A New Hope for NGO’s in Egypt

Source: POMED

Author(s): Andrew Miller

Original Link: http://pomed.org/a-new-hope-for-ngos-in-egypt/

On April 5, Egypt’s highest appeals court ordered a retrial in the 2012-2013 NGO foreign funding case, in which 43 U.S.- and German-based non-governmental organization employees were sentenced to up to five years in prison for illegally receiving foreign funds, operating without a license and performing prohibited activities. The fiasco known as Case 173 began in December 2011 when the Egyptian security services raided five prominent NGOs, including the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. Travel bans were imposed against 17 Americans — including the son of a cabinet member/former congressman — who sought refuge in the U.S. embassy, plunging U.S.-Egyptian relations into a crisis.

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