Human-rights activists and Civil Society Organisations criticise the Bill

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Thursday, 1 May 2014


Human-rights activists and Civil Society Organisations criticised the Bill saying, if passed, the Bill will entrench oppression and greatly limit the operations of NGOs. Crispy Kaheru, co-ordinator of Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) said “I think the Bill has nothing or little to do with the institutionalisation of the NGO Board but everything to do with the paranoia of Government and its desire to control and monitor virtually all aspects of life”.

In addition, NGO representatives have voiced concerns about their ability to operate and carry out advocacy on controversial matters as well as protect their employees. As the Bill targets NGOs, said to “promote” homosexuality, it is expected to constrain the space and rights of sexual minority groups.