Uganda: NGOs alarmed by ‘draconian’ bill

| July 20, 2015

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Aid agencies are worried that humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised. Uganda’s parliament has proposed a bill which would strongly regulate NGOs. Humanitarian organizations say the proposed bill would have “catastrophic effects” on vulnerable communities.

The bill would empower the government to supervise, approve, inspect, restrict, and dissolve any NGO or community-based organization. The government says the growth of NGOs in Uganda has led to “subversive methods of work and activities, which in turn undermine accountability and transparency.”

Asia Russel is the executive director of Health Gap. She says: “Humanitarian organizations … need independence. [They need] freedom from pressure and retaliation when they provide emergency aid and speak out about crises.”

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