Saturday, May 21, 2005

Good news: Mugabe rejects NGO bill

According to this SA paper, Mugabe has rejected the bill that restricts NGO's....this is the report on what this bill was about:

"The NGO Bill was sent to the president for assent and he did not do so because of one or two issues he wanted to be addressed," Minister of Social Welfare Nicholas Goche told the state-controlled Herald newspaper.

The minister did not say what the issues were.

The proposed law, which drew widespread criticism from rights groups around the world, barred the registration of foreign NGOs if their work was purely for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Several human rights groups in Zimbabwe have since 2000 been chronicling alleged abuses by Mugabe's government.

Critics said the law would be used to shut down perceived opponents, just as a controversial press law passed in 2002 was used to shut down four independent newspapers critical of the government.

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