Ukraine amends disclosure law, tightens grip over NGOs

The Ukrainian government amended its e-declaration law on financial disclosures, to include all non-governmental organisations. The law mandates stringent reporting requirements with respect to the funding and expenditure of NGOs. Earlier in the year, the legislature had enacted another law, purportedly for curbing corruption, which requires anti-corruption activists to register their assets. It also made investigative journalists who regularly expose corruption, foreign board members who oversee NGOs with anticorruption programs, and even subcontractors who supply NGOs with water and other everyday items subject to the disclosure law. This move is being seen as a continuation of the larger global trend of NGOs coming under greater scrutiny of State governments, including Egypt and Hungary that seek to suppress all forms of dissent.