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This article participates on the following special index pages:
NGO Bill - Index of Opinion and Analysis
appeal regarding the proposed Non-governmental Organizations Bill
2004 in Zimbabwe
Center for Civil Society Law (IJCSL)
August 06, 2004
Thanks to all
of you for subscribing to IJCSL and IJSCL-N -- I hope you are enjoying
your summer reading (at least those of you in the northern hemisphere)!
From time to
time there is an extreme situation to which those of us interested
in promoting an enabling environment for civil society organizations
must respond. Such an instance exists in Zimbabwe – it is urgent
that we give our brothers and sisters there international support
to try to defeat the enactment of the proposed Non-governmental
Organizations Bill 2004. I have just received an electronic copy
of the bill, and it is in fact as bad as we have reported in IJCSL-N
in the past two months.
Not only does
the bill target NGOs as such, it could also have a detrimental effect
on the operations of churches in Zimbabwe. And, as many of you know,
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, has been the most out-spoken
critic of Robert Mugabe’s government in recent years.
This is a clearly
a situation that needs our attention through the forum of the International
Center for Civil Society Law. Accordingly, we are organizing a team
to write comments on the proposed legislation and would encourage
anyone who is interested to write back quickly to me at email@example.com.
Lee and I are currently based in South Africa, so we won’t be able
to call some of you who have responded to appeals in the past. But
we hope you will join us in this most urgent effort.
All the best,
Karla W. Simon
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