World Jun 20, 2018

Hungary passes "STOP Soros" laws, defying EU and rights groups

Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalizes some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Under the law, officially called "STOP Soros," individuals or groups ...

Peace Boat leaves for anti-nuke tour of Asia and Oceania

National Jan 8, 2018

Peace Boat leaves for anti-nuke tour of Asia and Oceania

A ship chartered by Japan-based Peace Boat, a nongovernmental organization that works closely with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), left Yokohama on Monday for an extended tour of Asia and Oceania. People on board the ship will promote nuclear ...

National May 1, 2017

Japan NGOs want government to ease curbs on travel to conflict areas

Japan-based nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance have asked the government to ease restrictions on travel to conflict zones, NGO members said Sunday. The NGOs argue that their activities are being hampered because the government treats their travel requests in the same way as those ...

Asia Pacific Apr 28, 2016

China prompts criticism with tough curbs on foreign NGOs

China's parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign nongovernment organizations, the Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security authority and prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The law is part of a raft of legislation, including China's counterterrorism law and ...