Amid ongoing restrictions, NGOs make final appeal for amendments to Lango

Civil society groups and NGOs claim that their freedom of assembly is being restricted by local authorities while final amendments to the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations, or Lango, were discussed by a government working group this week.

The Interior Ministry’s technical working groupcomprising government officials and civil society leaders representing 500 organizations, held its final round of discussionson July 6 to propose changes to 14 articles after conducting discussions over an eight-month period.

The controversial Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organizations went into effect in August 2015, passed by CPP lawmakers amid a boycott by CNRP National Assembly members.

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