Ugandan lawmakers have passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to regulate civil society, that rights groups say will "strangle" criticism of the government, on the eve of a visit by the pope.
"The bill was unanimously passed," government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa told AFP on Friday, after lawmakers voted at a late night sitting on Thursday. Civil society groups say the legislation gives the government unprecedented powers, including the ability to shut down NGOs and jail members.
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