Amendments to Azerbaijan's Law on NGOs not to restrict activity of NGOs
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /
Suggested to the Law on Non-Governmental Organizations, the additions and amendments will not restrict the activities of NGOs, the ruling party of Azerbaijan said.
"Just against, these amendments will create conditions for the preservation of transparency, systematic activities of NGOs in the country," the press-service of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (PEA) told Trend on June 25 in connection with the meeting of NAP Deputy Chairman Ali Ahmadov with adviser on political affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan Joan Hansen.
Certain period ago, the Council for State Support to NGOs prepared and submitted to the Parliament a proposal to amend the Law on NGOs.
According to one of the amendments, to be considered as a fully functioning organization, the NGO must have branches and offices, which include at least 1/3 of the administrative territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Another amendment says that according to a court decision, the founders of NGOs, which was liquidated due to violations of the law, can not create other non-governmental organizations within five years.
According to the project, NGOs can not function without passing the registration as a legal entity.
The changes also envisage a ban on the formation of more than 50 percent of the assets of NGOs at the expense of external sources.
Hansen asked Ahmadov to provide information on the changes and additions regarding funding and further activities of NGOs, which were discussed in the Parliament and society.
"Ahmadov gave detailed information on amendments proposed in connection with the financing of NGOs, which were made by the parliamentary committee on legal policy. Ahmadov said that the amendments will create conditions for adequate and directed use of funds allocated to NGOs from the budget," the report says.
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