Tunis – The Tunisian authorities have given all charity organizations in the country a month to submit a statement on the foreign donations and grants that they receive.
The Tunisian government of Prime Minister Yousef Chahed is seeking through this measure to crack down on the suspicious activities of several of these groups.
It will also resort to the central bank and finance ministry to inspect the financial accounts of the organizations. The Interior Ministry has meanwhile been tasked with monitoring any suspicious acts, especially in regards to funding terrorism.
The organizations are obligated to submit their data to the government before the July 10 deadline.
The Tunisian government decision is taking place simultaneously with a campaign it is waging against businessmen and smugglers who had been accused of corruption.
The government estimates that around 20,000 charities operate in the country. Seventy percent of them were formed after 2011. In 2014, only 200 organizations disclosed the sources of their financing.
The government for its part only grants minimal funding for these groups.