Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism today, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at “fighting extremism”, a presidential decree stated.
US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticised the recent approval of Egypt’s contentious NGO law, deeming it “draconian legislation” that seeks to regulate the work of nongovernmental organizations, in a statement on Wednesday.
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Egypt’s contentious NGO law was approved by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and published in the Official Gazette on Monday. The law will go into effect on Tuesday, May 30, over six months after it was approved by Parliament in November 2016.
Egyptian prosecutors have summoned Dr. Najd Mohammed Khamis, the wife of former Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid, for questioning as they investigate allegations she tortured orphans at a residential care owned by her association.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali said Saturday that Coptic Christian families fleeing terrorism in the city of Al-Arish, northern Sinai would be returned to their normal lives in the city within 2 to 3 days at maximum.
An Egyptian court called for the Interior Ministry to legally pursue the New York-based Human Rights Watch organization for not having state clearance to operate in Egypt, despite the international NGO not having an office or any full-time staff in the country.
In its latest clampdown on civil society, the Egyptian regime has launched a new crackdown on civil organisations by prosecuting human rights organisations under the guise of fraud and money laundering.
The crisis between member of parliament (MP) Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and the parliament continues to escalate, following state media reports that the parliament’s disciplinary committee has approved a proposal suggesting Al-Sadat’s parliamentary membership to be revoked.
The Ministry of Solidarity denied recent rumors about the “recruitment of women” with the army, stressing that all university and higher institute graduates are tasked in accordance with the law to perform public service for a year.
One step awaits Egypt’s new NGO law passed by Parliament on November 29: presidential ratification.