Uganda demands financial records, donor lists of NGOs

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Non-governmental organizations in Uganda have been told to submit financial information including budgets and donor lists to the authorities, an official told Reuters on Thursday, in a move rights groups said was another attempt to muzzle criticism. The government of veteran leader President Yoweri Museveni, 74, has long chafed at criticism from […]

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Tanzania civil society rattled by Bill that restricts freedoms

Tanzania’s Parliament on June 21, 2019 began discussing a Bill which, if passed into law, would have dire implications for human rights in the country, Amnesty International (AI) said. The Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments No. 3 of 2019) Bill, made public on June 19 and being debated under a “certificate of urgency” to speed up […]

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Tanzania: Open Letter to States for Joint Action to address crackdown on Civic Space and Prevent a Further Deterioration of the Situation

Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from 10-28 September 2018, we write to call on your delegation to deliver statements, both jointly and individually, to address the ongoing crackdown on civic space and human rights backsliding in the United Republic of Tanzania. Considering […]

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EA govts using punitive laws to rein in civil society, gravely hurting democracy

Nearly all governments in East Africa have enacted punitive laws targeting the civic space over the past decade, a squeezing people’s freedoms and curtailing human-rights in the region, a newly published report says. Freedom House, the Washington-based democracy watchdog, says the measures, mostly targeting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that augment government services in most desperate situations, […]

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Democracy on the decline in EAC states

The forum for East Africa Civil Society Organisations has accused EAC partner states of going against the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance due to shrinking democratic spaces in the countries. In a report released last week at a civil societies forum in Arusha, the organisation said EAC partner states have become lax in […]

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