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Membership

Challenges


The following problems regarding membership of non-governmental organisations exist:

  • prohibitions on children, convicted persons, legal persons, non-nationals and public officials belonging to non-governmental organisations that are absolute or unsupported by relevant and sufficient reasons;
  • prohibitions on belonging to non-governmental organisation outside one's country of residence and/or nationality that are absolute or unsupported by relevant and sufficient reasons. Compulsion to admit members to a non-governmental organisation where this is not a measure to prevent unjustified discrimination;
  • compulsion to belong to a non-governmental organisation in the absence of relevant and sufficient reasons;
  • obligations for members of non-governmental organisations to disclose their membership and for such organisations to identify their members in the absence of relevant and sufficient reasons
  • official support, whether through law or other measures (including inaction), for efforts to discourage or prevent persons becoming members of non-governmental organisations;
  • the subjection of members of non-governmental organisations to discriminatory treatment, harassment and ill-treatment, as well as the imposition on them of penalties, on account of that membership;
  • the inability of members of non-governmental organisations to vindicate their rights arising from their membership through the courts, including to ensure that they are not improperly expelled from them.

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