Uganda parliament passes controversial NGO bill on eve of pope's arrival: government

AFP
Published Nov 27, 2015, 9:33 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 10:56 pm IST
Civil society groups say legislation gives the government unprecedented powers
'The bill was unanimously passed,' government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa said (Photo: Google Maps)
 'The bill was unanimously passed,' government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa said (Photo: Google Maps)

Kampala: Ugandan lawmakers have passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to regulate civil society, that rights groups say will "strangle" criticism of the government, on the eve of a visit by the pope.

"The bill was unanimously passed," government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa said on Friday, after lawmakers voted at a late night sitting on Thursday. Civil society groups say the legislation gives the government unprecedented powers, including the ability to shut down NGOs and jail members.

 

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