Egyptian Crackdown Denies Licenses to American NGOs (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/24/12)
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Egyptian authorities have refused to license eight American civil
society groups, including the election-monitoring Carter Centre,
MENA, the state news media reported.
The crackdown on foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
working in Egypt comes only a month prior to the country’s first
presidential elections since Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power.
A Social Affairs Ministry official claimed that the licenses were
denied because the groups’ activities “breach the country’s
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also warned that
if any of the groups attempt to operate without permits they will be
penalized in accordance with the law, which makes it unlikely that
The Carter Center would be allowed to observe the upcoming vote, The
Washington Post reported.
The eight NGOs include the Carter Center, Seeds of Peace, Coptic
Orphans, the Latter-day Saints Association and others.
"I do not understand how a charity group like the Coptic Orphans,
which works with over 35 churches in Egypt to provide medical and
social aid, was rejected," said Negad al-Borai, a lawyer for Coptic
In late December 2011, Egyptian police raided offices of US pro-
In February, Egypt charged 43 individuals from five foreign NGOs with
obtaining international funds illegally and failing to register their
organizations with the government.
The move, which sparked a crisis in relations between the two
countries over US aid and influence in the region, was later diffused
when the employees were granted permission to leave Egypt following
severe pressure from the United States.
Under former President Hosni Mubarak foreign-funded human rights
groups were allowed to work in Egypt but repeatedly had their
application for licenses rejected by the government.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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