The Parliament is urged not to support the draft law on the interference with the work of non-governmental organizations

The human rights organization Freedom House condemns the draft law No.5318 introduced by MP Yuriy Derevyanko, which obliges employees of anti-corruption non-governmental organizations in Ukraine to submit declarations.

It is stated on website of the organization.

“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should reject the draft law, which under the guise of “transparency” will result in intrusive state control over non-governmental organizations, activists and members of their families”, the director of the Freedom House office in Ukraine Matthew Schaaf is convinced in.

He believes that a legislative initiative makes the anti-corruption organization potential targets for intimidation and harassment by the authorities.

The Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine is also concerned about the MP’s initiative. The EU considers that Ukraine has overcome an important milestone with the electronic declaration but the draft law No.5318 is “directed against these achievements”.

“The anti-corruption non-governmental organization is not equated to public officials”, – the diplomatic mission explained.

According to the draft law, the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) is to create a list of public organizations engaged in activities related to preventing and combating corruption. Employees and others, who receive funds from such organizations, including advisors, will be obliged to submit a public declaration of income and assets, as well as to declare their incomes.

According to MP Yuriy Derevyanko, the law should protect against “fake activists” , and will encourage international donors “to help more if they knew that everything was accountable and transparent” .

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