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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"Elements of the SSF continued unlawfully/extrajudicially to kill, harass, beat, intimidate, and arbitrarily arrest and detain domestic human rights advocates and domestic NGO workers, particularly when the NGOs reported on or supported victims of abuses by the SSF or reported on the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the east . . . Representatives from the Ministry of Justice and the ANR met with domestic NGOs and sometimes responded to their inquiries" (page 37-38).
July 29, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Belgium

"The government’s victim protection infrastructure was based on three specialized NGO-run shelters, for which the government allocated approximately €426,000 ($488,530) each in 2018, compared with €428,000 ($490,830) in 2017. The NGO-run shelters also received unspecified amounts of funding from regional governments. While NGOs referred many victims to the shelters, law enforcement, social workers, and medical professionals identified most victims. NGO-run shelters provided psycho-social, medical, and legal care and were open to all victims regardless of gender, immigration status, or nationality. Despite the government’s complete reliance on these three NGO-run shelters for the majority of victims’ services, NGO-run shelters continued to carry the perennial administrative burden of requesting funding each year...more
July 29, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Belarus

"The government provided in-kind assistance to anti-trafficking NGOs in the form of facilities for seminars, conferences, and training; expedited approval of projects and grants; and tax-exempt status. The government did not provide financial support for NGOs" (100).
July 23, 2019, 3:16 p.m.
Countries: Albania

"The government operated one specialized shelter and supported three specialized NGO-run shelters. The government allocated 21.6 million leks ($201,770) to NGO-run shelters to support 29 staff salaries, compared to 20.2 million leks ($188,700) to support 29 staff salaries in 2017. The government provided an additional 5.2 million leks ($48,580) for food support to NGO-run shelters, compared to 5.5 million leks ($51,380) in 2017. The government allocated 22.5 million leks ($210,180) to the government-run shelter, compared to 22.2 million leks ($207,380) in 2017. The government did not transfer resources to a fund of seized criminal assets for support services, compared to 4.7 million leks ($43,900) in 2017. Funding for NGO-run shelters...more
July 21, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: India

"Government documents to expose how different Sangh outfits trafficked 31 tribal girls as young as three years from tribal areas of Assam to Punjab and Gujarat. Orders to return the children to Assam—including those from the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, the Child Welfare Committee, Kokrajhar, the State Child Protection Society, and Childline, Delhi and Patiala—were violated by Sangh-run institutions with the help of the Gujarat and Punjab governments" (para 4). "This is the usual strategy for penetration used by the Sangh. First, the welfare organisations step in. They increase the mass base, identify potential trainees. Small steps like visiting the remotest village, distributing lockets, pamphlets...more
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"In November the HRA reported that women in the southeast were disproportionately affected by the state of emergency and cited restrictions on freedom of movement, the shuttering of women’s NGOs by emergency decree, and the impact of the arrest and removal of female DBP/HDP elected representatives" (page 25).
July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"A very important stakeholder as regards promoting gender equality and the rights of women in Bangladesh is the civil society, in particular the NGOs. Bangladesh has a large and vibrant NGO sector known worldwide for its role in grassroots mobilization and activism and promotion of public accountability and transparency. While they play a complementary role to the government in many areas, they are also equally a force to reckon with in terms of holding the government accountable to its duties and responsibilities, often ensured in tandem with other stakeholders, most notably the media" (12). "The civil society and media has always been a strong voice in Bangladesh on various socially...more
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Public awareness campaigns to promote gender equality are a key activity involving multiple stakeholders at the national and sub-national level. MoWA has coordinated efforts with government agencies, NGOs/CSOs, the private sector, local authorities, communities, and the media in on-going events including the theme-based annual International Women’s Day activities, the annual 16-Days Campaign of Activism to End Violence Against Women, the ‘Good Men Campaign’ (2011–2015) and the 1 Billion Rising Campaign events organized by the local CSO, Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC), all aimed at changing harmful attitudes and behavior towards women" (13). "MoWA has coordinated joint efforts involving government ministries and institutions, NGOs/CSOs, media, private sectors and communities in...more
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"The Committee notes that the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, adopted in October 2016, has the potential of placing strict control over civil society organizations, including wo men’s organizations, especially their funding, which may undermine their free registration and operation in the State party. It also notes with concern that the increasing criminalization of criticism of the Government may further restrict the activities o f non-governmental organizations working on human rights, including women’s rights organizations" (8).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"Local NGOs operated hotlines in 11 districts, including Kampala, Mukono, and Jinja. The government worked with local and international NGOs and religious institutions like the Roman Catholic Church to strengthen understanding of domestic violence as a human rights abuse. A few NGOs ran domestic violence shelters, including Action Aid, Mifumi, and Uganda Women’s Network. Action Aid reported its shelters received between three and 10 domestic violence survivors daily" (Pg 26).
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor

