Former interior ministry official accuses human rights with bribery
Dalia Ziada, Executive director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former Minister of Interior assistant Farouk al-Megrahi accused human rights organizations of bribery by receiving “money under the table.” He demanded organizations to have their money under financial control, he said in an interview with 90 Minutes on Al-Mehwar TV Thursday.

Megrahi called to expose the money that goes into the human rights organization and to direct control by the Central Auditing Agency, Public Funds Investigation Department, and administrative control. He said that censorship on their organizations is “farcical and not precise.”

Most human rights organizations denied they received any funds for almost one year since after the June 30 Demonstrations.

A large number of NGOs were threatened to close after the funds offered by foreign organizations stopped in the aftermath of the June 30 Demonstrations, head of the Egyptian organization for human rights Hafez Abou Saeda told Youm7 Thursday.

Saeda said NGOs create helpful projects, charity, and research and the shortage of funding would affect work. He said that organizations does not currently have any funds and would have closed if they did not look for other funding sources.

Foreign funding to the Egyptian human rights organizations were halted for more than a year after June 30, which lead to the cancelation of some projects, executive manager of Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies Dalia Zeyada said.

NGOs have depended for long time on U.S. funding, Zeyada told Youm7 Thursday. When the U.S. started to officially reduce its aids to Egypt, the problem of funding NGOs emerged. The U.S.’s support to Egypt is directly linked to the support of the NGOs.

Due to the shortage of foreign funding, NGOs depended on its own funds, which are not enough, she said. The request for receiving one grant takes a year while European funding grants needs time and effort.

Zeyada suggested a solution to open a new page with NGOs and not to be dealt as a hostile entity to the stat. She called for local businessmen to support the civil society.

Zeyada said cancelling funds can be a positive aspect to reveal the corrupt and those who personally benefit from the funding but it is mostly negative because “the foreign funding is our [NGOs] lifeblood.”

Human rights activist Negad El Borai denied to Youm7 the suspension of foreign funding and that it did not been stop.

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