Egypt: New Law Cages NGOs

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a law which heavily restricts the registration and work of non-governmental organisations.

The law, which el-Sissi signed on Monday, gives security agencies extensive power over the financing and activities of NGOs.

International rights groups described the law as draconian and a “death warrant” to rights groups, saying it would effectively lead to the shutdown of many groups.

According to Fox News, the law comes as part of el-Sissi’s wider crackdown on dissent since he rose to power in 2013, when he led a military overthrow of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.

Supporters believe that the law is necessary to regulate the groups accused of feeding chaos starting from the 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

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Meanwhile, Russian and Egyptian foreign and defense ministers have met in Cairo to discuss a range of issues including terrorism, Libya and the resumption of flights suspended since 2015 terrorist attack.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, his Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shurki held meetings on Monday with counterparts Sergey Shoygu and Sergey Lavrov.

“The talks tackled ways to combat this phenomenon,” Shurki said. He added that Russia and Egypt will continue to speak against countries harboring terrorists and providing militants a “safe haven.” He said that militant groups are using Libya as a “staging ground to threaten Egyptian national security.”

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Egypt has been hit with a wave of terrorist attacks since 2013, following the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, with the Islamic State group focusing on Coptic Christians, Egypt’s vulnerable minority.

Source: http://www.nan.ng/news/egypts-new-law-cages-ngos/






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