TIMEP Brief: Draft NGO Law of 2019

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): TIMEP  

Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/draft-ngo-law-of-2019/  

Egypt’s 2019 draft NGO Law governs the process by which domestic and foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can achieve legal recognition and sets forth provisions on their activities, oversight and monitoring, funding, and sanctions for violations of the law.

In contrast to prior laws, the draft law does away with all penalties involving jail time, and instead imposes fines ranging between 200,000 and 1 million Egyptian pounds, depending on the violation. Additionally, the draft law does away with the National Agency to Regulate the Work of Foreign NGOs, an entity created by Law No. 70 of 2017 to approve and monitor foreign funding and which had a heavy representation of security and intelligence personnel. Although both of these changes are improvements, if passed, this law still threatens to restrict civil society significantly; the following are particular areas of concern:

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