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Egypt New NGO Law.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi-Tuesday in the Egyptian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) enacted a law restricting their activities.

The law strictly controls non-governmental organizations, including social and labor realities, and makes it difficult for charities to provide services. Domestic and international groups the right to work or national security prohibits them to engage in anything that can be said to harm public order.

Egypt’s parliament, the Egyptian parliament approved in November 2016 and this law entered into force for that speculation about his criticized the draft law. For months, the president signed and passed the law, which was not presented to the public for discussion.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), the new draft law criticized by rights groups, the maximum fine of US $ 55,000 and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment does not comply with it.

Currently, there are more than 47,000 NGOs in Egypt that have foreign funding. Under the new law, non-governmental organizations will be subject to security intervention.

Foreign CSOs will have to pay up to $ 16,500 to begin operations in Egypt and must renew their permits on a regular basis.

All kinds of centers will need to re-register themselves as NGOs under the Ministry of Social Affairs, regardless of the services they offer. The law requires organizations to operate according to the plan and development needs of the state.

Article 87 law, a state regulatory committee – the National Authority for Regulation of Non-Governmental Organizations – NGO’s mandate will include monitoring any field of foreign funds. They should also be informed about local funds.

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