Ukraine: Parliament Should Reject Intrusive NGO Measure
In response to a draft law that would require anti-corruption organizations in Ukraine and their staff members to make detailed financial disclosures to authorities, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Ukraine’s Rada should reject the draft law that under the guise of ‘transparency' would bring intrusive government monitoring of NGOs, activists, and their families,” said Matthew Schaaf, project director for Ukraine and Eurasia LGBTI Initiatives. “The measure, draft law 5318, makes anti-corruption organizations potential targets for government intimidation and harassment.”
Draft law 5318, introduced by Rada Deputy Yuri Derevyanko on October 28, calls for the National Anticorruption Bureau to develop a list of civic organizations working on preventing or combating corruption. Employees and others paid by the organizations, such as consultants, would be required to submit public declarations of income and assets as well as provide declarations of the income and assets of their family members, much the same as Rada Deputies, judges, and other government officials are now required. Derevyanko told reporters the law targeted “fake activists” and would encourage international donors to “contribute more, if they knew that everything was accountable and transparent.”
Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015, and receives a democracy score of 4.68 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2016.
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