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The Venezuelan NGO Provea highlighted its concern on Wednesday after the National Assembly of that country, with a Chavista majority, approved on Tuesday in the first discussion a law that, in its opinion, establishes stricter controls so that these organizations carry out their work.
Provea assured on Twitter that the project – called the Law for the control, regularization, action and financing of non-governmental and related organizations – seeks to “silence those who denounce the serious violations of human rights in Venezuela while the protests for decent wages and pensions continue. in the country".
Provea is a pioneer organization in the defense of human rights in Venezuela that has denounced the regime of President Nicolás Maduro for the repression of the protests that occurred during his term.
Some of these cases have served as the basis for the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for the possible commission of crimes against humanity committed in the demonstrations that occurred in 2017.
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Provea assures that Maduro's National Assembly seeks to outlaw NGOs in Venezuela with this new law, despite all the laws that they already comply with and respect.
For her part, the president of the NGO Control Ciudadano para la Seguridad, la Defensa y la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Rocío San Miguel, warned on Twitter before the plenary session that culminated in the half sanction that, although the content is unknown, the The objective of the project is to eliminate the largest number of NGOs in Venezuela.
During the presentation of the project in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the deputy and vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, assured that there are 62 NGOs that have political purposes in Venezuela.
In the parliamentarian's opinion, these organizations are "appendages of imperialism throughout the world", which began "with social and humanitarian purposes, but which today seek to destabilize the country."
The approval of this law is part of an old desire of Chavismo, which will celebrate 24 years in power on February 2, to control the work of these NGOs, which on many occasions challenge the official narrative.
Part of the international cooperation funds also finance the dwindling free press that remains in the country, mainly concentrated on the Internet.
In 2006, a project on international cooperation had already been approved in the first discussion, but on that occasion the proposal did not advance to the final debate.
For its final approval, the law must be discussed a second time, now article by article, before being sanctioned and published in the Official Gazette for compliance.
This debate does not have a defined date so far.
In this regard, the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, assured that it will be "in peremptory time."
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