The leader of Primero Justicia Dinorah Figuera warned that this bill against NGOs “seeks to silence” unions, teachers, unions and human rights defenders selectively. She promised to address the issue at the next session of the National Assembly 2015
The president of the 2015 National Assembly, Dinorah Figuera, described as a “new Gag Law” the project approved on the afternoon of January 24 to monitor the operation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and related organizations.
The project, presented by Diosdado Cabello (PSUV) at the Chavista majority parliament, establishes the mandatory registration of NGOs, associations, foundations and other entities; as well as the report of private donations, whether from nationals or foreigners, under penalty of sanctions and fines ranging from 50 to 200 petros (12,000 dollars).
Figuera assured, in a video sent to the media on Tuesday, that “this tome of law, which has supposedly been legislated by an illegitimate AN, seeks to criminalize citizen training in matters of human rights, food, social learning and citizen with whom the Venezuelan population has benefited”.
The leader of Primero Justicia also warned that this action “seeks to silence” unions, teachers, unions and human rights defenders selectively. “This is why we call on all democratic parliaments, NGOs around the world, and Venezuelans to reject this new wave of intimidation that is directed at everything that smacks of community organization and freedom of conscience.”
The parliamentarian, who promised to discuss the issue at the next session of the AN 2015, stated that this Bill “is nothing more than State terrorism and it must stop, we will carry out all actions to support these organizations.”
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