Appeals Court orders retrial in foreign funding case
EGYPT NOW 4/5— Neil (@NPSusa) April 6, 2018
Egypt court orders re-trial of NGO foreign funding case https://t.co/aOs79xYjQw / Reuters
In a move welcomed by civil society groups in Egypt, the Court of Cassation on 5th April 2018 revoked prison sentences against 16 individuals (including an American and a German national) and ordered a re-trial of their case. In 2013, 43 Egyptians and foreign NGO employees were sentenced for illegally receiving foreign funds and operating without a licence. The 'Foreign Funding case' or case No.173/2011, which was widely condemned by United Nations independent experts and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, exemplifies the crackdown on civil society organisations and consequent restrictions on civic space in Egypt.
In a joint statement issued following the decision, civil society groups declared that:
“the case rested on fabricated security allegations...after the investigative bodies failed to prove any of the charges, state-aligned media outlets launched smear campaigns against these organizations, accusing them of collaboration, espionage, and high treason. Rights organizations and defenders have been subjected to reprisals, defamation, blatant incitement to violence, and even incitement to murder”.
CSOs also noted the lack of fair trial guarantees in the case, and emphasised that justice and the rule of law must prevail if Egypt is to have any hope of creating a democratic, stable and secure society free from political extremism and terrorism.
1.Just a side note,although z court of cassation verdict today in theb#NGO trial is positive, but that doesn't mean that #sissi is opening a new page, and his second term will see improvements in the human rights situation. Still thousands in jail,people executed in shame trials— Mohamed Zare3 (@mzaree) April 5, 2018
2.still Egyptian #NGOs threatened and #HRDs banned from traveling and their assets are frozen. Today verdict is #sissi present to the international community an attempt to buy their silence on the human rights abuses and what happened in the shame #EgyElections #Egypt #EgyNGO— Mohamed Zare3 (@mzaree) April 5, 2018
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