Egypt freezes as­sets of ac­tivists and NGOs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

An Egyp­tian court froze as­sets of five prom­i­nent hu­man rights de­fend­ers and three non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, pro­vok­ing fears of an in­ten­si­fied crack­down on civil so­ci­ety. They had been un­der re­newed in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing for­eign funds in a case that stretches back to 2011 and had caused a diplo­matic cri­sis be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Cairo. The court de­ci­sion was slammed by the Euro­pean Union Ex­ter­nal Ac­tion Ser­vice and Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, call­ing it “a shame­less ploy to si­lence hu­man rights ac­tivism”.

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