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Egypt's shrinking space for civil society

The Egyptian government crackdown on civil society organizations has intensified with the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer.

Egyptian security forces arrested prominent human rights lawyer Azza Soliman at her home in Cairo on Dec. 7. An investigative judge interrogated Soliman, the founder of the Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance, a nonprofit that provides legal and social services to women, before she was released on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (around $1,100).

According to Soliman's lawyer, Mahmoud Belal, Soliman was charged with "receiving foreign funding to harm the state’s interest; tax evasion; and establishment of an entity that conducts activities similar to those of a [nongovernmental organization]."

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