Did I get your attention? I hope so. An error in statement regarding NGOs is being used to discredit those who have legitimate grievances with the blatant hypocrisy of the leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses.
The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) is actually an NGO, despite the fact that the UN would never permit the Ku Klux Klan to join their Department of Public Information.
Likewise, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is an NGO—it is an "organization" and it is "non-governmental" in nature.
I chose a violent extremist organization and a sharply contrasting organization on purpose. Neither of these organizations are associated to the UN/DPI (United Nations Department of Public Information) as NGOs, although both are unquestionably non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "NGO" is not a status, anymore than "Caucasian," or "Asian," or "Hispanic," or "tall," or "skinny" is a status. NGO is a neutral descriptor of the nature and character of an organization. The term NGO has no connection whatsoever to the UN specifically.
The important point to focus on is that they became an Associate to the UN/DPI. They joined the UN/DPI as an Associate member and later claim they registered.
I am sure the WTS delights when we are distracted by the term NGO and try to make more of it than is present. That makes their job easy, they can make us out to be misrepresenters of facts which puts us on an equal footing with them, at best. And since they had "the best of intentions" and simply "made a mistake" they can make us out to be intentional slanderers and persecutors of Jehovah's organization.
Please get these definitions down well if you intend to speak to anyone about this issue:
NGO: non-governmental organization, an adjective which describes both the KKK and NAACP. Most NGOs have no connection whatsoever to the UN or its agencies.
Associate: A membership type which always means a subordinate organization attaching itself in support of a superior organization. There is no way to semantically confuse an associate membership with a registrant/registrar relationship. They could not possibly register with the UN/DPI seeing as how there was no registrar.
They changed "applied to become an Associate" to "registered" to throw everyone off the scent. From the looks of things, it has largely worked. Most of the posts I see on this issue freely say they "...registered with the UN as an NGO..." or some variation. Anyone who believes that is what happened bought the WTS lie. Hook, line, and sinker. They became an Associate member of the UN/DPI and if there was no Criteria for Association that act (in itself, independent of any other facts) would STILL constitute gross wrongdoing by their own published standards.
Please speak intelligently and truthfully about this issue. Your loved ones will certainly will find fault with your words if there is fault to be found.