Uganda bans thousands of charities in crackdown
Uganda’s government has told more than 12,000 charities that they can no longer operate in the country.
Following a review that took place in August and September, the number of officially registered NGOs in Uganda has been slashed from 14,207 to 2,118. Little more than 2,000 NGOs managed to renew their licenses, meaning 73 percent of aid organisations are no longer allowed to operate.
Uganda bans 73% of NGOs
Of the 2,118 NGOs that were able to renew their licenses, the vast majority are foreign organisations. Likewise, the vast majority of those that were unable to do so were operated by Ugandans. Critics argue the crackdown is an attack against Ugandan organisations that stand for values the government doesn’t support.
Uganda’s minister of internal affairs, Jeje Odongo, said in s statement last week that all organisations not included in the new register must cease operations immediately.
This includes a number of organisations campaigning for LGBT rights at a time when some MPs in Uganda are attempting to retable a bill that would make homosexual acts punishable by death.
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