Egypt all but abolishes NGOs

egypt-ngoFrom AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – THE Egyptian parliament is under criticism for trying to dodge public scrutiny by rushing into force a law that would effectively ban what remains of the country’s independent civil society groups.
The Law on Civil Societies and Foundations and Other Entities Working in the Civil Sphere, as it is known, would effectively prohibit independent non-governmental groups in the country by subjecting their work and funding to control by government authorities, including powerful security agencies.
With its draft discussed behind closed doors, the law now awaits assent by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“If this law passes, it would be a farce to say that Egypt allows ‘non-governmental’ organizations, since all would be subject to the security agencies’ control,” said rights expert, Sarah Leah Whitson.
The law would affect 47 000 local and 100 foreign groups working in Egypt.
Authorities are investigating dozens of human rights groups on allegations of illegally received foreign funding, a crime under articles of the penal code amended in 2014 to carry a possible 25-year sentence. – CAJ NEWS

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