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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Nepal Government introduces draconian code of conduct for I/

[b]Nepal Government introduces draconian code of conduct for I/NGOs[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 11 November, ([/b]The government Thursday issued a controversial code of conduct that severely restricts the functioning of NGOs and INGOs operating in the country, despite strong protests from within and outside the country.

The code of conduct made public during a press meet Thursday bars the organizations from making public the information they acquire. This provision prevents the organizations from exposing rights violations from the state or organized bodies.

An emergency meeting of NGO Federation Thursday evening decided to defy the code of conduct throughout the country. "The code of conduct is an attempt to transform non-government organizations into government organizations," said Dr Arjun Karki, President of the federation. "It violates the constitution and international covenants to which Nepal is signatory."

The code of conduct requires that all I/NGOs operate in coordination with government programs and local government agencies. It bars the organizations from using their resources in areas other than those stated, requires them to make their assistance transparent, bans them from engaging in political activities and puts a ceiling of two terms for chiefs of such organizations.

Amnesty International, International Federation of INGOs, the European Union and International Commission of Jurists have already decried the code of conduct even before its enforcement.

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