Our Legambiente 2017 Twinner Davide Sabbadin visited a conference on civil society in Hong Kong. In Nuova Ecologia, his article reflects the influence of the new China’s Overseas NGO Law focused on NGO cooperation with European and German NGOs. Davide talked to Dr. Fabian Horst, EU-China Civil Society Ambassador, who he met there. Fabian Horst states that the situation unfortunately worsened. He explained that the State obliges European NGOs to registrate through cumbersome and costly processes as well as to partner with a “tutor” Chinese NGO. These are mainly dependent on the Ministry of the Interior and often represent state bodies or institutions. The costs linked to the registration application have been a growing disincentive for foreign NGOs who as a result, have been forced to leave the country. NGOs working on “sensitive” topics such as syndicalism, migrants, protection of ethnic groups, mass media and religion. Fabian Horst further said that no international NGO that deals with the protection of LGBTQ rights and human rights, has so far been accepted.
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