The potential damage of this new legislation is huge as many civil society groups and organisations responding to HIV will no longer be able to operate. For example, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the largest implementer of HIV programmes nationally, has stated that the high-level taxes associated with registering as a 'foreign agent' will force their partners to close. Alliance Ukraine is a principal recipient of funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the largest funder of HIV programmes internationally. They have 170 partner organisations that they sub-grant these funds to around the country - under the new law these organisations must register as 'foreign agents' and pay related taxes, although Global Fund money should be tax-free.
AVERT and DAA condemn the introduction of legislation that restricts the ability of civil society to provide life-saving HIV and AIDS services to those most at-risk.
With thanks to AVERT