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Politics 2019-07-15T05:43:07+03:00
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Freedom House And Transparency International Object To Law Mandating Members Of Anti-Corruption Public Organiz

Freedom House And Transparency International Object To Law Mandating Members Of Anti-Corruption Public Organizations To File E-Declarations

Freedom House, an international non-government organization, criticizes the law signed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko that mandates members of anti-corruption public organizations to file electronic asset declarations.

Freedom House gave the position in its press release, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"Ukraine's passage of intrusive reporting requirements targeting anti-corruption activists and NGOs undermines their work, which is essential for restoring public trust in the government," the press release quotes Marc Behrendt, director of Eurasia programs at Freedom House, as saying.

"The new requirements protect politicians unhappy with public scrutiny and allow them to retaliate against those involved in anti-corruption investigations. Moreover, the law appears to violate standards established by the Council of Europe, which prohibit arbitrary and discriminatory intrusion into independent civil society activity," reads the press release.

At the same time, the Transparency International anticorruption non-government organization calls for immediate cancellation of an obligation to submit electronic declarations by members of anticorruption non-government organizations.

Transparency International has said this in a statement with the reference to its head, Jose Ugaz.

According to the report, the anticorruption activists cannot be subject to the Law of Ukraine on e-declaration as their activity is not financed by the state.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on March 27, President Poroshenko has signed a law that mandates members of anti-corruption public organizations to file electronic asset declarations.

However, as the requirement for members of anti-corruption public organizations to file electronic asset declarations will enter into effect in 2018, Poroshenko supported the idea that it is necessary to create a working group with the participation of representatives of public organizations, parliamentary deputies, and the Presidential Administration to agree changes to the relevant law.


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