tirsdag 2. august 2016

China proposes tightening grip on NGOs

China is proposing a further tightening of regulations on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including demanding that they publicize specific information like funding and membership or face being banned. Western governments and rights groups have lambasted a law passed in April aimed at foreign NGOs, saying it treats the groups as a criminal threat and would effectively force many out of the country.

Draft rules released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday, and reported by state media late the same day, are a bid to "safeguard people's freedom to set up social groups and better protect these groups' interests", the ministry said. Chinese social groups, such as NGOs working on environmental protection or health matters, must publicly disclose details of their members and leaders, and donations they get, the ministry said. Read more