First modification: 24/01/2023 – 23:30Last modification: 01/24/2023 – 23:29
Caracas (AFP) – The Venezuelan Parliament, with an official majority, approved this Tuesday, in its first discussion, a law that will regulate the operation of non-governmental organizations, considering that many of these are “appendages” of the United States government.
“They began with social, humanitarian purposes, but today the NGOs that operate in our country have to do exclusively, almost all, with the political sphere, with the precise purpose of generating destabilization in our country,” said Congressman Diosdado Cabello, a powerful leader of chavismo.
From the outset, he said that they manage a list of 62 non-governmental organizations “that operate for absolutely political purposes” and are financed by countries like the United States, considered the main enemy of the administration of President Nicolás Maduro.
“Those who do not owe it do not fear it,” said Cabello in charge of promoting the “Law for the control, regularization, action and financing of non-governmental and related organizations.”
The bill will be submitted to a “people’s consultation” to take it to a second discussion. No date was set for this step.
“If you are a real NGO that is dedicated to social and humanitarian work, do you have anything to fear? No, you can register, they can review your financing, your financing any day you want, you can follow up, audit without any kind of inconvenient because you don’t owe it,” Cabello remarked.
The proposal presented by Cabello was approved in the first discussion by the Chavista majority of the unicameral National Assembly.
After being submitted to a consultation, it will go to a second discussion, said the head of Parliament, Jorge Rodríguez.
The opposition deputy Luis Brito, maintained that because of “a few freeloaders” who have diverted the “humanitarian and altruistic purpose” they cannot “all pay, just for sinners.”
However, he considers that “no one can oppose a registration, inspection and accountability to the country where it operates.”
In Venezuela, many NGOs have assumed tasks such as collecting data on inflation, poverty rates and epidemiological data due to the lack of official figures or their opacity.
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