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China’s NGO Law: Navigating The Human Rights Implications and Developing Strategies In Response

Co-Sponsored with EDGE’s Asia Pacific Funders Working Group

China’s Overseas NGO law, enacted in April 2016 and effective January 1, 2017, moves most registration and management of overseas (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) NGOs and foundations to the Ministry of Public Security. The international community, as well as domestic institutions, are currently exploring various operational and programmatic contingency strategies to navigate the legal challenges within China. What are the human rights implications for various registration and supervisory options? How are local activists, donors, diplomats, and others strategizing together to address these shifts? What can international organizations and donors do to support a more enabling environment for NGO operations in an increasingly restrictive space within China?

Speakers include:

  • Shen Tingting, Director of Advocacy, Research, and Policy, Asia Catalyst
  • Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Consultant (Asia), International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)
  • Elizabeth Knup, Director, Ford Foundation China
  • Thomas Kellogg, Director of the East Asia Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Hoa Duong Piyaka, Strategy and Development Advisor, Asia Catalyst (moderator)