Burundi has decided to suspend the activities of most foreign nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) until they comply with a new law imposing tighter controls on their operations. Silas Ntigurirwa of the National Security Council (CNS) said most of the estimated 130 foreign NGOs in the country "were not compliant" with a January 2017 law governing their operations. "The CNS has decided to suspend all activities of these NGOs for a period of three months dating from October 1, to allow the institutions in charge of them to verify their compliance with the laws and rules in place," he said on national television late Thursday. They would only be allowed to resume operations if they conformed to the new law, which was denounced by NGOs for placing tight controls on finances, imposing administration fees and staff ethnic quotas. With Burundi experiencing foreign currency shortages due to EU sanctions, the law ordered international charities and rights groups to keep their accounts in for...

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