The current country of concern is Ethiopia. This is of great concern to us since Ethiopia is one of the countries on our radar. The issue is the proposed law to regulate charities. It is being seen by some as an attempt to regulate a sprawling sector and block foreign political interference or a clampdown on civil society. Seeing as the legislators are still debating the proposed law and incremental changes are being made as they continue to debate, there is hope that civil society will be able to provide great input on how the government should regulate them.
I think it is essential for a country to have laws regulating civil society organizations, however, restricting their activities, especially human rights related activities is never good. Obviously the circumstances in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, but there is no question that lots of negative legislation eventually has a detrimental impact on the development of the country.
Any input on the topic would be great.
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