Friday, June 19, 2009

Nonprofit Laws in Azerbaijan and Russia

In Azerbaijan, proposed amendments to the law would impose new restrictions on non-governmental organizations could force numerous local and international NGOs in Azerbaijan to cease operations. Part of the proposal is a requirement that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) limit their foreign funding to 50 percent. Experts say this would create a situation in which almost every foreign-funded NGO would be in non-compliance with the law. Click here to view the report in Eurasianet

In Russia, on the other hand, the New York Times reports that legislation was introduced on Wednesday to ease some of the strict regulatory burdens on nonprofit groups, in particular human rights organizations.

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