Unfavorable reforms of Act 02-2003 because these NGOs are trying to surrender to Mingob

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Civil society organizations oppose the reforms of the Decree 02-2003 of the law of non-governmental organizations for development planned at the plenary session of the Congress of the Republic, tomorrow, Wednesday, the 13th, because they believe that it is the rights violates free organization and freedom of expression.

According to Helmer Velásquez, civil society representative against corruption and impunity, the disagreement begins with the proposed amendment to Article 6 of the NGO Act, which states that the members of these organizations are responsible for the obligations of this "with their inheritance" , which discourages associativity, he said.

"Nobody wants to be connected to an entity because they can lose their assets, it is not even applied to corrupt officials, it seems to us that the social organization is being punished and it is an attack on the heritage of our employees, that in the majority people who do not have a salary and associate them with their own will, "Velásquez said.

The reforms include for national NGOs registration at the secretariat for planning and programming of the presidency (Segeplan) and at the superintention of tax administrations (SAT), which they already do for international NGOs, adds a third. registration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minex).

"This bureaucratises the registration process and makes international NGOs more complicated with a third registration, which complicates the social organization," said Velasquez.

Velásquez added that the reform project implies that every donation must be reported to Minex within 30 days of receipt if the source is external.

Article 22 considers the authority of the Ministry of the Interior to qualify if the NGOs comply with their statutes or not. "For example, a public expression of a certain policy can be understood as not falling within our statutes and that could be a reason for cancellation, which violates free speech," he said.

"It is easy to understand that our activities of rejecting the corrupt pact can be understood as a change in public order and oppress us," concluded the interviewee.