Fact Sheet – Egypt’s “New” NGO Law: As Draconian as the Old One

Source: POMED – Project on Middle East Democracy

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Original Link:  https://pomed.org/fact-sheet-egypts-new-ngo-law-as-draconian-as-the-old-one/

As Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the UN General Assembly this week—and meets today with President Donald Trump—he likely will aim to divert attention from this weekend’s anti-regime protests in Cairo and several other cities. The rare demonstrations came in response to widely publicized allegations of corruption by al-Sisi, his family, and senior military officials.

As al-Sisi seeks to highlight his government’s “positive achievements,” he may tout the new NGO law he ratified in August. Facing international and domestic criticism over a draconian 2017 NGO law—and the withholding of U.S. aid—al-Sisi agreed last year to reform the legal framework for civil society.

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