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Egypt: New NGO Law Renews Draconian Restrictions

Egypt’s parliament approved a new law governing nongovernment organizations on July 14, 2019 that would maintain many of the existing restrictions on their work, Human Rights Watch said today. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should not approve the law and instead should return it to parliament for amendments.

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Civil society groups say Egypt’s draft law falls short of real change

Many human rights and relief groups are taking aim at “reforms” the Egyptian parliament approved recently in a draft bill regarding civil society organizations (CSOs) — changes they say are as bad as existing restrictions. Activists are recommending that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi send the draft back for further amendment.

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Denied medical care, 2 political prisoners die in Egypt jail

Egyptian political prisoner Omar Adel died in Egypt’s Tora Prison yesterday at the age of 29. His family tried to visit him on Saturday but were sent home after being told that Omar was being held in solitary confinement as a punishment after they found him with a mobile phone.

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Egypt: Peaceful activists among hundreds subjected to arbitrary overnight probation measures

Egyptian authorities are continuing their use of arbitrary and excessive overnight probation measures to further punish peaceful activists by forcing them to overnight in crowded police cells after their release from prison, said Amnesty International today.

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Egypt: Family of deputy Brotherhood guide persecuted since 2013

The family of Khayrat Al-Shater, deputy to the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been subject to persecution since July 2013 when he refused to accept the military coup against late Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, Arabi 21 reported yesterday.

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Sisi Has New Plans on the Future of PM Madbouly

The main decision-making circles of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime have begun new deliberations on the future of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly. The potential reshuffle comes as Egypt's parliament is in the last week of its fourth legislative term that started in October 2018. It's fifth and last term is expected to start this coming October. The General Intelligence Service (GIS), headed by General Abbas Kamel, would like there to be a broad ministerial reshuffle, sources told The New Arab, including a change in prime minister - citing a number of his failures. "He is hardworking and has constructive ideas," the source said, "but he is incapable of seeing them through," claiming that meetings are often plagued by clashes between ministers. It is unclear who would replace Madbouly. Sources told The New Arab that some lawmakers have put forward the Minister of Planning, Hala al-Saeed. As the first woman to potentially head Egypt's government, she is seen a key way to improve the image of Egypt abroad. Saeed in her role as Minister of Planning is also responsible for Egypt's negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, as well as other donors and lender, putting her in a key position. Egypt's government is introducing a range of other cuts on public spending as part of $12 billion bail-out loan from the IMF that Cairo secured in 2016. Others inside Sisi's close circle are looking to other successful minister, such as the Minister of Electricity Mohammed Shaker. Minister of Petroleum Tariq al-Muslla and Minister of Communications Amr Talat, have also been mentioned in light of the growing interest in cybersecurity. Meanwhile, Egypt's parliament on Monday approved amendments to a controversial law that rights groups say imposes strict curbs on non-governmental organisations. Sisi has faced international condemnation for a crackdown on civil society groups since he took power in 2014, a year after the military toppled president Mohamed Morsi. In May, information about a cabinet reshuffle was widely circulated in government circles, resulting in a semi-paralysis of some ministers. Egypt's last cabinet reshuffle took place in June 2018 and included the appointment of Medbouli as Prime Minister.

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater denies spying charges in rare court statement

A senior figure in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has denied charges of spying for Hamas in his first statement to a court since being arrested in 2013 in the aftermath of the coup that removed president Mohamed Morsi.

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