Tuesday, June 2, 2009

June 2009 Issue of International Journal of Civil Society Law Newsletter

The International Center for Civil Society Law has just published its June 2009 Newsletter.  It is available on-line at http://www.iccsl.org/pubs/09-06_IJCSL-N.pdf  Here is a listing of the topics addressed in the newsletter:


CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Arab World—International Idea Publishes Report On State Of Local Democracy In Four Progressive Countries

Brazil—FOI Legislation Submitted To Congress

Caucasus--May 2009workshop In Georgia Compares FOI Laws And Practices Across Region

Ghana—Action Urged On FOI Law

Guatemala—FOI Law Goes Into Effect

Latin America—Paper Published On Role Of Media In Passing FOI Laws

Sri Lanka—USAID Program Promotes Citizen Participation

Venezuela—Reform Of Popular Councils Law Begun

FISCAL MATTERS

U.K.—Is There A Potential Threat To Charity Tax Breaks?

U.S.—Finance Committee Proposes Changes In Tax Exempt Status Criteria For Hospitals

Freedom Of Association And Peaceful Assembly

Egypt—EOHR Again Subjected To Harassment

Uganda—Petition Distributed Claiming 2006 Ngo Act And 2008 Regulations Are Unconstitutional

U.S.—Conservative University Stops Students From Organizing Club Affiliated With Democratic Party

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

China—Human Rights Lawyers Being Censored Because Of Their Work

Global— World Press Freedom Day Celebrated

Egypt—Freedom Of Expression Still Outlawed

Kenya—Government Responds To Journalists’ Requests To Eliminate Controversial Provision Of Media Bill

The Philippines—House Addresses Right Of Reply Bill

Thailand—New Regulations For Control Of On-Air Content Raise Alarms

Tunisia—Government Takes Steps To Reduce Press Freedom

Turkey--Filiz Kalayci Arrested For "Aiding An Illegal Organization"

Venezuela—HRW Calls For End To Harassment Of Private Media

FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND BELIEF

Azerbaijan—Controversial Religion Law Amendments Continue Course Toward Adoption

France—Scientology Sued For Fraud

Kyrgyzstan—New Commission To Assess Controversial Provisions In Religion Law

Russia—New Expert Council On Religion Includes Activists Opposed To Minority Religions

U.K.—Sikh Police Officers Seek Development Of Bulletproof Turban

U.S.--Christian Attorneys Urge Senate To Vote Against "Hate Crimes" Bill

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

England And Wales—Charity Commission Publishes Guidance Update On Elections

Ethiopia--World Bank Extends $540million Loan And Says Country Should Ease Regulations On NGOs

Kyrgyzstan--Compact-Like Agreement Signed By Government And NGOs

Lao PDR--International NGOs Welcome New Law Allowing Local NGOs To Register And Operate As Independent Entities

Tanzania—Mainland And Isles CSOS Seeking Common Legislation

MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS

China— New Public Service Program Announced By The Government

China - Amnesty International Report Details Intimidation Of Quake Victim Families By Chinese Authorities

Egypt—Appeals Court Overturns Conviction Of Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Israel--Proposed Legislation Raises Issue Of Loyalty

Malawi—Peaceful Election Campaign Program Being Developed

North Korea--Defectors Say Human Rights Situation Worsening

Russia—New Commission Formed To Attack "Falsifiers Of History"

U.S.--Social Networking Tools Stimulate Government Operational Efficiency And Transparency, Government Insights Research Finds

RESOURCES

Canada--Revenue Agency Issues Anti-Terrorist Checklist For Charities

U.S.—New Right-To-Know Network Website Launched

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