Attorney General Dale Marshall QC (right), along with Minister of Labour Colin Jordan, speaking about the recent move to regulate charities. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)
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Government and the National Non-Governmental Organisation Network (NNN) are on a collision course that could end up in court.
The NNN has strongly condemned the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) for removing more than 80 charities from its register last month for failing to comply with the Charities Act.
And it is threatening legal proceedings over a public notice appearing in this week’s Midweek Nation from CAIPO giving another 800 charities a week to comply or be removed.
Correspondence being shared by the charities’ umbrella body was obtained by the Saturday Sun and the NNN is expressing outrage at the action.
But in a press conference called at short notice at Parliament Buildings yesterday, Attorney General Dale Marshall conceded that while the action seemed “quite draconian”, it was in an effort to comply with international standards to avoid money laundering or opening the way for terrorist links. (CA)