EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

AZERBAIJAN: NGO LAW PASSED

Posted by Info on 01/07/2009

Azerbaijan’s parliament has adopted a somewhat liberalized version of legislation that sets new limits on the country’s non-governmental organizations.

The new bill does not include one of the most controversial original provisions — limitations on foreign funding to a maximum of 50 percent of an NGO’s total budget, according to the Vesti news service. The new legislation allows foreign-based NGOs to work in Azerbaijan only on the basis of intergovernmental agreements, the Vesti report added.

A handful of Azerbaijani NGOs activists gathered in front of parliament to protest the legislation, but law enforcement personnel quickly dispersed the demonstration.

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