EOHR submits draft legistlation on civil society to Egypt’s parliament

November 13th, 2016 by Editor

EOHR submits draft legistlation on civil society to Egypt’s parliament

 

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) submitted a draft legistlation on civil society to Dr. Abdel Hadi Al Kasabi chairman of the parliamentary committee on social solidarity. The legistlation was drafted by the supreme committee on civil activism that was established by Dr. Ahmed El Borai (then minister of social solidarity) by ministerial decree 164 on the 30th of July 2013. Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR was the coordinator of this committee that included 18 civil society organizations and unions.

EOHR stressed that the draft proposed by this committee are far better in comparison than the draft laws the government has proposed..

The draft law of 2013 aims at the following:

1- Facilitation of regulations to establish civil society organizations, through the attainment of legal status once its papers are submitted to the administrative agency without need for prior approval by that same agency.

2- Freedom of action for civil society organizations regardless of the field of work.

3- The protection of civil society organizations, and the regulation of relations between the state and civil society so that they can treat each others as equals.

4- All disputes between NGOs and the government will be settled by the administartive Judiciary.

5- Transparency through obligating civil society organizations to publish their budgets in public if they exceed 20,000 EGP

6- The draft law allows the ministry of social affairs to let foriegn NGOs function in Egypt according to international human rights  law, national laws and regulations, and a coordination committee composed of 3 ministries

7- The minister of social solidarity has to issue the executive charter of the law within 6 months of its promulgation.

8- The cancellation of imprisonment as a punishment for breaking this law, and reducing the punishment to fine.

9- NGOs have the right to seek, and get funding after notifying the authorities while adhering to the norms of transparency.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada chairman of EOHR said that the draft in its second article seeks to encourage the creation of civil society organizations, and supports their participation and contribution to sustainable development, in addition to encouragin volunteer work, democracy, and good governance in accordance with international human rights treaties and conventions. Abu Seada added that this law gurantees the freedom to establish NGOs, and the independence of civil society without any obstacles by the state which will come in line with Egypt’s international committements

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