Egypt Criticised for Convictions against NGOs

June 5th, 2013   News

Egyptian authorities are facing criticism for the convictions on June 4 against 43 Egyptians and foreigners, working for NGOs in the country. Staff from Freedom House, International Republican Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung were among those convicted and the organizations are forced to close their operations in Egypt.

“They were simply working with Egyptians to help them realize their dream of a free Egypt, and instead have been made scapegoats for a government and judiciary who have betrayed the aspirations of the January 25, 2011 revolution,” sais David Kramer, President of Freedom House in a statement.

June 12, Lorne W Craner, President of International Republican Institute, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In his testimony, Craner compared the democratic transition of Egypt, which can only be described as a “mess” and appears to be headed in the wrong direction, to Tunisia’s, which “we should be modestly optimistic about.”

Read International Republican Institute’s article about Craner’s testimony

Read the statement from Freedom House

Read the statement from Senator Patrick Leahy

Read the statement from Representatives Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer

Read an article from Spiegel Onlines (in English)

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