Egyptian Government Tighten Reins on Aid Agencies

The Egyptian government wants to tighten the control of NGOs, Non-Governmental Organizations with a bill in draft for a new law. NGO workers and others working for civil society freedom oppose the bill.

Head of a local NGO, the Cairo Centre for Human Rights, Baheieddin Hassan says,

“Egypt’s civil society is crippled already with laws that curb its freedom. The new law will inhibit civil society even more by doing what amounts to nationalizing it.”

The new bill will appoint a government association called the General Federation for Civil Society Organizations to authorize the work of local NGO’s. It will give the government the right to intervene in board elections of local NGO’s.

Opposition feels the bill is an effort to mute strong human rights movements composed of NGO’s and advocacy groups that have remained independent of government control in Egypt.

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