Guatemala: UN High Commissioner Bachelet Concerned About Possible Approval Of Law Restricting NGOs


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New Release from the UNHCHR:
Guatemala: Bachelet concerned about possible approval of law restricting NGOs
GENEVA (6 March 2019) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday expressed concern about the possible approval by the Guatemalan Congress of a bill amending the Law on Non-Governmental Organizations for Development, that would greatly limit the work of human rights defenders and civil society in general.

The draft bill, which is scheduled to undergo a third reading today, introduces requirements and administrative controls for national and international NGOs that in practice could be applied in a discretionary or arbitrary manner to limit the exercise of the civil society organizations.

“I regret that Congress has continued with the process of approving this amendment despite its inconsistencies with international human rights standards, and despite the technical advice provided by my Office, and serious concerns expressed by UN independent experts and civil society,”…

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