Transparency Concerns Over China’s U.N. NGO Proposal

Transparency Concerns Over China’s U.N. NGO Proposal

Following the failure of a Chinese proposal to allow anonymous opposition to NGOs’ accreditation at the U.N., The New York Times’ Bree Feng describes broader efforts to suppress civil society participation:

At accreditation sessions in the past, nongovernmental organizations seeking to gain status as consultative bodies to the United Nations have been asked about their sources of funding or their activities within certain countries. Once the organizations are accredited, they can provide recommendations to the United Nations.

[…] China has restricted the scope of advocacy groups domestically. It has also been accused of sending groups to the United Nations to promote China’s interests under the guise of acting as nongovernmental organizations. Its proposal came just before China assumed the rotating monthlong presidency of the 15-member United Nations Security Council.

[…] China “has pushed hard in recent years for anti-civil society measures in every negotiation on high-level meetings of the General Assembly,” [the International Service for Human Rights’ Michelle Evans] said in an email. Along with other countries, it has been able to do this by invoking a measure called the “no-objection procedure,” which allows individual member states to bar the participation of nongovernmental organizations at meetings. [Source]

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