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Egypt's new NGO law will further shackle civil society

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promulgated a new law May 29 that regulates the work of NGOs, but local and international human rights activists and groups say the law is repressive and imposes unprecedented draconian restrictions.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives an address after the gunmen attack in Minya, accompanied by leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council for Police (unseen), at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX37T68
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CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed into law May 29 a controversial bill approved by parliament six months earlier that regulates the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

The new law has been harshly criticized by human rights organizations, who argue that it cripples the work of NGOs, increases their administrative burdens and sets forth draconian punitive measures against the groups.

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