Egypt parliament approves contentious NGO draft bill

A general view of Egypt's parliament, where a draft bill calls for jail terms of up to five years for NGOs who break regulationsEgypt’s parliament approved a draft law to regulate the activities of non-governmental organisations, in a move expected to trigger new fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, authorities have cracked down on all sorts of opposition, including human rights organisations. The draft bill calls jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to one million Egyptian pounds ($63,300, 59,000 euros) for violations of the law, according to the heads of two NGOs who have seen the text.

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