EOHR received a response from the Ministry of Social Solidarity on the threat of dissolution, It calls for passing an alternative bill replacing Law No.84 2002

May 11th, 2009 by Editor

 

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights ( EOHR) received a letter from the Ministry of Social Solidarity on Sunday 10/5/2009 . The  letter signed by Mrs. Aziza Youssef, head of the central administration for associations ,stating that “There are no such  procedures issued to dissolve EOHR’s board of trustees, Since it is just a request to the data of implementing the project related to the grant received from The Center of Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa in Morocco . The goal of the administration is to inform EOHR to such usual procedures and  the letter included a reference to  article 42 of law No. 84 2002, resulting in the conclusion that there is an attempt  to dissolve the organization  or take a legal action against it, and this did not happen”.   

 

 Mr. Hafez Abu Seada Secretary-General of EOHR, confirmed that the crisis which has escalated  recently between EOHR and the administration side reveals the need to stipulate quickly a new bill for NGOs replacing the current law No. 84 of 2002. He calls the Ministry of Social Solidarity to take into consideration  the bill which prepared by EOHR and Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies(CIHRS) and other number of NGOs when drafting the final amendments for law 84 before submitting them to the parliament.

  

As for most important principles of this bill are the following:

 

       limiting the intervention of the administrative bodies in the work of NGOs.

       Encouraging NGOs to work effectively in the community.

       Empowering NGOs to express about ideas and work freely.

       Facilitating measures of establishment through notification.

 

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights had received a letter from the Ministry of Social Solidarity warning EOHR of the possibility of dismantling the organization stating that EOHR received foreign funding without authorization.

 

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