NGOs

NGO Slams MPs’ Attempts to Impeach Banda

Citizens' Committee has warned Members of Parliament (MPs) not to abuse their parliamentary privileges by resorting to unnecessary impeachment motion against the Zambian President Rupiah Banda.

Citizens' Committee executive director, Gregory Chifire, says call by the Patriotic Front (PF)/United Party for National Development (UPND) pact to start impeachment proceedings against Banda are uncalled for.

NGOs Concerned Over Mugabe Threats

Zimbabwean NGOs have voiced serious concern over comments made this week by President Robert Mugabe about the 'advisability' of having NGOs operating in the country.

Fambai Ngirande from the National Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO) says that such accusations are baseless and empty, arguing that, "a constitutional reform process is something we as NGOs have been advocating for, for many years."

NGOs to March for Better Wages

Social welfare bodies are to march countrywide to the Gauteng Department of Social Services to protest against discrepancies in salaries between the state and NGOs next month.

Jackie Loffell of the Gauteng Welfare, Social Service and Development Forum, which represents NGOs in the province, points out that on average, social service workers employed by NGOs earn 37 percent less than their counterparts in government departments because of inadequate state subsidies to NGOs.

Philanthropy, Democracy and Civil society: Tending a Garden Over the Long Term

Who would have thought that in April 2009 South Africans would vote in a national election where the winning presidential candidate, Jacob Zuma, would enter his office under a cloud of corruption? Who would have guessed that the democratic government, led by the African National Congress, would reject a visa application from the Dalai Lama, in effect turning its back on the international human rights solidarity that it relied on 20 years earlier to end apartheid?

CIVICUS Condemns Suspension of NGOs in Ethiopia

Press Release
24 July 2009

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation condemns a move designed to further restrict civil society activities by the Ethiopian Government -- which has suspended the operations of 42 NGOs for “acting out of their mandate”.

Authorities in the Southern region of Ethiopia have accused NGOs reporting on human rights abuses as seeking to interrupt peace and development of the region.

Kenya Rights Groups in Bypass Protests

Human rights groups have joined calls to stop building of the Northern bypass in Kenya's Capital Nairobi pending the resettlement of people living on government land.

The 13 groups, led by Amnesty International, say the eviction of more than 3 000 Githogoro slum dwellers near the upmarket Runda estate should be put on hold pending the resolution of a case filed by Kituo Cha Sheria.

The groups say the government is acting contrary to international conventions and the right to decent housing by ordering the residents to move.

Call for the Establishment of Rights Commission

Civil society organisations are stepping up to calls for the establishment of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights of Liberia (INHC). The commission will take over from and implement recommendations advanced by that country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Amongst other things, CSOs are calling on the government to urgently take appropriate measures aimed at resolving this concern for the speedy reconstitution and operation of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights within the next 60 days as of 23 July 23 2009.

Rwanda Human Rights Record Criticised

Rwanda's suitability for Commonwealth membership this year has been questioned because of its human rights record.

A report released by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) pointed out that harsh laws banning genocide ideology, harassment of independent journalists and military intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo make Rwanda's accession ill-advised.

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