Civil society law in Egypt still not activated
Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly - YOUM7/Dina Romeiah
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: The civil society law is still on the shelf despite it going through six different transtional governments since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 but the law has not seen the light until now, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The draft was finished under the knowledge of civil society representatives and Ministry of Solidarity during the former government of then-Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy.

The current Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly withdrew six drafts, including the one of civil society, on April 17, saying that the officials in the ministry did not read the draft articles.

The draft stated that NGOs can be established after notifying the concerned authorities, following a 60-day waiting period to get an administrative approval as long as they finish the necessary papers and measures.

Waly withdrew the draft to review them after many institutes denounced not participating in the writing process, VetoGate reported on April 17. The minister is expected to assign the drafts to different committees to be presented to the Council of Minister afterwards.

The law would organize civil society organizations in Egypt, including procedures of their launch, the complete nature of their work, terms of membership, and the definition of NGOs in Egypt.

El-Watan published a copy of the mentioned draft November with 96 different articles discussing the independence of NGOs, the inspection measures, and procedures of receiving grants.

Additionally reporting by Medhat Wahba.

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