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Brazil to supervise action of foreign NGOs
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10:17, July 05, 2008

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Brazilian Ministry of Justice issued a decree on Friday ordering the re-registration of all foreign non-governmental organizations that operate in the country.

There will be severe rules for the operation of foreign NGOs in Brazil, according to Brazilian Minister of Justice Tarso Genro.

He said President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would sign, until the end of July, a decree requiring that all NGOs, foreign and domestic, clarify their objectives and present a plan of action.

Genro said it was a policy to separate the good ones from the bad. "We want to separate the wheat from the chaff."

Romeu Tuma Jr, National Secretary of Justice, said there are currently 167 foreign NGOs operating in Brazil, with 27 operating in the northwestern state of Amazon.

Investigations carried out by Brazilian government have revealed that some of those NGOs are involved with bio-piracy and have bought land in frontier areas.

The new decree demands that all foreign NGOs that keep offices and employees in Brazil must declare their aims and work plans, describe where and how they operate and identify all its directors and employees.

Thus, Brazilian authorities will know who finances the NGOs, Genro said, adding that the purpose of the new decree is to give the government some control.

Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) will be responsible for the supervision of the NGOs.

Source: Xinhua

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