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NGO activism on nonproliferation policy is a fairly recent phenomenon. During talks in 1995 to extend the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), NGOs from several countries forged a compromise that led to the treaty's permanent extension. NGOs have continued to criticize countries that are failing to uphold the requirements of the NPT. NGOs have also been aggressive in advocating change in the nuclear agenda. The recognition of this role and influence has raised several questions: how are they able to influence international organizations and treaty negotiations? What is the basis of their expertise? To whom are they accountable?

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U.S. Says Russian NGO Law Does Not Meet Human Rights Commitments

The United States presented to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) January 26 its concerns about Russia’s new law on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 10.

[USINFO, January 27, 2006]

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