Pakistan requires international non-government organizations (INGOs) to register in order to operate in the country. After the recent passage of new registration requirements, 149 NGOs submitted registration requests and 27 were rejected for “working in contradiction to their objectives.” Many NGOs that were rejected included organizations working for missing persons and women rights’. Many believe the rejections are another way that Pakistan is clamping down on human rights.
01/06/2018 Pakistan (Dawn) – Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday expressed concern over the government’s move to ban international non-government organisations (INGOs) without the presence of relevant legislation in this regard.
The matter was taken up after the interior ministry presented a report before the committee regarding the recently implemented ban on INGOs.
While briefing the committee, the ministry officials said that the interior ministry had received registration requests from 149 NGOs, out of which 27 registration requests had been rejected and six NGOs did not respond to the questions asked by the ministry.
“Some NGOs had been working in contradiction to their objectives,” the officials said, adding that the organisations can file appeals against the rejection with the ministry.
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