In Myanmar, we developed primers on civil disobedience and authoritarian edicts, raising awareness of the military’s obstruction of humanitarian and COVID relief efforts. In Thailand, we analyzed the potential impact of the proposed registration bill, elevating these concerns to the government. In India, we supported efforts to oppose burdensome foreign funding restrictions, which impeded the ability to receive desperately needed medical equipment.
ICNL also worked to connect local partners with international actors, foreign governments, and donors. In Myanmar, we helped our partners access emergency protection and provided ongoing legal updates. In Thailand, we submitted comments on the registration bill to the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which will increase pressure on the government to better adhere to international standards. Our analyses, and subsequent conversations between key stakeholders supported by ICNL, led to a deeper understanding among local partners of governments’ use of security measures against civil society and, more importantly, how to push back.
In the face of restrictive COVID measures and increased authoritarianism, our ability to respond rapidly with in-depth and actionable resources helps ensure our partners have the tools they need to navigate and reshape restrictive environments.