Egyptian Political Parties and the Civil Society Crisis

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Ragab Saad

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In Egyptian politics, the stances of political movements and parties on human rights and citizenship vary according to their relationship with the incumbent regime. A quick review of the positions of the prominent political parties on the plight facing human rights organizations over the last five years helps to clarify the contradictions of their stances on a key freedom: the freedom of assembly.

Shortly after the January 2011 uprising broke out, the regime launched a crackdown on independent human rights non-governmental organizations, as groups routinely criticized human rights violations of by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) during its 16 months ruling Egypt. The military and other remnants of the regime looked at human rights advocacy organizations as one of the key factors behind the January uprising, and aimed to crush these groups to prevent another uprising…

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