Law approved blocking international funding of NGOs in Venezuela (El Universal)

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The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) abstained from voting on the grounds that the law goes against a principle of international support in which the party has always believed. The Fatherland for All (Patria Para Todos, PPT) also abstained.

Caracas .- Tonight, the Venezuelan National Assembly passed (in second discussion), the “Law in Defense of National Sovereignty and Self-Determination.”

The instrument passed in first discussion Wednesday of last week, according the Venezuela News Service (AVN).

The law is made up of 10 articles, preventing, among other things, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), movements and political parties from receiving any type of international funding.

According to the explanatory memorandum presented by the governing PSUV party caucus, the law is intended to protect the exercise of political sovereignty and national self-determination from foreign interference, “which means that financial contributions to political organizations dedicated to defending political rights or those engaged in political activities can threaten the stability and functioning of the institutions of the Republic of Venezuela, “according to Article 1.

The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) abstained from voting on the grounds that the law goes against a principle of international support that the party has always believed in. The Fatherland for All (Patria Para Todos, PPT) also abstained. The parliamentary bloc including the Yes We Can (Podemos) party and the Humanist and Ecological Front (Frente Humanista y Econlógico) spoke out against the law.

By Maria de Lourdes Vasquez

Originally published December 21, 2010 at 11:50pm

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