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May 02, 2016

Opinion: Dozens of Countries Cracking Down on Nonprofits

China’s effort to place strict controls on foreign nonprofits is part of a trend around the world of despotic and illiberal regimes restricting the activities of such groups, a New York Times editorial says. Dozens of countries, including Russia, India, Egypt, and Hungary, have passed or proposed similar laws to the one China approved last week, which forces the organizations to register with the police and allows for searches on the charities' offices any time.

The Carnegie Endowment has called the crackdowns a “viral-like spread of new laws” that are meant to restrict the work that promotes human rights, the environment, and education. Among the reasons for the rise in such laws are anger at the spread of Western values and authoritarian regimes' concerns that the groups could challenge their power, according to the Times.