The Egyptian NGO Campaign for the Freedom to Assemble
Posted by civilsocietyindex on August 19, 2010
The Egyptian Campaign for the Freedom of Assembly has launched another joint declaration signed by 71 Egyptian NGOs protesting against the latest draft NGO bill which seems to be more restrictive than ever before(the first such joint declaration was signed by 41 NGOs in March 2010).
Egypt was a CSI partner in the 2003-2005 phase and is an important hub for civil society in the region. Despite the ongoing international pressure on the Egyptian government to in fact broaden rather than tightening the space for civil society in Egypt, recent developments show that this has not been effective. The latest draft NGO Bill is a worrying development, and seems to be a measure to further undermine Egyptian civil society before the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections to be held later this year and in 2011.
The CSI team and CIVICUS strongly supports the Egyptian activists in their efforts to influence decision makers to change the nature of the draft NGO Bill.