Human Rights Groups in Egypt Brace for Crackdown Under New Law

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David D. Kirkpatrick reports for The New York Times:

‘Egyptian rights advocates and nonprofit groups are bracing for a crackdown and fleeing the country, but the official who oversees them says there is nothing to fear.

It depends in large part on how prosecutors will apply a sweeping law decreed by the new military-backed president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, as a tool to fight terrorism. Rights activists say the new rule is a sign that the crackdown on dissent following last year’s military takeover is making Egypt a stricter and more repressive police state than at any other time in the last 35 years.

“Everyone in civil society is panicking,” said Ragia Omran, a prominent human rights lawyer.

The new law imposes a potential life sentence for the crime of intending to “harm the national interest,” “compromise national unity” or “breach security or public peace,” if it involves receiving…

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