Uganda suspends 54 civil society groups

The Ugandan government said on Friday it had ordered more than 50 non-governmental organizations to suspend operations, AFP news agency reported on Friday.

The 54 groups affected include the country’s most prominent rights organisation, Chapter Four, as well as charities, religious, environmental and electoral democracy groups, according to AFP.

The shutdown was ordered “with immediate effect”, the National Bureau for NGOs, part of the ministry of internal affairs, said in a statement.

It said the groups had failed to comply with legislation covering their activities, including operating with expired permits, not filing accounts or not registering with the authorities. Some of the organizations ordered to close had taken part in an election monitoring operation on polling day in January, the news agency reports.

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Featured Image: Some of the organisations ordered to close had taken part in an election monitoring operation during the vote that returned President Yoweri Museveni to power [Photo AFP/File]

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