China Im­poses Curbs on For­eign NGOs

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Beijing: China passed a con­tro­ver­sial new law Thurs­day giv­ing po­lice wide-rang­ing pow­ers over over­seas char­i­ties and ban­ning them from re­cruit­ing mem­bers or rais­ing funds in the coun­try, prompt­ing an im­me­di­ate out­cry. The law on over­seas NGO’s has pro­voked con­cerns from char­i­ties and for­eign gov­ern­ments that it hands po­lice dis­cre­tionary pow­ers amid a gov­ern­ment crack­down on civil so­ci­ety. At least 1,000 for­eign NGOs are thought to op­er­ate in China, in­clud­ing devel­op­ment char­i­ties such as Save the Chil­dren, and ad­vo­cacy groups like Green­peace, cham­bers of com­merce and univer­sity cen­tres. The law, which comes into force in Jan­uary, gives po­lice the right to ap­prove the reg­is­tra­tion of all for­eign NGOs, ac­cord­ing to a text dis­trib­uted by the NPC. AFP

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