Kenya's security bill reinforces fears of NGO crackdown

A Kenyan soldier points to the black flag of the Somali militant group al-Shabab. Increasing attacks from al-Shabab are disrupting the work of civil society groups in Kenya, while amendments to the government’s Public Benefits Organization Act are threatening to control and weaken the NGO sector. Photo by: Stuart Price / AU-UN IST / CC BY-NC-ND

Kenya’s move to deregister more than 500 nongovernmental organizations last week may have taken many from the international development community by surprise, but not organizations working on the ground.

These groups have been battling crippling measures against the NGO community that the government has been trying to introduce for more than a year now. The security bill President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law Friday is just the latest.

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