Afghanistan: Draft NGO law Threatens Civil Society Organization in Afghanistan

Index Number: ASA 11/2599/2020

The Afghan Cabinet is poised to approve a draft Law on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), which aims to “regulate affairs related to registration and establishment of and facilitation of monitoring and assessment and ensure transparency in the activities of NGOs,” in Afghanistan. The bill directly infringes on human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and association, guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Afghanistan is a state party.

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