Jordan is considering revisiting a controversial civil society law that local and international rights groups have criticised for taking too much control over the funding, registration and monitoring activities of NGOs.
The country’s parliament hastily endorsed the law last year, drawing the ire of the NGOs, which said they were not even consulted when the law was drafted.
The law, which became effective in December, was seen as a step backwards in the country’s hesitant march towards political change because it expanded government control over the registration of NGOs. The law requires the cabinet’s consent for foreign donations to NGOs and gives the government the right to dissolve an NGO for minor violations.
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