Peru’s NGO Bill Threatens Human Rights – HRW

HRW, 8 January 2007.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised  a Bill in Peru’s Congress that paves the way for the government to interfere with the activities of NGOs.

In a letter sent to President Alan García, the organisation says the  Bill, which is under intense debate in Congress after CSOs, the press and religious institutions expressed strong opposition to its terms, will undermine human rights protections in that country.

If approved in its present form, the bill would give a government agency, the Peruvian Agency of International Cooperation (APCI), the power to supervise NGOs, including human rights NGOs, in accordance with national development policy and the public interest.

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