Over­seas NGO rules clar­i­fied

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le­git­i­mately es­tab­lished out­side the Chi­nese main­land and be able to bear civil li­a­bil­ity in­de­pen­dently, and they must have op­er­ated for at least two years be­fore ap­ply­ing to set up an of­fice on the main­land.

Also re­quired for registration are the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s char­ter, the source of its fund­ing and its planned lo­ca­tion on the main­land. Also, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive in China must not have a crim­i­nal record.

While reg­is­ter­ing, an over­seas NGO should spec­ify the re­gion where it plans to con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties in China, ei­ther within a sin­gle pro­vin­cial-level re­gion or across more than one such re­gion. The area should be in line with its scope of busi­ness and ac­tual needs, the guide­line says.

Liu Taigang, a pro­fes­sor of gov­er­nance at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said clearer, more trans­par­ent rules for the per­for­mance of NGOs have been in­tro­duced, which is an im­por­tant step in ad­vanc­ing the rule of law.

“Since the guide­line was made pub­lic, it is more con­ve­nient for par­ties con­cerned to get ac­cess to the de­tailed in­for­ma­tion. It clearly ex­plains the cri­te­ria for set­ting up a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice, lists all the doc­u­ments needed for registration and pro­vides even the tele­phone num­ber of the man­age­ment of­fice for NGOs un­der the Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­istry,” he said.

On Nov 8, the min­istry and the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau or­ga­nized a meet­ing to brief con­sulates about the rules.

The law caused some con­cern among over­seas NGOs dur­ing its draft­ing, since they wor­ried that their operations and ac­tiv­i­ties would be re­stricted.

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