International Cooperation Law news and links

Below is a collection of news and opinion articles published in November and December 2010 as passage of an “International Cooperation Law” again became a topic of discussion in Venezuela.

Following an event to “protect Venezuelan sovereignty in the face of imperial aggression” held in the National Assembly’s sacred Elliptical Hall and broadcast in cadena nacional* (featuring proclamations by Eva Golinger and President Chavez), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Roy Daza promised to bring the 2006 law before the committee for revision and subsequent passage by the full National Assembly in second discussion.

As of December 8, some discussions had taken place in the Foreign Relations Committee, but a revised version of the law had neither been presented publicly nor passed out of committee to the full National Assembly.

Articles are presented in chronological order and divided into news and analysis sections:


Peñaloza, Pedro Pablo. “National Assembly to limit funds for NGOs involved in politics.” El Universal. 25 Nov 2010.

Toothaker, Christopher. “Venezuelan NGOs fear restrictions on foreign funds.” The Associated Press. 25 Nov 2010.

“Act on international cooperation to strengthen Venezuela’s sovereignty.” Venezuelan News Agency. 29 Nov 2010.

“Law on International Cooperation Will Not Ban Financing of NGOs.” Venezuelan News Agency. 1 Dec 2010.

“NGOs concerned by the effects of proposed law on international cooperation.” Jesuit Refugee Service. 2 Dec 2010.

“Reporters without Borders casts doubts on the Bill on International Cooperation.” El Universal. 2 Dec 2010.

“Venezuela’s NGOs fear new law will stifle civil society, curb freedom of expression.” Democracy Digest. 6 Dec 2010.


“The Plan Goes, Come Hell or High Water.” VenEconomy. 27 Nov 2010.

O’Donoghue, Patrick J. “There are NGOs and NGOs… government needs to discern.” VHeadline. 29 Nov 2010.

“Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion.” Reporters without Borders. 2 Dec 2010.

“Venezuela National Assembly examines International Cooperation Law.” The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). 2 Dec 2010.

“IACHR concerned over international cooperation initiative in Venezuela.” Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). 3 Dec 2010.

*Cadena nacional – Mandatory nationwide blanket broadcast on all domestic broadcast and cable television and radio channels.

About Roberto Silvers

Roberto Silvers is a US American living, working and writing about politics, democracy and culture in Caracas, Venezuela. He has a blog and a comedy news show. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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