Ultimatum expires for Egypt’s civil society

Ultimatum expires for Egypt’s civil society

Rights groups in Egypt are bracing for a possible crackdown as a government-issued ultimatum expires.

The government has ordered non-governmental organizations to register by Monday under a law issued by Egypt’s longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak – which gives the state sweeping authority over their activities and financing – or face possible prosecution.

The government claims the ultimatum is a straightforward issue of law enforcement, but many rights groups view it as a direct threat amid a widespread crackdown on government critics.

In a statement Monday, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights – one of the oldest rights groups in Egypt – called on the government to extend the registration deadline so the law could be revised to comply with the constitution.

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