CRITICS FEAR KENYAN ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS WILL CRIPPLE NGOS
The Kenyan National Assembly is currently debating amendments to the Public Benefits Organization Act (PBO) that critics say will stifle the activity of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country. The Act is aimed at combating terrorism by limiting ways for terrorist organizations to receive funding from abroad. Among the proposed provisions is a 15% cap on funding to NGOs from foreign sources. The PBO, along with another law being debated in the assembly and two recently signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, have come under criticism from environmental and civil rights groups who claim the government is overreacting to recent terrorist attacks and using the momentum to muscle out foreign NGOs that the Kenyatta administration views as a threat. The legislative activity follows the government's deregistration of 525 organizations in December. For the full story, see http://print.news.mongabay.com/2015/0403-sri-onyango-kenya-terrorism-crackdown-may-have-big-bad-impacts.html.