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Nongovernmental Organizations Case (Part 2)

Court / Presiding Judge

Pretrial proceedings

Procedural History

In February 2016, it was reported that the NGO Case was being reopened against domestic nongovernmental organizations in Egypt.

Verdict

Though the formal trial has not yet begun, various court hearings have resulted in asset freezes and travel bans of a number of nongovernmental organizations’ leaders and members, as well as at least one organizational closure.

Summary of Reasoning

The case dates back to the first part of the NGO Case, in which members and staff of a number of foreign NGOs were tried and sentenced. This iteration of the case focuses on domestic NGOs.

Anecdotal Notes

A list of formal charges and defendants in this case has not yet been made available.

Legal & Judicial Implications

The proceedings in this case have, thus far, constituted severe constraints on the right to freedom of association, expression, and movement under both Egyptian domestic law and international law. Further, the lack of transparency regarding the defendants and charges in the case, raise due process and fair trial implications.