Breaking News, Kenya, Africa, Politics, Business, Sports, Blogs, Photos, Videos – Ethiopia suspends 42 NGOs as hunger worsens

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi speaks to the media at his office in Addis Ababa, April 13, 2009. Ethiopian authorities have suspended the operations of 42 non-governmental organisations allegedly involved in activities that are "out of their mandate” in the Southern region of the country.  REUTERSEthiopian authorities have suspended the operations of 42 non-governmental organisations allegedly involved in activities that are “out of their mandate” in the Southern region of the country.Ethiopia’s Southern regional state justice office chief Mr Yilma Meresa told this writer that those NGOs were out to interrupt the peace and development of the region.Mr Yilma refused to disclose the name of the suspended organisations. However, he hinted that most of them were local NGOs.The Nation has learnt that international humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and two local gender rights organisations are among the suspended NGOs.The Ethiopian government moved to revoke the licence of the NGOs following accusation of their alleged involvement in reporting human right abuses in the rural areas.Ethiopian government publicly accused some NGOs of supplying “inaccurate” information to the United States’ State Department, which was published in March 2009.

Breaking News, Kenya, Africa, Politics, Business, Sports, Blogs, Photos, Videos – Ethiopia suspends 42 NGOs as hunger worsens

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