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Sierra Leone: Non-governmental Organisations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Sierra Leone on draft revised NGO policy regulations; and whether those representations included raising the concerns of domestic human rights organisations on those draft regulations.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK regularly works with both the Sierra Leonean government and local civil society actors to emphasise the important role civil society plays in economic and social development. The UK welcomes the fact that the Government of Sierra Leone is consulting on revising their Non-Governmental Organisation policy guidelines. Officials at the British High Commission in Sierra Leone continue to discuss these revisions with the government, development partners and civil society organisations.

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