Venezuela’s National Assembly approves first reading of bill to regulate NGOs

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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday passed a first reading of a bill to regulate and inspect non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the South American country, which has caused uproar among activists. If the bill is passed into law following a second reading – promised to come quickly by National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez – advocacy groups fear it will silence Venezuela’s NGOs and stop them from carrying out their work with new threats and intimidation. The legislative project is gathering pace while Venezuela waits for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rig…

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