Egypt: Redraft civil society law to protect, not punish, independent organizations

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

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With President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently calling for a review of Law 70 of 2017 regulating civic organizations, the undersigned rights organizations emphasize the futility of any attempt to revise this fundamentally flawed law: a complete redrafting of the law, on the basis of civil society independence, is required. A simple revision of the law can address neither its irreconcilability with both Egypt’s constitution and international obligations under human rights conventions, nor its inimicalness to a functioning civil society. A new law must be issued that lifts all barriers to civic action in Egypt, in accordance with the constitution and international conventions.


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