First Published: 2017-01-11

Egyptian court freezes assets of two more NGOs
NGOs Nazra for Feminist Studies, Arab Penal Reform Organisation see assets frozen by court investigating civil society groups on suspicion of receiving illegal foreign funding.
Middle East Online

Nazra founder Mozn Hassan's assets also frozen

CAIRO - An Egyptian court froze the assets of two NGOs and their founders on Wednesday, in a controversial probe into civil society groups that has been criticised by the United Nations.

The court ordered a freeze on the assets of Nazra for Feminist Studies and its founder Mozn Hassan, and Mohamed Zarea and his Arab Penal Reform Organisation.

The court is investigating civil society groups on suspicion of receiving illegal foreign funding.

Wednesday's decision comes months after an Egyptian court froze the assets of five other human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations over similar accusations.

The United Nations had said it was "extremely concerned" by the September decision to freeze the assets of the activists and NGOs, which stoked fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

In November, parliament approved a bill regulating NGOs that critics said would place further restrictions on the groups' operations.

The investigation, which began in 2011, caused a diplomatic rift between Washington and Cairo after police closed down several foreign NGOs and sought to arrest their American staff.

In 2014, a court sentenced 43 Egyptians and foreigners in the case to up to five years in prison.

 

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