"The Ministry of Social Solidarity is charged with providing assistance to victims of domestic violence. During the year ministry’s staff in each district included a gender-based violence focal point to coordinate a referral network, a coordinator for the Bolsa de Mae (Mother’s Purse) support fund, and two additional actors who focused on children’s issues. Due to staff shortages, the ministry had difficulty responding to all cases. To deal with this problem, the ministry worked closely with local NGOs and service providers to offer assistance to victims of violence, including shelters, a safe room at the national hospital, financial and food support, and escorts to judicial proceeding" (Pg 16). "The secretary...more
June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone

"Government officials often were cooperative and responsive to the views of local and international NGOs and generally acknowledged the problems presented. They often scheduled forums in conjunction with NGOs to discuss such topics as women’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities" (Pg 16).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The Committee recommends that the State party establish without delay the planned independent national human rights institution, in accordance with the principles relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (the Paris Principles), with a broad mandate to promote and protect women’s rights and gender equality." (para 14). "The Committee urges the State party...To ensure that, in addition to the Exclusion Orders and Ejections Act (No. 85/2011), sufficient shelters with qualified personnel and adequate financial resources are available to women who are victims of violence, including migrant women, rural women and women with disabilities...To open rape crisis centres, walk-in centres and 24-hour free-of-charge...more
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India

"In May, HRW urged UN member countries to call on India to stop targeting NGOs and others who criticized the government or its policies" (22). "In July, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told parliament’s lower house more than 1,000 NGOs were barred from receiving foreign aid after they were found to have 'misutilized' such funds. He said more than 2,000 NGOs have been asked to validate their existing bank accounts designated for receiving funds from abroad. All organizations that received financial aid from abroad must be registered under FCRA. NGOs continued to express concern regarding the government’s enforcement of the FCRA, provisions of which bar some foreign-funded...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China

"The government sought to maintain control over civil society groups, halt the emergence of independent NGOs, and hinder activities of civil society and human rights groups" (51). "Some women’s NGOs that sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment reported harassment by public security and faced challenges executing their programs. In May police searched the houses of feminists suspected of printing clothing with antisexual harassment slogans. In September 2016 women’s rights activist Shan Lihua was found guilty by the Gangzha District People’s Court in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, of 'picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.' The indictment specifically cited Shan’s activism on a rape case in Hainan Province as evidence, according...more
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Domestic violence was a persistent and common problem. In a September statement, the resident representative of the UN Development Program voiced concern that every third woman in the country was a victim of physical or some other form of family abuse at some point in her life. According to the Center for Women’s Rights, abused women or victims of rape often did not report the crime due to fear of reprisal, economic dependency, lack of information, physical and social subjugation, lack of measures to prevent reoccurrence, or social stigma. In many cases victims declined to press charges even when evidence of an attack or rape was clear. According to NGO...more
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor

"The secretary of state for gender equality and social inclusion is responsible for the promotion of gender equality. More than 30 NGOs focused and collaborated on women’s issues. During the parliamentary election campaign, this advocacy network signed pacts with the leaders of seven major political parties to uphold and defend the rights of women and children in the program for the new government" (p. 14).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"In June the government coordinator hosted a roundtable discussion gathering 170 government and civil society representatives to exchange views on amendments to the penal code, particularly the article that exonerates rapists who marry their victims. Based on the discussions, the government coordinator recommended abolishing the article, and parliament voted to adopt the recommendation on August 1" (30).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria

"Furthermore, a dialogue with non-governmental organisations whose aim is to fight discrimination and to promote the principle of equal treatment is held annually in keeping with the Equal Treatment Act. This dialogue usually focuses on existing challenges. For example, the most recent event addressed the issue of discrimination and hate on the net" (6). ". In addition to that, the organisation NINLIL 2015 has been officially recognised as a service centre for women with disabilities" (30.
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin

