9 NGOs dissolved in Suez, 2 win lawsuit against dissolution
Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly - YOUM7/Dina Romeiah

CAIRO: Nine NGOs that allegedly belong to the Muslim Brotherhood were dissolved Thursday in Suez per a Ministry of Solidarity decision, as part of a 2013 court ruling that orders all funds of the group be frozen, Youm7 reported.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Solidarity Madiha Noun has addressed banks to freeze the funds of the nine associations, according to Youm7.

In the past six months, the ministry studied the activities and funding of 17 Brotherhood-affiliated NGOs in Suez and decided to run four and dissolve nine. The remaining two NGOs filed a lawsuit against their dissolution and won the case.

In March, the Ministry of Solidarity dissolved 99 NGOs in eight governorates; some were dissolved due to Islamist affiliations, others due to failure to register at the ministry or not operating for an extended period.

In February, 169 NGOs nationwide were dissolved. A large number of the dissolved associations are charities accused to promoting the ideology of the Brotherhood.

A new NGOs law has been criticized by the Egyptian civil society, yet the vast majority of prominent human rights organizations continue to operate in the country.

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