The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights

8 04 2010
Source: Civil Society Watch programme, CIVICUS.

For the first time ever, CIVICUS has brought together all the commitments made by national governments to protect the rights of citizens and organizations to exist and take an active part in shaping policies and practices of governments and institutions of their country. The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights, is a dynamic tool to help protect the rights of civil society. Read more here and download a copy of the compendium pdf here.


The legal basis for the invasion of Afghanistan

9 03 2010

Source: House of Commons Library

The military campaign in Afghanistan was not specifically mandated by the UN – there was no specific Security Council Resolution authorising the invasion – but was widely (although not universally) perceived to be a legitimate form of self-defence under the UN Charter

Global Trends in NGO Law, “Survey of Arab NGO Laws

9 03 2010

Source: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

This issue addresses the NGO laws of the Middle East / North Africa (MENA), and includes:

* A brief history of the development of NGO laws in the region,
* A review of the current status of NGO laws in the MENA countries, and
* A review of the most recent initiatives to revise the region’s NGO laws.

Civil Defamation: Undermining Free Expression

20 01 2010

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Source: Article 19.

Defamation law protects an individual’s reputation or feelings from unwarranted attacks. There is little dispute that defamation laws can serve a legitimate purpose and it is recognized internationally as a valid grounds for restricting freedom of expression. A good defamation law – one which lays the groundwork for striking a proper balance between the protection of individuals’ reputation and freedom of expression – aims to protect people against false statements of fact which cause damage to their reputation. Nearly all countries have some form of protection, although it can have different names such as libel, calumny, slander, insult, desacato, lese majeste and so on.

Global Trends in NGO Law: Global Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis

11 12 2009

URL: Source: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

This issue we provide an overview of barriers that have emerged with respect to laws affecting Global Philanthropy, including: Requirements that government grant permission before organizations may receive foreign funding; Prohibitions on foreign funding of particular recipients; Routing Funding through the Government; and Prohibitive tax burdens.

Citizen Media Law Project Legal Guide.

4 08 2008

URL: Source: Citizens Media Law Project.

Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is important for anyone who publishes online. The CMLP’s legal guide addresses the legal issues you may encounter as you gather information and publish your work. The guide is intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training, as well as others with an interest in these issues.

Uganda – Analysis of the restrictive aspects of the NGO Registration Act.

4 08 2008

URL: Source: CIVICUS Civil Society Watch.

CIVICUS partner organisations in Uganda have expressed concern about the legislative framework governing NGOs in the country and the restrictions it places on their ability to function independently and contribute to national life. Upon close analysis, it is our opinion that the legal framework for the registration and operation of NGOs reflects a deep distrust of their activities and discounts their vital role in socio-political development. Key provisions in regard to the registration of NGOs create a web of bureaucratic red tape, which constitute a significant hurdle for individuals wishing to form an NGO. Moreover, the functioning of NGOs is impeded by excessive executive interference in their activities.