Egypt’s parliament gives final backing to new rules for NG

Measures strongly criticised by human rights groups

30 November, 14:11

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 30 - Egypt's parliament on Tuesday approved definitively a new law regulating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and conferring sweeping powers on the security services concerning their operations.

    The law must now be ratified by President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi in order to take effect. Under the new regulations NGOs require state authorisation to receive foreign funding or local donations in excess of 10,000 Egyptian pounds, transfer their headquarters or carry out research or investigative activities, among other things. Permits will be issued by a newly created oversight body comprising government and security agencies including the intelligence agency and the interior and defence ministries. People found violating the new rules face five years in jail and hefty fines. The measures have been strongly criticised by activists in Egypt, with Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Centre for human rights studies describing them as a "massacre" for NGOs. (ANSAmed).

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