The status of NGOs has not been changed since Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became president in June 2014, she writes for Open Democracy:
In addition to the recent crackdown on human rights and political activists, journalists, bloggers and others, the current government has not taken any steps towards more rights and freedoms for civil society organisations. Many hoped that the government would by now have realised that the democratic process can never be completed or sustained solely by changing the top authorities without developing and altering the bottom institutions and organisations.
“If NGOs are left in peace by the authorities to conduct their social and political activities, in the long run they will help to develop a politically and socially conscious society,” Kubbara writes. “However, if the authorities constantly intervene in their affairs, and always try to contain and limit their activities and conduct, they will never be able to complete their missions and long-term goals.”
RTWT Ola Kubbara is a PhD candidate in the Euro-Mediterranean studies programme at Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science. She works on German political foundations and their democracy assistance in Egypt.