South Sudan Parliament Approves Bill Restricting NGOs


South Sudan Parliament has approved a bill regulating and restricting the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.

A statement from the parliamentarian said on Thursday in Khartoum that the move was in accordance to the “Article 18 of the bill, that limited the number of foreigners employed by any NGO in South Sudan to 20 per cent.”

It added that the proposed bill also included limiting the number of foreign aid workers employed by NGOs.

The statement insisted that all NGO shall ensure that not less than 80 per cent of the employees are South Sudanese nationals at all managerial, middle and junior levels.

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It said the UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and South Sudan Red Cross are exempted from registration under the new NGO law.

The statement noted that the parliament passed the bill in its fourth reading in spite of objections from the opposition that 50 recently appointed members were not present.

The bill further stipulated that registration as an NGO in South Sudan would require a “country agreement” with the government.

source: leadership

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