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Egyptian Government Tighten Reins on Aid Agencies

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , , on April 13, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The Egyptian government wants to tighten the control of NGOs, Non-Governmental Organizations with a bill in draft for a new law. NGO workers and others working for civil society freedom oppose the bill.

Head of a local NGO, the Cairo Centre for Human Rights, Baheieddin Hassan says,

“Egypt’s civil society is crippled already with laws that curb its freedom. The new law will inhibit civil society even more by doing what amounts to nationalizing it.”

The new bill will appoint a government association called the General Federation for Civil Society Organizations to authorize the work of local NGO’s. It will give the government the right to intervene in board elections of local NGO’s.

Opposition feels the bill is an effort to mute strong human rights movements composed of NGO’s and advocacy groups that have remained independent of government control in Egypt.

Demands for Justice in Activist’s Killing

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , , on April 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

On April 8, 2009, Ernest Manirumva, vice-president of the Observatory for the Struggle against Corruption and Economic Embezzlement, OLUCOME, was killed at him home in Bujumbura.

Prior to his death Manirumva was investigating police corruption as well as corruption within private companies. Civil society organizations appealed to the prosecutor for an independent investigation.

A year later appeals go to President Pierre Nkurunziza to ask the prosecutor to accelerate the investigation. A judicial investigatory commission was formed in October of 2009. Nine arrests have been made, yet no trial date has been set.

Civil society organizations say all leads have not been followed and the commission has not concluded the investigation. Witnesses are reportedly afraid to come forward.

Georgette Gagnon, Africa director said,

“Instead of threatening and obstructing civil society organizations, the Burundian authorities should work with them to follow every possible lead to identify Manirumva’s killers. The president should wholeheartedly back these investigations and should stand behind civil society’s call for justice for this brutal murder.