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government announces plans to revoke all NGO licences
April 26, 2007
ARTICLE 19 condemns
the Zimbabwean government's decision to move to cancel all registration
certificates of non-government organisations (NGOs) in order to
"sift out those seeking to force regime change in Zimbabwe", as
reported by the State broadcaster, Zimbabwe Television. Such a move
is a clear violation of Zimbabwe's human rights obligations under
the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, particularly in
respect of the right of freedom of expression and the right of freedom
of Zimbabwean NGOs perform essential functions not provided for
by the State, including humanitarian assistance, food aid and housing,
care of orphans and other vulnerable children, as well as providing
support for the protection of social, economic and civil rights.
ARTICLE 19 calls
upon the Zimbabwean government not to proceed with its threatened
cancellation of NGO licences. Such a move will deepen the everyday
suffering of Zimbabweans in the current severe socio-economic crisis,
and worsen Zimbabwe's reputation as a State which fails to uphold
its obligations under the African Charter.
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