Is the Foreign NGO Law a Blessing in Disguise?

Many foreign NGOs working in China view its newly adopted Law on the Management of Foreign NGOs as a threat to their work and say the law may force their organizations to leave the country. Yet, at least for the work I am familiar with—namely, the promotion of human rights and rule of law—the law might ultimately prove beneficial. It could encourage NGOs to rethink current strategies and embrace new ones. In particular, it might...Read more

Comparing Recent NGO Laws in Russia and China

Do Russia’s Laws Foreshadow China’s Future?
Over the last several years, Russia and China have developed strikingly parallel laws on the management of foreign NGOs and foreign support of domestic civil society. While regular visitors to this site are familiar with the 2017 Foreign NGO Law in China, they may be less aware of two similar laws in Russia: the 2012 law on “foreign agents” and 2015 law on “undesirable” organizations.Briefly, the 2012 Russian law requires any domestic NGO that receives...Read more
Half a year after China’s new law regarding foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) went into effect, many questions remain about the law’s implementation across different regions of China and across different fields of work. To get a better sense of how implementation is proceeding on these fronts, The China NGO Project has compiled and analyzed data released by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Foreign NGO Management Office regarding representative office registration and temporary activity filings...Read more
The China NGO Project has created the following visualizations based on data available on the Ministry of Public Security website, as well as on our own research. To analyze foreign NGO representative offices, we looked at organizations’ countries/regions of origin, province and date of registration, fields of work, and number of representative offices per organization. For foreign NGO temporary activities, we looked at organizations’ countries/regions of origin, locations of activity, fields of work, and lengths...Read more
Based on data released on June 28, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has permitted four additional entities to become Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for foreign NGOs. The addition of these four new PSUs confirms that the MPS is actively approving applications with sponsors who were not on the initial list of eligible PSUs issued at the end of last year. The China NGO Project previously reported that the State Administration of Grain and the...Read more