The committee on Human Rights Organizations has modified a draft on the Law of Associations that demands for the abolishment of the old NGO law, as well as the adoption of The Ministry of Solidarity’s (MOS) NGO law .

November 29th, 2018 by Editor

The committee on Human Rights Organizations has modified a draft on the Law of Associations that demands for the abolishment of the old NGO law, as well as the adoption of The Ministry of Solidarity’s (MOS) NGO law[i].

A committee on behalf of Human Rights organizations had gathered, Monday the 26th of November of 2018, in a meeting held in the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights headquarters to discuss the President of the Republic initiative regarding the Law on NGOs.

Members of the committee were dedicated to document and modify material of Law 70 of 2017 that restricts NGOs and their work, claiming that it’s necessary that Law 70 of 2017 be annulled. The supreme committee’s law project which was headed by Dr. Hafez Abu-Seada and Dr.Ahmed El-Bari, ex-minister of social solidarity which released statement 164 of 2013 on the 30th of July of 2013, had stated that a draft law protecting civil society association freedoms and human rights, and that was in accordance with international conventions and agreements, be enabled.

The committee agreed that the law should be modified accordingly:

1-Firstly, that article 70 to 77 concerning the National Regulatory Authority’s management of the work of organizations is to be deleted. Also that, 3 specific articles regarding the sanctions and penalties is removed[ii].

2-Secondly, that the board of directors as well as associations should annul articles 86 to 89 and establish a new law instead of one that would call for the imprisonment of NGOs through the application of administrative sanctions.

The focus of these modifications had brought about 33 modified articles that matched article 75 of the constitution as well as the United Nation’s manual on the right to organize.

It’s worthwhile to mention that the committee was assembled after EOHR had expressed its interest in the president’s initiative regarding the law of associations, where a committee was assembled to carry out a dialogue with the remaining civil society organizations, parliament and concerned governmental entities including the President of the Republic. Not only will the civil society’s needs be fulfilled, but also the state’s need for a democratic law that will achieve the state’s policies that are  to yield foreign investments and carry out Egypt’s 2030 sustainable development plan.

And if other NGOs and associations were to provide such modifications, then it would prove their openness to dialogue regarding the modification of the law of associations that was initiated by the President of the Republic.

Members of the Committee:

  • Dr . Hafez Abu Seada (President of the Union of Human Rights Organizations and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights).
  •      Ahmed Abdel Hafiz (Egyptian Organization for Human Rights).
  •      Farida Al-Nakash (Women Development Forum).
  •     Mohammed Anwar El-Sadat (Sadat Association for Development and Social Welfare).
  •     Huda Badran (Egyptian Women’s Union).
  •     Nejad El-Borai (Legal and Human Rights expert).
  •     Dr . Magdy Abdel Hamid (Egyptian Association for the Advancement of Community Participation).
  •     Rahma Refaat (Labor and Syndicate Services House).
  •     Hossam El Din Ali (The Egyptian Democratic Institute).

Ehab Salam (Legal expert).

[i] This Committee of 17 organizations had previously carried out a meeting on the 15th of November, 2018.

[ii] The National Regulatory Authority, which was established in Law 70 of the Law on Associations, is an apparatus that consists of 5 ministries and 4 censorship apparatuses.

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