Civil Society Representatives: The draft law is a positive step forward and civil society association needs every support available.

September 24th, 2013 by Editor

The meeting participants have examined a copy of the draft of the new law of NGOs, and they have agreed that the draft law reflects the demands of civil society associations; especially that the committee formed to propose the draft law is made up of civil society representatives from civil, developmental, and service organizations.

Moreover, civil society representatives and human rights’ activists have praised some articles encompassed in the draft law including the establishment of civil society associations by notification, the inadmissibility of dissolving NGOs by an administrative decision as the court should be the only entity specialized in examining dissolve requests, the freedom to establishment of coalitions, networks, and specialized unions that foster collective work, establishing and fostering regional unions and public federation based on the election of board members, facilitating the process of receiving funds and grants by NGOs which will lead to the implementation of their work, and the law progress towards eliminating punishments and restrictions that hinder the freedom of NGOs’ work; as imposing fines will be sufficient.

The meeting attendees have also praised the renewal of a chapter to establish regional and international organization in Egypt to foster the work of the Egyptian associations and NGOs on an international level.

From his side, Ahmed Abd Al-Hafeez, Vice President of EOHR, asserted that the draft law should encompass four main themes; these themes are freedom to form civil society organizations, freedom of practice, flexibility of funding with suitable restrictions on the timeframe for administrative supervision, and guarantee of democratic formation of civil society associations.

In addition, Abd Al-Hafeez commended the draft law as it encompassed an article about legislative supervision over the work of NGOs and CSOs, as well as the evaluation of the administrative work. This will ensure a legal congruence that provides a free space for the NGOs and CSOs to work.

Abd Al-Hafeez further added that the monitoring of deviated work practiced by some NGOs and civil society associations will appear in an exceptional way; in this case the one who committed these deviations should be held accountable and accordingly punished, without punishing the whole association or organization; hence issuing an administrative decision to shut down that association or organization should be ended.

Finally, Abd Al-Hafeez demanded the necessity of developing civil society work in Egypt through positive and active organizations which adopt the culture of volunteerism.

 

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