in Kurdistan.

01 April 2011: ICNL welcomes UNHRC Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and of Association
Article 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and the World Movement for Democracy welcome the appointment of Maina Kiai as the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). 

23 March 2011: Egyptian Council of Ministers approves law criminalizing protests
The Egyptian Council of Ministers today approved a Decree criminalizing promotion of or participation in any assembly that would hamper work at a private or public establishment.

11 March 2011: Creating effective public councils in Kyrgyzstan
The ICNL Alliance helped a working group of NGO and government representatives draft amendments that would make public councils more independent from the state bodies with whom they work.

8 March 2011: Training workshop in Tunisia
ICNL Training Workshop on Improving and Developing the Laws of Civil Society in Tunisia.

4 March 2011: Developments in Egypt
As widely reported, the Constitutional Revision Committee convened by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has proposed a number of changes to the Egyptian Constitution. While the majority of these changes are related to the presidency and system of election, several proposed amendments will help to expand the enabling environment for civil society.

3 March 2011: Developments in Tunisia
Tunisia faces a humanitarian crisis on its border as refugees flee violence in Libya.  The crisis follows the January 2011 Tunisian Revolution that led to the ouster of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. 

2 March 2011: Developments in Libya
On March 1, 2011, the UN General Assembly suspended Libya’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council. 

11 January 2011: EU ratifies UN Convention on Disability Rights
Following formal ratification, it is the first time in history the EU has become a party to an international human rights treaty – the United Nation's (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.