Uganda's NGO law: Most repressive in East Africa?

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda. The country’s government is poised to pass a new NGO law. Photo by: U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office / CC BY

Uganda is poised to pass a law granting a government-appointed board nearly incontestable power to reject or dissolve nongovernmental and community-based organizations.

Activists see the new — more punitive — legislation as part of a broader effort to restrict their freedoms of expression and association ahead of next year’s presidential vote. The bill introduces stiff penalties and even jail time for NGO and CBO employees who violate its vague requirements.

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    Andrew Green is a Devex Contributor based in Berlin. He writes regularly about global health and human rights issues. He has also worked as Voice of America’s South Sudan bureau chief and as the Center for Public Integrity’s web editor.