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New regulations to control Civil society: If enacted it will have a chilling effect on private entities across Sri Lanka – CPA

The Cabinet of Ministers approved on 20 February 2018 a proposal to introduce amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Act (VSSO) No. 31 of 1980. The proposed amendments contain far-reaching consequences on the activities and finances of civil society and if enacted in its present form will have a chilling effect on a range of private entities across Sri Lanka. The present move is also in a context when there are several existing laws in place to monitor and regulate non-governmental organisations and other entities that are likely to fall within the proposed amendments.

Read the full report as a PDF: CPA-Note-on-VSSO-Amendment-2018-FINAL-2-1



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