Egyptian Authorities Investigate NGOs

Monday, February 06, 2012

Egyptian police were searching the Cairo offices of American and Egyptian rights group following orders by the prosecution service which is investigating how the rights groups are financed. Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the US National Democratic Institute, an NGO rights group in downtown Cairo on December 29, 2011. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty)

Over the weekend, Egypt’s international cooperation minister, a former Mubarak regime member, said an investigation by her bureau had uncovered "plots aimed at striking at Egypt's stability."  Egyptian authorities referred 19 Americans and 2 dozen other NGO employees in Cairo to trial, and are reportedly charged with brewing unrest in Egypt. 400 Egyptian NGOs are also under investigation at this time.

Charles Dunne is mideast operations director for Freedom House, a global NGO that supports human rights. 

Guests:

Charles Dunne

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

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"Surprising to everyone" except those who knew that the Arab Spring in Egypt would lead to worse oppression and were derided for their prescient concern by the giddy progressive cheerleaders in the media.
"Smart power" at work while we wait for the Muslim Brotherhood of all people to rescue those on trial.
What else will the Brotherhood describe as "forbidden" for the Egyptian people after a hefty ransom in effect is paid to release the Americans?

Feb. 06 2012 09:23 AM

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