President urged not to assent bill on foreign-funded NGOs
Staff Correspondent: Local and international non-government organisations working in Bangladesh requested the president of the republic not to assent the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2016 which was passed on 5thOctober this year at the parliament.
At a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, they also urged to amend the bill upon discussion with all NGO representatives and other stakeholders, scraping the section 14 of the act and other undemocratic, risky and imaginary sections of the act.
The section 14 of the bill empowered the government to reject registration of NGOs for making ‘derogatory and livid’ comments on the constitution and constitutional institutions.
Reading a written statement of the NGOs working in Bangladesh, Transparency International Bangladesh chairperson Sultana Kamal said the section 14 would make risk of scraping constitutional and fundamental rights of freedom of expression and conscience and freedom and organisation.
‘We urge the president not to permit the bill’, she said.
She alleged that the government actually wanted to control the NGOs and other voluntary activities in the name of transparency and accountability of the NGOs’ expenditure of foreign donations.