Case Studies

Bahrain

Bahrain Since the pro-democracy Pearl Uprising in 2011, it has been illegal for independent civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bahrain to receive funding from foreign sources. Should the government discover that a CSO

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Cambodia

Cambodia In a 2017 survey, a majority of Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs) polled said they face no legal barriers to seeking and receive funding from foreign or domestic sources.[i] Some activists point

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Ecuador

Ecuador Ecuador has an active and diverse civil society, which includes corporations, foundations, private and public sector unions, professional and business organizations, and numerous traditional organizations, such as church groups, sports clubs, and

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Egypt

Egypt Restrictive laws and a culture of impunity have empowered Egyptian authorities to harass, detain, and charge civil society activists for dubious crimes for decades. Civil society activists are constantly at risk of

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia Ethiopia has a long tradition of informal community-based organizations that operate at the local level. However, in 2009, the government adopted the “” (CSP), which strictly regulates the activities of CSOs through the Ethiopian

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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Kazakhstan’s 2016-2020 National Action Plan on Development of Interaction between the Government and CSOs generally recognizes the importance of civil society to the country’s development. However, barriers to civil society’s ability to

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Kenya

Kenya Kenya plays an influential role in shaping human rights culture throughout the Great Lakes Region of Africa. There are roughly 10,000-15,000 registered civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kenya. In 2010, the government

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kyrgyzstan technically have the right to access resources and freely cooperate with local and international donors. This right is guaranteed in part by constitutional reforms of 2010

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Malaysia

Malaysia No laws preclude civil society organizations (CSO) from seeking or receiving domestic or foreign funding in Malaysia. However, activists report that the Malaysian government views some organizations that receive foreign funding, particularly

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Mexico

Mexico Mexico has a strong civil society sector, which is generally viewed favorably by the public. The government of Mexico has ratified most international and regional human rights treaties and demonstrates leadership on

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Nepal

Nepal The number of civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Nepal increased rapidly following passage of the Social Welfare Act  of 1992. However, only Nepali citizens may form associations, which must register and re-register with

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Republika Srpska

Republika Srpska Republika Srpska (RS) is a constitutional entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). RS has its own constitution, president, parliament, judiciary, and police force. RS is home to numerous government-organized non-governmental organization (GONGO)

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