‘Halt moves against civil bodies’

Kathmandu

Jun 23, 2018-

The Global Civil Society Alliance (CIVICUS) has expressed its grave concern over the proposed requirement for NGOs to get prior permission for taking donations.

The proposed National Integrity Policy is expected to be approved soon. “The Nepali government must immediately drop this restrictive policy that would impose onerous reporting requirements for civil society, restrict freedom of expression and which will stifle the vital work of civil society in Nepal,” said Josef Benedict, CIVICUS civic space research officer, in a statement on Friday.

Civic space—the space in which civil society operates—in Nepal is rated as “obstructed” by the CIVICUS Monitor, a tool that tracks threats to civil societies around the world.“Freedom of association is a fundamental human right that is crucial to the functioning of a democracy,” CIVICUS stated.

“Instead, the Nepal government should introduce measures to foster a safe and enabling environment in which civil society can operate free from hindrance and insecurity,” Benedict was quoted as saying. (PR)

Published: 23-06-2018 06:55

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