Source: Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies
Original Link: http://www.cihrs.org/?p=20004&lang=en
We the undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the ratification of a new law regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt, issued by President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi on Wednesday, May 24. The law ushers in unprecedented levels of repression and will criminalize the work of many NGOs, making it impossible for them to function independently.
Implications of the law include the absence of valuable human development and charity initiatives, and a media opacity and lack of accountability around government abuses. These functions of Egyptian NGOs are particularly essential amid the current security and socioeconomic crises. Vulnerable Egyptians and refugees on Egyptian territory are in ever-growing need of the support and essential services provided by the NGOs targeted by this law—such as social services, education and poverty alleviation, as well as legal, medical or psychological support to survivors of torture, abuse and gender-based violence….
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