“It is paradoxical that some of the States stigmatizing foreign funded associations in their own countries are receiving foreign funding themselves (in the form of loans, financing or development assistance), often in substantially greater amounts than that flowing to CSOs in their country.” A/HRC/23/39, para 29


The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association presents the mandate’s second thematic report to the Human Rights Council, pursuant to Council resolutions 15/21 and 21/16.

In chapters I and II of the report, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of activities he carried out between 1 May 2012 and 28 February 2013.

In chapters III and IV, the Special Rapporteur addresses two issues he considers to be among the most significant ones of his mandate, namely funding of associations and holding of peaceful assemblies.

The Special Rapporteur outlines his conclusions and recommendations in chapter V.



The Special Rapporteur’s factsheet summarizing the legal issues and challenges surrounding civil society’s ability to access resource, presented in an easy-to use “yes/no” format, with hyperlinks to source materials.

This factsheet draws heavily from the Special Rapporteur’s 2013 report to the UN Human Rights Council and features guidance on:

  • • The recognition of the importance of the ability to access resources in international law
  • • The effect of registration on an association’s ability to access resources
  • • Permissible and impermissible restrictions on the ability to access resources – with an analysis of some common justifications for restrictions
  • • The importance of the ability to access resources
  • • And more

The factsheet also summarizes the report’s recommendations and provides links to selected international legal instruments dealing with the subject of civil society’s ability to access resources.

For the Special Rapporteur’s full factsheet series, please see: