NGOs in China Say Threatened by New Donor Rules
March 16, 2010
New rules that came into effect March 1 require non-governmental organizations working in China to show proof that overseas donors are registered in their home countries. Faith-based groups also must get approval from the State Religious Affairs Bureau for any donation exceeding 1 million yuan (US $146,000). The rules were posted on the Web site of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, which normally has little to do with NGOs.
Wan Yanhai, a Beijing-based AIDS activist, said the new requirements will affect tens of thousands of groups that rely primarily on overseas money. However, that figure cannot be verified, in part because no one knows how many NGOs are working in China. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, approximately 400,000 groups are registered. But a report published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has estimated the total number could be 3 million.
03.12.2010; Cara Anna
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