Gabon confronted with EITI obligations, lifts NGO ban

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Reuters reports that Gabon has lifted the suspension on 22 NGOs after the Government was confronted with the fact that the ban was incompatible with Gabon's membership of the EITI. The participation of independent civil society is a fundamental component of the multi-stakeholder nature of the EITI, which champions dialogue between governments, industry, and civil society.

"This is a major victory for civil society in Gabon and affirms our ability to operate freely and speak out on public interest issues," said Marc Ona, president of Brainforest, one of the suspended NGOs, and coordinator of PWYP Gabon.

Gabon lifts the suspension of 22 NGOs after a week [Reuters Africa]