Western governments and rights groups criticize China's tough new NGO lawPhoto: China's Ministry of Public Security. Photo: Vmenkov, Wikimedia (Creative Commons)

Governments and rights groups based in the west have expressed harsh criticisms on a new Chinese law on NGOs, arguing that it would result in many foreign organisations being forced to leave the country.

Western governments and rights groups criticize China's tough new NGO lawPhoto: China's Ministry of Public Security. Photo: Vmenkov, Wikimedia (Creative Commons)

Despite months of lobbying, the law was passed by parliament on April 28. Under the new legislation NGOs will be under the Ministry of Public Security, which means that the police will be allowed to access their finances and work.

You can read the full article on the Reuters website here, or find more on the subject at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

CNN has interviewed China Labor Bulletin director Han Dongfang on the matter. Watch it here.