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Israel takes first step to pass contentious NGO law

Jerusalem - A controversial bill that would compel NGOs receiving most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament early Tuesday.

NGOs seek oil drilling ban in famed mountain gorilla national park

Kinshasa - International environment and rights groups on Thursday launched a joint plea to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan governments not to allow oil drilling in or around the Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve famed for its m...

Israeli NGOs under pressure from 'chilling' bill

Jerusalem - A new Israeli bill targeting leftwing NGOs has prompted comparisons with the climate of hatred two decades ago and drawn criticism from rights groups, Washington and the European Union.

Russia bans 'undesirable' US-funded foundation

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Friday declared a US-funded foundation an "undesirable" organisation, the fourth entity to be banned under a controversial law targeting foreign groups accused of political meddling in the country.

Russia widens net in hunt for 'foreign agents'

Moscow - Russian photographer Alexander Rumyantsev never thought he was meddling in politics when he staged an art festival with funding from the US government -- but the authorities in his country decided differently.

Arrests made at Cambodia NGO law protest

Phnom Penh - Cambodian authorities arrested six demonstrators Sunday as they protested against the recent passing of a controversial law regulating non-governmental organisations, officials and a rights group said.

Russian senators propose first batch of 'undesirable' NGOs

Moscow - Lawmakers in Russia's pro-Kremlin upper chamber called on authorities Wednesday to blacklist 12 foreign NGOs as "undesirable," the first official proposal under a new law critics say is part of a clampdown on civil society.

Russia raids homes, offices of election monitors: lawyer

Moscow - Russian police on Tuesday raided the offices of election watchdog Golos as well as the homes of its employees, a lawyer for the group said, amid an ever-increasing crackdown on independent voices in the country.

Russia slashes state funding for 'foreign agent' NGOs

Moscow - Some of Russia's leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

World Bank fails to protect rights of its critics: HRW

Washington - The World Bank remains too passive when client governments and businesses attack critics of its development projects, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Monday.

Pakistan warns aid groups after Save the Children expelled

Islamabad - Pakistan's interior minister Friday said the government was ready to throw out more foreign aid groups, a day after Save the Children were expelled for "working against the country".

Russia rights ombudsman slams law on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russia's rights ombudsman has slammed a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin that allows the authorities to ban international NGOs deemed "undesirable.

EU calls Russia's NGO law a 'worrying step'

Brussels - The EU said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a "worrying step" by enacting a law banning what Moscow deems to be undesirable non-governmental organisations.

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

Moscow - The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on "undesirable" NGOs, calling it a "worrying step" that would stifle free speech.

U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

Washington - The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.

Russian parliament passes bill on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to ban foreign NGOs deemed "undesirable" for the state, the latest step in a crackdown condemned by rights activists.

Ukraine rebels expel Western NGO members for 'spying'

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels said Thursday they had expelled seven US and European members of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) NGO for "spying" in the eastern Ukrainian territory under their control.

Russia postpones final hearing on shutdown of top rights NGO

Moscow - Russia on Thursday postponed a final hearing on dissolving the country's most prominent rights group that chronicles Stalin-era repressions and defends activists, a case condemned by supporters as part of a crackdown on civil society.

Russia rights group calls state legal attack an 'insult'

Moscow - Russia's most prominent rights group Memorial on Saturday called a legal assault on their organization an "insult", warning it could seriously disrupt their work.

Corruption costs poor countries $1 trillion a year: NGO

Paris - Corruption, fraud and money-laundering cost poor countries a total of $1.0 trillion a year, the anti-poverty organisation ONE said in a study released on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Moving piece written about Typhoon Haiyan goes viral

On November 13, a moving Facebook note about Typhoon Haiyan and the current situation in the Philippines was posted. It is currently going viral and is entitled, 'I Need To Tell You.'

Indian NGO 'Toybank' sponsors photography contest Special

Mumbai - Toybank's photography contest opened August 7 and runs through September 7, 2013. Residents of India are eligible. The theme is “children at play.” Details can be found on Toybank's website.

Group honors US-based NGO for helping poor children in Manila

A US-based non-governmental organization (NGO) doing outreach work on children of Ulingan, a slum community in Manila, was given recognition for its untiring efforts in uplifting the lives of children who are living in sub-standard conditions.

NGO: Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld found guilty of war crimes

An international tribunal has found former US President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld guilty of the crime of conspiracy to allow torture in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram and Abu Ghraib.

NGO crackdown: Egypt denies licenses to 8 U.S.-based non-profits

Egypt has now denied licenses to eight U.S.-based non-profit groups to operate in the country. They state they are violating the country's sovereignty.

NGO focuses on poorest of the poor children in the Philippines

A US-based non-governmental organization (NGO) organized by a mother and daughter team in California four years ago has found fulfillment in their outreach efforts by focusing on the poorest of the poor children in slum areas of Manila.

Human Rights Organizations under attack in Egypt

Since December 29, 2011, reports are arriving from Egypt stating that the Egyptian security forces, in uniform and civilian clothing, along with public prosecutors, are attacking six National and International Human Rights Organizations (NGO).

Dealing With Drought: Nepal Village Shows The Way Special

Kathmandu - I was traveling to Teenpiple, a village in Panchkhal, valley of Nepal, and it takes a good two-and-a-half hours to get there from the capital city of Kathmandu.

Julian Assange not using condom, warrants arrest?

London - Not using a condom, can this land someone on the Interpol's Most Wanted list? This seems to be one of the accusations against Julian Assange that forced him to come in for questioning on Tuesday.
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Bono at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos  Switzerland  January 24  2008
Bono at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2008
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Aids activist  Oxfam global ambassador and singer Annie Lennox poses in front of giant letters spell...
Aids activist, Oxfam global ambassador and singer Annie Lennox poses in front of giant letters spelling “access”, in support for campaigners’ call to achieve universal access to treatment for HIV-infected people.
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