Author(s): Rana Mamdouh
Parliament overwhelmingly approved on Monday a new law governing the operations of non-governmental organizations to replace a 2017 law currently in place.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi first called for the 2017 law to be amended in November following widespread domestic and international criticism of its provisions. While Sisi had ratified the 2017 law, its executive bylaws were never passed, creating an ambiguous legal landscape for NGOs in Egypt.
Soon after Sisi’s call for changes to the 2017 law, the prime minister created a committee to review the law, host a series of national dialogue sessions and propose amendments. In April, the committee announced it would draft an entirely new law to replace the 2017 law. A month later, the Cabinet approved a draft prepared by the Minister of Solidarity, Ghada Waly, and it was submitted to Parliament earlier this month for discussion before it was formally approved on Monday. The law will go into effect once it is ratified by the president.
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