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Amnesty urges Russia to abolish 'foreign agent' law

Moscow - Amnesty International on Friday called on Russia to abolish a law targeting overseas-backed campaign groups, which has been used to crack down on more than 100 organisations labelled "foreign agents".

Egypt parliament approves contentious NGO draft bill

Cairo - Egypt's parliament approved a draft law to regulate the activities of non-governmental organisations, in a move expected to trigger new fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Challenging jihadist propaganda online eggs on extremists: experts

Quebec City - Challenging online jihadist propaganda with counterarguments or shutting down extremist websites and social media accounts have little impact, and distract from the real threat, according to experts.

10 countries host half world's refugees: Amnesty

London - Ten countries accounting for 2.5 percent of world GDP are hosting more than half the world's refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.

Israel approves contentious NGO foreign funding law

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament finalised a controversial law compelling NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign state entities to declare it in official reports, a Knesset spokesman said early Tuesday.

Russia opens first criminal case under 'foreign agent' law

Moscow - Russian authorities have launched their first criminal case against a rights activist for failing to comply with Moscow's controversial "foreign agent" law, the activist told AFP on Tuesday.

Iraq's Fallujah faces 'disaster', NGO warns

Oslo - Under fire and nearing starvation, thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah face a "humanitarian disaster", a prominent Norwegian NGO said Thursday.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

Three Red Cross staff kidnapped in Mali now free

Dakar - Three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend by Islamist group Ansar Dine have been freed, the ICRC said Friday.

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.
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