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Parliament approves nine articles of Law that regulates NGOs

Representative Zerpa reiterated that regularization is essential for transparency in the management of resources

The National Assembly (AN) approved this Tuesday in second discussion nine articles of the Draft Law on Supervision, Regularization, Performance and Financing of Non-Governmental and Related Organizations (NGO).

When starting the debate on the issue, the deputy for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Julio García Zerpa emphasized that a clear standard is warranted regarding the management of resources, as well as their use.

“It is important for our country to know that a nation that is being besieged by the main military power, by the United States of America, by different countries that have decided to attack the institutions, deserves to establish a regulatory framework that defines what the rules are through the which Non-Governmental Organizations and non-profit organizations can receive financing, have a margin of action and also accountability,” he said.

García Zerpa commented that other countries have legislated on this matter, and for this legislative project in Venezuela, comparative law studies were carried out that allow us to explain its need and approval. He announced that, in the Public Consultation, various sectors, non-governmental organizations of all types, national and transnational institutions participated, and all contributed their ideas and suggestions.

In this regard, he denounced that non-governmental organizations that receive financing from the Simón Bolívar Foundation of the Citgo company, created by Commander Hugo Chávez Frías to attend to surgical interventions for boys, girls and adolescents, were even involved in the consultation, an institution that is now illegally managed by sectors of far-right political parties, says the state channel.

“NGOs of all kinds were present in this National Assembly, national and transnational, and we could say -president-, that some of those that participated receive financing from the Simón Bolívar Foundation, which is dependent on Citgo, and whose purpose is to undertake high-quality operations. cost especially on boys and girls (...), and that Foundation today is managed by sectors of Voluntad Popular and in addition, there are some NGOs, such as Convite, that receive financing whose funds are illegally managed by these institutions," he emphasized.

The parliamentarian added that they have reports indicating that more than 80 percent of the so-called NGOs do not have legal personality. “This catches our attention (…) we have reports that tell us that more than 80% of the resources received by these so-called non-governmental organizations, which also some do not even have legal personality, which is part of what is legislated in this standard , do not exist before the registry, in this case the Saren, but they receive large amounts of millions of dollars. “They are a vest, a cap, a motto, a website and they receive significant amounts of millions of dollars,” he warned.

For her part, the AD representative, Anyelith Tamayo, said on behalf of sectors of the “Democratic Alliance”, including Copei, El Cambio, Cambiemos and Primero Venezuela, that they agree to approve this law in its second discussion “because We have openly participated in the debate, in the internal policy commission” and sent a “message of calm” to the NGOs that do good to the country, “that this does not harm us in any way.”

“We have to agree with the issue of regularization, with the issue of inspection. Why not agree with being accountable for public financing? Yes, we have to speak clearly to the country, we say Yes, we believe that a bill like this is necessary for us to be able to say and strengthen our political and democratic system.”

Even though he later warned that the law cannot be used against “those who think differently,” and must be attached to the Constitution, he said that it should be directed “to those people and those organizations that, as the deputy who preceded me said, , they use NGOs as a front to receive financing from the United States or another foreign power and destabilize our political and democratic system. This has to be directed at these NGOs that generate hatred, that do not generate peace in the country, this has to also be directed, of course, at these organizations that come to sow this bad environment in the country that, of course, is not what this democratic alliance wants.”

“That is why we are not going to accept the guachafita of some sector that hides under the facades of an organization to destabilize the country, but we are not going to agree that this is an instrument to persecute, I insist. Non-governmental organizations, if you have all your issues in order and continue doing good for the country, you will also count on this Democratic Alliance,” he concluded.

For the next ordinary session, the approval in second discussion of the Draft Law on Supervision, Regularization, Performance and Financing of Non-Governmental and Related Organizations (NGOs) was deferred.

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