Proposed Legislation In Myanmar Would Require Greater Oversight Of NGOs, U.N. Agencies, Raising Fears Of Restrictions
Washington Post: Burma considers law that could restrict work of United Nations, nongovernmental groups
“Burma’s government, struggling to handle accusations of ethnic cleansing over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims, is contemplating legislation that would seek greater oversight of the work of international nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, prompting concerns of a crackdown on their activities. The Draft Law on International Non-Governmental Organizations, a copy of which was reviewed by the Washington Post, contains a vague definition of the groups it would regulate, proposes monitoring of aid groups’ work by Burmese staff, and provides the affected organizations with few safeguards against the government suspending their work. This has led some groups to fear it could be used to restrict their work in Burma, which is also known as Myanmar…” (McLaughlin, 3/18).