Egypt

82 million people
2,600 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
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written by
Laurna Strikwerda
Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

How U.S. institutions handle the situation in Ferguson, Missouri will have a global impact.

The incident is part of the Egyptian government’s ongoing campaign of repression, where for the past several years it has worked to sever the links between Egyptian civil society and international NGOs and silence human rights organizations working to expose violations against ordinary citizens and the opposition.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

" يعتبر ذلك الحادث جزء من حملات  القمع المستمرة  التى تبنتها الحكومة المصرية خلال الاعوام القليلة السابقة  والتى عملت على  قطع الروابط بين المجتمع المدنى المصرى والمنظمات غير الحكومية الدولية  ، واسكات المنظمات غير  الحكومية التى تعمل على فضح انتهاكات حقوق الانسان التى ترتكب ضد المواطن البسيط والمعارضة ، " قال تشارلز دون ، مدير برنامج الشرق الاوسط وشمال افريقيا بمؤسسة بيت الحرية . " يجب على النظام المصرى ان يتوقف عن استهداف منظمات حقوق الإنسان الدولية،  نظراً لان تلك الحملة  تمثل انتهاكاً للاعراف الدولية  والالتزمات التى وقعت عليها مصر . " 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Egyptian NGOs committed to democracy could play a major role in steering the government to liberal political change, and drawing the attention of the world to its successes and shortcoming. But the government of Egypt has moved swiftly to forestall this possibility," said Charles Dunne, director for Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House, in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.                                                                
 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

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