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Parliamentarians, activists welcome Sisi’s speech on amending NGOs law

Human rights activists and members of the House of Representatives welcomed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proposal to form a committee and conduct social dialogue on the NGOs law and that the concerned authorities re-submit the law to the House of Representatives.

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Egypt’s Ministry of Solidarity denies suspending any foreign NGOs

The Ministry of Solidarity issued a statement on Wednesday denying social media rumors regarding the suspension of several foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt, asserting that they are still working without restriction.

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What Are NGOs Doing in Egypt and What Can You Do To help?

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have had a rocky relationship with the Egyptian government in past years, which may leave many to question, what activities have NGOs been getting up to in Egypt? Too often we are only vaguely aware of the presence of them, very rarely well informed of what they …

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Civil Society from Alexandria to Aswan: Survival Strategies

One year ago, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi ratified an NGO law that codified repression of civil society in Egypt. While the state’s antipathy toward civil society was nothing new, the passage of the NGO Law allowed Sisi to accomplish one of the primary objectives of his first presidential term: to …

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A New Hope for NGOs in Egypt

On April 5, Egypt’s highest appeals court ordered a retrial in the 2012-2013 NGO foreign funding case, in which 43 U.S.- and German-based non-governmental organization employees were sentenced to up to five years in prison for illegally receiving foreign funds, operating without a license and performing prohibited activities.

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State control and sham trials: Egypt’s civil society is ‘under siege’

Life was turned upside down for Farouk* when he was forced to leave a six-year career in political development behind in late 2011, and start over in a completely different field.

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