2017 News

10 November, 2017: African Commission Releases Key Guidelines on Assembly and Association Rights: The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has officially published new guidelines on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association – a landmark document designed to strengthen the promotion and protection of these rights across the continent.

30 October, 2017: ICNL Launches United States Program Portal: ICNL is pleased to announce the launch of the United States Program Portal. The new portal includes information on legal compliance and risk mitigation for nonprofits, an enhanced and interactive US Protest Law tracker, and will host other resources linked to our growing US Program.

15 September, 2017: Community of Democracies Minsterial Declaration: The Community of Democracies Governing Council Ministerial met on September 15th in Washington, D.C. The Council agreed on a declaration that underscores the importance of an enabling environment for civil society and the freedoms of expression, association, and assembly.

11 July, 2017: ICNL and Chapter Four Uganda Host Strategic Workshop: More than 40 civil society representatives from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya gathered for a two-day strategic workshop on “Protecting Civic Space in East Africa.” The workshop addressed urgent concerns voiced by civil society in the region, in the midst of a global trend of increased restrictions on the rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression.

28 June, 2017: Regulating Charities: The Inside Story Launches worldwide: ICNL is pleased to announce the publication of Regulating Charities: The Inside Story.  The book provides an insider account of charity law and insight for its future development, covering the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. All royalites from the sale of Regulating Charities: The Inside Story will be donated to ICNL.

04 May, 2017: The Civic Space Initiative Welcomes New UN Special Rappateur: ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and the World Movement for Democracy (the Civic Space Initiative) welcome Dr. Annalisa Ciampi as the new mandate holder of UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association.

27 March, 2017: ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports: ICNL is pleased to announce the launch of the Philanthropy Law Reports. The reports present timely information on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy in India, China, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

21 March, 2017: Doug Rutzen Testifies before the U.S. Congress: ICNL President and CEO Doug Rutzen testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, in a hearing on threats to civil society around the world. Full video of the hearing can be found here and full text here.

23 February, 2017: Philanthropy Prize Awarded to Doug Rutzen and ICNL: ICNL P resident Doug Rutzen has been awarded the 2017 Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) IMAGine Prize.  The award is presented every three years to recognize an individual or organization that has provided exemplary service to strengthen, connect and support the philanthropy sector around the world.

09 February, 2017: US Protest Law Tracker – Legislation in US states affecting the right to peaceful assembly proposed or passed since November 2016: Interested in US state law initiatives that threaten to restrict the right freedom of peaceful assembly? Check out ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker – a summary of recent legislative activities regarding the right to peaceful assembly at the state level. The Tracker is updated regularly, with links to relevant bills and their status.

17 January, 2017: ICNL's 2015-2016 Annual Report – Protecting Civic Freedom: ICNL is pleased to announce the release of our 2015-2016 annual report, "Protecting Civic Freedom."