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US State Dept. gets involved in drafting local NGO law

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May 14 (Daily Mirror) -  The U.S. State Department has sought to intervene in the drafting of Sri Lanka's new piece of legislation that, if enacted, will provide for the registration of both local and international NGOs in the country, a top source said yesterday.

The final draft of the law titled ‘Non-governmental Organizations (Registration and Supervision) Bill is now pending with the Attorney General for certification before being announced in the gazette notification and then presented to Parliament for enactment. At the moment, there are 1,786 registered NGOs operating at national level, 1,636 at district levels and 38,524 at divisional levels.

The new law will provide for the registration of all the NGOs under one body to be set up. A top source familiar with the process told the Daily Mirror that the U.S. State Department sent in some recommendations to be incorporated in the proposed local bill including some clauses in the freedom of association. “In our bill, we had some restrictions in this regard. We incorporated recommendations from the US which calls for freedom of association,” the source said.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu, during his recent visit to Sri Lanka, met with the representatives and sought, among others, a general overview of the possible implications of the proposed law.

US advocates for transparent, inclusive lawmaking in Sri Lanka - Embassy spokesman

In response to Daily Mirror query, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Colombo yesterday said the United States continues to join likeminded partners in advocating publicly and privately to Sri Lankan government and civil society partners for an open, consultative process in which the government drafts legislation that reflects full stakeholder input and international best practices, and that does not stifle freedom of association or expression.


  Comments - 24

  • Uncle Sam Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:51 AM

    I KNOW THE LAW PUTHA !!!

    Neville Jayakody Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:13 AM

    Can we Sri Lankans get involved in drafting US legislation? Are we part of US or a sovereign country? Is our legislators are so dumb to allow that to happen?

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 15 May 2024 11:13 AM

    Neville, when the country concerned is a tiny, insignificant shithole country like Sri Lanka, governed by highly corrupt rulers, with men who send their mothers, wives and daughters to work as slaves in other nations, a country that goes around with a begging bowl while in serious debt to other countries, they have to just shut up and do as they are told. There is absolutely nothing for a Sri Lankan to be proud of today. Successive governments have destroyed it. Empty pride is all that we have at the moment.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 15 May 2024 11:36 AM

    Our legislators are so dumb to formulate a sensible law that it is for the benefit of the general public and not for the benefit of the corrupt crooks in parliament and government. Sri Lanka should be grateful for such professional help.

    Don Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:07 PM

    Hey.. Beggers cannot demand. There are no such sovereign countries in the world. Wake up.

    WE NEED MORE NGO'S LOCALLY AND FROM ABROAD TO HELP THE POOR AND SUFFERING. CAN WE HAVE A LOCAL NGO OPENING FOOD BANKS FOR THE POOR IN COLOMBO AND THE VILLAGES Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:03 PM

    GREAT NEWS. SOME DECISION-MAKING POLITICIANS HAVE DONE SWEET NOTHING FOR THE MAJORITY OF US, OTHER THAN FEATHERING THEIR OWN NESTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND OR THEIR STOOGES. CORRUPTION IS AROUND LIKE WILDFIRE RESULTING IN THE COUNTRY BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES AND THE GUILTY ARE OUT FREE LIVING THEIR LIVES. WE NEED OUR NG0'S TO BE ABLE TO DELIVER THE AID AND SERVICES WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM GOVERNMENT AND THE RED TAPE ETC.

    Sandy Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:15 AM

    Americans are interfering everywhere and creating trouble.

    Gayan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:43 AM

    USA is bankrolling these NGOs. They are manipulating the law to have effective control of these NGOs legally.

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:24 AM

    US State Deartment a Non-governmental Organization? NGOs are distinguished from international and intergovernmental organizations (IOs) in that the latter are more directly involved with sovereign states and their governments.

    Sam Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:38 AM

    99% of the NGO's does all the dirty work of Western countries, spying in countries are done by NGO workers. Tell the USA government to get out.

    Gona Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:44 AM

    Diplomatic colonisation, simple as that

    Hawkeye Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:42 PM

    As long as we have RW and his like-minded bevy of beauties [I use the word mindful of its implications] we will be imposed upon, lectured to and ordered by the US and the EU and sundry other white-skins. This is our destiny ... till they are politely told to depart

    nihal weerawardane Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:42 PM

    THEY WILL DESTROY THIS COUNTRY AGAIN AND AGAIN -

    MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:44 PM

    I don't like the US foreign policy and the use of VETO when all other nations untied against certain genocide. Shall WE change the law??

    MirakRajBanda Wednesday, 15 May 2024 12:44 PM

    I don't like the US foreign policy and the use of VETO when all other nations untied against certain genocide. Shall WE change the law??

    Forrest Gump Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:10 PM

    The primary reason Sri Lanka will never develop is due to idiotic people like these commentators criticizing this involvement. Our people are so stupid they wouldn't know a good thing even if it bit you on the arse. "Stupid is as stupid does..."

    shan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:15 PM

    Sri Lanka must safeguard its sovereignty and only Sri Lankans should formulate any laws that govern Sri Lankan (full stop).

    Sammy Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:16 PM

    China, India, USA! Who next to conduct Sri Lankan affairs? Have all the good guys left? I don't think so.

    Shera Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:29 PM

    This is great. The USA gets everything down to a science. They are the largest charitable givers to the world and non profits are big part of the American culture and system. Learn from them and be grateful. That's all it takes.

    shan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:12 PM

    You must be joking...

    Millenium Ghosts Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:48 PM

    ..so that the peace corps can come marching in again and create geo political tensions

    sach Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:27 PM

    The primary reason for the decline of Sri Lanka is the NGO industry. They work for foreign interventionists and always undermine SL's interests. Sri Lanka has now gone bankrupt thanks to them and will in near future cease to exist as a country. SL need to control NGOs. We bring legislation to avoid US and other foreign intervention. It is laughable if US itself mediates in such NGO laws. It speaks volumes about the re-colonization through NGOs.

    Kevin Thursday, 16 May 2024 03:36 AM

    Registering NGOs is a good move. Never knew SL had over 40,000 NGOs! That's massive. Adding freedom of association won't change much because it is already recognized in the Constitution. Don't we know how it works! Every country now has laws controlling NGOs. It is the norm. Well done SL.

    Bandu Thursday, 16 May 2024 08:58 AM

    Sadly SL has become a beggar. Whats next USA may select who should run the country.


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