An Intro to INCLO, the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations

Those who dream of the globalization of civil liberties will cheer the news that the ACLU has a sister organization. It is the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), a group that shares information and collaborates to promote fundamental liberties and rights of all persons in their respective countries. Like the ACLU, each of the member organizations is multi-issue, multi-constituency, and independent of its government.

The network is comprised of the domestic civil liberties and human rights organizations of twelve countries:

International efforts to promote freedom started in 2008 with a series of meetings of the executive directors of civil liberties and human rights organizations and formalized itself in 2012 with a structure and staff. In 2015 INCLO incorporated as a Swiss association with headquarters in Geneva. Its governing body is the 12 executive directors of each of the network’s organizations. The network supports the work of the member organizations through litigation, legislative campaigning, public education, and grass-roots advocacy. Following are some highlights of its work on the issues of police brutality and social protest, informational rights, and religious freedom and equal treatment.

Police Brutality and Social Protest

Informational Rights

  • 2015: participation of six INCLO members in litigation by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal challenging government surveillance. This produced landmark rulings that both the previous UK-US data sharing and the handling of intercepted private communications of the Legal Resource Center (South Africa’s INCLO member) were unlawful. These were the first times the Tribunal ruled against agencies dealing with transnational mass digital surveillance.
  • the launch, with INCLO support, of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union website promoting privacy enhancing technologies (
  • participation of INCLO members in the successful drive to get the UN Human Rights Council to approve the creation of a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment

Joan Laskowski
ACLU of Indiana Legislation Committee Chair

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Diving Deeper into A Movement

This summer, the nonpartisan Pew Research Center released a disturbing report about race and inequality in the United States. The report concluded from survey data that four in ten Blacks are doubtful that our country will ever achieve racial equality, and that whites have “widely different perceptions” about what life is like in this U.S. for people of color. These divides make clear that we have much more work to do if we are to achieve understanding about the entrenched problems of racial inequality.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 7 as we convene a First Wednesdays panel in West Lafayette to discuss racial justice and policing.

Black Lives Matter: Diving Deeper into A Movement
Wed., Sept. 7, 12-1 p.m.
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
West Lafayette Public Library
208 W Columbia Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

The event is FREE and open to the public, and is part of our statewide First Wednesdays series. Smart, civil and only an hour.

Our panel includes moderator Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal & Courier; Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Marlo David and Na’eemah Webb of Purdue University and West Lafayette Police Department Chief Jason Dombkowski.

Hope to see you there!