Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Incident: Arrests, Sudan

Five staff members of the Sudanese NGO SUDO were arrested without charge in Western Darfur. They were later released after intervention by Amnesty International.

In many parts of the world, national NGOs receive considerably more harassment by governments than larger, international NGOs; simply because regimes can easily exert pressure with fewer consequences. Security incidents involving national NGOs are grossly underreported, and receive very little Western media attention. If you're working with a national NGO, basic security practices apply. However just remember that national NGOs typically don't enjoy the influence and status of their larger international cousins, and you'll need to adjust some policies and procedures to account for that.


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