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LAW Nº05/2012 of 17/02/2012

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GOVERNING THE ORGANISATION AND FUNCTIONING OF INTERNATIONAL NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS

Article 5: Registration of international non- governmental organisations

An international non-governmental organisation wishing to operate in Rwanda shall apply for a registration certificate to the authority in charge of international non- governmental organisations registration in accordance with the terms and conditions set by the authority.

Article 6: Authority in charge of registering international non-governmental organisations and monitoring of their functioning

The Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration shall be the authority in charge of registration of international non- governmental organisations and monitoring of their functioning.

Article 7: Requirements for registration

Requirements for an international non- governmental organisation to be registered shall be the following: 

  1. an authenticated copy of the statutes of the organisation; 
  2. an official document allowing the organisation to operate in the country of origin and indicating its geographical establishment throughout the world if any;
  3. the nature of the activities in which the organisation intends to engage in and an action plan; 
  4. the budget and its source.

An Order of the Minister in charge of international non-governmental organisations may determine additional requirements for registration of international non-governmental organisations.

Article 8: Certificate of registration of an international non-governmental organisation

The authority in charge of registration of international non-governmental organisations and monitoring of their functioning shall issue the certificate of registration to the concerned organisation within ninety (90) days from the date of the receipt of the application for registration.

The certificate format and its delivery conditions are determined by the authority in charge of registration of international non- governmental organisations.

Where the competent authority refuses to issue the certificate of registration, it shall notify the representative of the concerned international non-governmental organisation of the decision providing reasons thereof, within ninety (90) days from the date of the receipt of the application letter.

Article 9: Reasons for refusal to issue a certificate of registration of an international non-governmental organisation

Reasons for refusal to issue a certificate of registration of an international non- governmental organisation shall be the following : Law

  1. failure to fulfil requirements for registration   prescribed   in   this
  2. convincing evidence that the organisation seeking registration may jeopardize security, public order, health, morals and human rights.

Article 10: Filing a case against the decision of refusal to issue a certificate of registration

The international non-governmental organisation’s legal representative may file a case against the decision of refusal to issue a certificate of registration to the competent court within thirty (30) days from the date of the receipt of the notice of such a decision.

Filing a case against the decision of refusal to issue a certificate of registration

The international non-governmental organisation’s legal representative may file a case against the decision of refusal to issue a certificate of registration to the competent court within thirty (30) days from the date of the receipt of the notice of such a decision.

Article 11: Validity of a certificate of registration of an international non- governmental organisation

The certificate of registration of an international non-governmental organisation shall be valid for a period not exceeding five (5) years.

After the period referred to in Paragraph One of this Article, the international non- governmental organisation may apply for renewal.

Article 12: Renewal of the certificate of registration of an international non-governmental organisation

In order to renew the certificate of registration, the international non- governmental organisation shall submit to the authority in charge of registration of international non-governmental organisations and monitoring of their functioning the following documents: 

  1. an application letter for renewal together with a copy of the previous certificate of registration;
  2. an action plan, budget and its source;

An Order of the Minister in charge of international non-governmental organisations shall determine additional requirements for renewal application.

The application for renewal of the certificate of registration of an international non- governmental organisation shall be lodged at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the existing certificate.

The renewal of the certificate of registration shall be valid for a period not exceeding five (5) years.

Article 13: Refusal to renew the certificate of registration

Where the authority in charge of registration of international non-governmental organisations and monitoring of their functioning refuses to renew the certificate of registration, it shall specify the reasons thereof to the representative of the concerned organisation within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the renewal application letter.

An international non-governmental organisation may appeal to the competent court against the decision of refusal to renew its certificate of registration within thirty (30) days from the date of the receipt of the notice of such a decision.

Article 14: Reasons for refusal to renew the certificate of registration of an international non-governmental organisation

The renewal of the certificate of registration shall not be granted to the applicant international non-governmental organisation if it does not comply with the requirements under Articles 7 and 12 of this Law.

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