Some of you may have heard about the recent NGO act that has been approved by the Ethiopian parliament ... "The so-called Charities and Societies Proclamation prohibits any group receiving at least 10 percent of its funds from abroad from promoting democratic or human rights, the rights of children, or equality of gender or religion." This outrageous attack on civil society and human rights is the last thing Ethiopia needs.
Of course with this law in effect many non-profits in Ethiopia have been and will continue to be shut down. This has raised some concerns among the AFC family and how this law would effect us. Abezash, who is currently in Addis Ababa, recently met with the AA Social Civic Office staff and was informed that AFC can continue to operate as it is and recieve funding from the United States.
(Sigh of relief...)
To learn more about the NGO law visit http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-01-06-voa45.cfm