"The government and NGOs educated the public on women’s inheritance and property rights and their increased rights in marriage, including prohibitions on forced marriage, child marriage, and polygyny" (p. 15).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo

"The government and NGOs engaged in a range of actions to prevent early marriage, particularly through awareness raising among community and religious leaders. The Ministries of Education, Gender, and Health led development of the National Program against Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy. Multiple initiatives focused on helping girls stay in school. Messages broadcast through mass media, particularly local radio, stressed avoiding early marriage and the importance of educating girls" (p. 13).
May 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"A number of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local NGOs also work collaboratively with the Ministry of Health to plan, implement, and monitor activities at the national, district, and local levels. All of these activities are reviewed periodically" (10).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee is concerned about the amendments introduced in 2012 to Federal Law No. 121-FZ on Non-Commercial Organizations, upheld by the Constitutional Court in April 2014, requiring non-commercial organizations receiving foreign funding and engaging in 'political activities' to register as 'foreign agents', and about the adverse impact of the amendments on women’s rights organizations. The Committee regrets that the amendments resulted in restrictions on the activities of non-governmental organizations and the suspension or closure of some such organizations working in the field of women’s rights" (4).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"The law regulates associations and foundations and outlines the establishment and activities of NGOs. Authorities require annual registration. The law exempts registered NGOs from taxes and tariffs and requires the government to provide a reason for denying an NGO registration, such as deeming an NGO’s activities 'detrimental' to the state. It forbids NGOs’ involvement in political or religious activities. It permits foreign funding of NGOs. The law requires government observation of NGO internal elections" (25). "Prior to the outbreak of conflict, domestic and international human rights groups generally operated without outright government restriction, but lower-level government officials, particularly those in security organizations, were occasionally uncooperative and unresponsive to human rights...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands

"The Committee also welcomes the fact that, after the consideration of the sixth periodic report, the Government plans to organize, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, a conference to discuss the follow-up to the Committee’s concluding observations, in February 2017" (2). "The Committee is concerned by the potential negative impact of a shift in the State party from institutional funding of women’s non-governmental organizations to project subsidies, which has weakened women’s non-governmental organizations, including those of black and migrant women" (4).
May 25, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"As Afghanistan is moving towards 2014, the year that international troops are set to withdraw, the level of funding and support to Afghanistan human rights, women’s rights and civil society organizations is rapidly shrinking. Many groups, including FOSJ have had difficulty securing funding in 2012. Experience shows that donors’ commitment in Afghanistan is linked to the military presence of donor country troops, and if trends continue, particularly with a lack of funding for core costs of the organizations, the issue of sustainability particularly for small and middle size organizations becomes an issue" (Pg 24).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"The government signed a joint agreement with UNAMI on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-related Sexual Violence in 2016. The government committed to working with the Office of the Special Representative and the UN system to develop and implement an action plan to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. On August 22, however, UNAMI reported that while the government and KRG had taken some positive steps to further women’s rights, including working to address the needs of ISIS victims, the criminal justice system was often unable to provide adequate protection for women" (40). "The government and KRG also struggled to address the physical and mental trauma endured by women...more
May 16, 2019, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Morocco

"A year and a half ago after drafting the law, 168 deputies voted today in favor of this law, prepared by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in exchange for 55 votes against." (para 2).
May 16, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia has been working to ensure that women’s rights are protected and brought to the attention and action of State authorities. The Office is also providing technical support to State officials on better enforcement of existing laws" (para 8).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Local human rights NGOs, media, and several independent analysts continued to express concern publicly about government actions targeting their work, including the arrests of ADHOC officials. On September 13, authorities arrested Dem Kundy and Hun Vannak, who worked for the NGO Mother Nature, on charges of incitement to commit a felony and violating privacy for filming sand-dredging operations in Koh Kong Province, a politically sensitive environmental issue" (12). "The constitution provides for freedom of association, but the government did not always respect this right, particularly with regard to workers’ rights (see section 7.a.). The LANGO requires all associations and NGOs to be politically neutral, which not only restricts the right...more