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Hungary NGO sues government over anti-Soros questionnaire

Budapest - A Hungarian refugee rights group said Saturday it has sued Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government for defamation over a "national consultation" questionnaire sent to households nationwide about US billionaire George Soros.

NGOs denounce 'crimes against humanity' in Myanmar

New York - Nearly 90 non-governmental organizations have denounced "crimes against humanity" committed by authorities in Myanmar against the Muslim Rohingya minority and called on the international community to take action.

Under fire, Hungary NGOs turn to top court

Budapest - Civil society groups in Hungary said Wednesday they have filed a challenge with the country's constitutional court against a law targeting foreign-funded organisations that critics argue is aimed at stifling anti-government dissent.

Anti-migrant ship ignores help from rescue activists

Rome - Anti-immigration activists whose boat was reported in trouble said Friday they had got their engines going again, after a migrant rescue ship said it had been dispatched to help.

Migrant aid ship 'bails out' anti-migrant vessel in Med

Rome - A migrant rescue organisation said Friday it was racing to the aid of anti-immigration activists whose boat had run into trouble in the Mediterranean.

Saving lives gets tougher for Med's charity boats

Shots fired in the air, verbal threats and ships stuck at sea: life has suddenly got tougher for the charity boats trying to stop migrants drowning off Libya.

Italy toughens tone on NGO migrant rescue boats

Rome - Italy has warned NGOs operating migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean they will not be allowed to continue if they do not sign up to new rules governing their operations.

MSF refuses to sign on to new migrant rescue rules

Rome - Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) refused Monday to sign a code of conduct on migrant-saving operations in the Mediterranean, while others including Save the Children approved the new rules.

Hungary MPs to vote on controversial NGO law next week

Budapest - Hungary's parliament will vote on June 13 on a new law regulating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving support from abroad which critics say is designed to stigmatise and intimidate civil groups.

Italian lawmakers want police on charity boats

Rome - An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday called for police to be deployed on or close to charity boats rescuing migrants in waters off Libya.

Migrant rescues, deaths in Med as NGOs cry foul

Catania - Rescuers in the Mediterranean raced Friday to the aid of more than 20 migrant dinghies in distress as the debate in Italy over privately-funded aid ships intensified and the death toll at sea ticked steadily upwards.

Italian FM backs prosecutor on NGO migrant row

Rome - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Saturday that he "agreed 100 percent" with a prosecutor's repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.

Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs

Rome - Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis.

No longer just a job: The unlikely crew saving lives in the Mediterranean

Cagliari - They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place.But together, aboard the MS Aquarius, they get the job done.

Defiant NGOs swap rallies for art in post-attack Paris

Paris - Frustrated by the banning of rallies around a crunch climate summit in terror-hit Paris, activists vowed Friday to find alternative ways to make their voices heard.

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.'

World's most endangered species list released

Jeju - Today scientists published a list of the world's 100 most endangered species. The list, the first of its kind, was published by the World Conservation Congress in South Korea.

Human Rights Groups critical of Russian 'foreign agents bill'

Moscow - A new bill passed by the Russian parliament requires NGOs(Non-government Organizations) that receive foreign funding to be registered as foreign agents. Human rights groups have been critical of the legislation.

Op-Ed: NGOs: The Parasitic Altruists

Some NGOs genuinely contribute to enhancing welfare, to the mitigation of hunger, the furtherance of human and civil rights, or the curbing of disease. Others are ideologically biased, religiously-committed and, often, at the service of special interests.

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