UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Foreign Funding of CSOs


In recent years, civil society actors have been facing increased control and undue restrictions in relation to funding they received, or allegedly received. But the ability to seek, secure and use resources is essential to the existence and effective operations of any association, no matter how small.

In this report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/23/39), UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Maina Kiai explains how freedom of association includes the right to seek, receive, and use resources from domestic, foreign and international sources.

The report also discusses the ability to hold peaceful assemblies, which the Special Rapporteur deems “an integral component of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” and outlines procedural and practical measures for holding assemblies.

General Principles on Civil Society’s Right to Funding