Report Finds Threats to Freedom in Some African Countries

Posted on May 14, 2019 6:34 pm

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The VOA Horn of Africa service’s Girmachew Kebede contributed to this report from Addos Ababa. Ethiopia. In a dozen countries across Africa, governments have enacted laws or policies that “improperly constrain” nongovernmental organizations and imperil civil society, the democracy watchdog Freedom House says in a new report.  Curbs on NGOs have “a serious impact on the capacity of organized civil society, and citizens, to hold governments to account and to protect human rights,” said Godfrey M. Musila, author of the report issued Tuesday by the independent, Washington-based organization. He added that governmental limits “are of course accompanied by other measures