Close Case 173
Politically-motivated Case 173, referred to by Egyptian media as the “foreign funding case,” looking into the registration and funding of Egyptian human rights organizations has escalated.
In June 2013, 43 foreign and Egyptian NGO workers were sentenced to prison terms of between one and five years and a series of international NGOs were shut down, including Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists, in relation to Case 173.
In the past year, investigative judges have ramped up pressure on Egyptian human rights groups, using arbitrary travel bans, arrests, and asset freezes to muzzle freedom of expression, association, and assembly in orchestrated efforts to dismantle the country’s human rights movement and crush the slightest signs of dissent. Leading human rights defenders are at risk of life imprisonment if convicted of the politically-motivated charges against them.
We join Egyptian civil society and international human rights organizations in calling on the Egyptian authorities to Close Case 173 and halt all intimidation and harassment tactics against human rights defenders. Help amplify this call by following and sharing #CloseCase173 online. We also call on President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi not to sign the new NGO law, which would be a "death warrant" for rights groups.
The intimidation and harassment of human rights activists has to stop.
Activists at Risk
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Learn more about the escalation in the crackdown against human rights activists and organisations in 2016:
- December 16, Urgent Action update: Human rights defender’s assets frozen
- December 9, Urgent Action update: Worrying escalation in the crackdown on NGOs
- November 25, Joint Statement: Egypt’s Draft NGO Law Dismantles Civil Society
- November 18, Public Statement, Signing new NGO bill would be a “death warrant” for Egyptian rights groups
- November 2, Joint Statement, Egypt: Lift abusive and arbitrary travel bans
- September 20, Urgent Action update, Human rights defenders’ assets frozen
- September 17, Press Release, Egypt: Asset freeze is a shameless ploy to silence human rights activism
- August 19, Urgent Action update, NGO staff and families at risk of asset freezing
- July 11, Urgent Action update, Stop harassing human rights defenders
- June 23, Joint Statement, Civil society faces existential threat
- June 17, Urgent Action update, Human rights defenders still targeted
- April 22, Urgent Action update, Concern grows for Egyptian NGOs
- April 8, Urgent Action update, NGOs face unprecedented crackdown
- March 23, Press Release, Egypt: Unprecedented Crackdown on NGOS
- February 12, Travel bans systematically used to silence human rights defenders’ voices