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Court calls on Interior Ministry to pursue HRW for ‘illegal’ operation in Egypt

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.

Egyptian government ‘increases human rights violations’ under Trump

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.

MP Al-Sadat goes to prosecution as problems with parliament escalate

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.

While a bad year for civil society, all vow to find ways to continue

2016 was the first time that Karim-Yassin Goessinger felt paranoid and threatened. Goessinger set up the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2013 with a small personal investment. Three years on, CILAS has grown to become a key learning space that provides a yearlong theoretical, discussion-based and practical …

UK criticizes new NGO law calling it a ‘step backwards’

The British government has criticized Egypt’s new NGO law, calling it “a step backwards.” This is the first intergovernmental response to the law since it was passed by Parliament on November 29.

Update: Egypt’s Parliament passes new NGO law

Egypt’s Parliament hastily approved a new NGO law on Tuesday, just a day after the State Council concluded it has no indications of unconstitutionality.

Rights defenders criticize Egypt’s new Cabinet-approved NGO law

The government approved Egypt’s new draft NGO law on Thursday, sending it to the State Council and then Parliament for review. The bill has been met with staunch criticism from civil society organizations and human rights defenders, who say it further obstructs independent human rights work in Egypt.