The Egyptian government referred the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) to investigation on the “NGOs foreign funding” case which led previously to the closure of five international organizations operating in Egypt and to jail sentences for some of their staff members.
In A new statement, 22 Egyptian NGOs including CIHRS itself condemned the latest measure and consider it a new hurdle and threat to civil society , human rights NGOs and human rights defenders in Egypt .
CIHRS is an independent regional non-governmental organization that works on promoting human rights and democracy in the Arab region. It also enjoys consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and an observer status with the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights. CIHRS has its main offices in Cairo.
The investigation was few days after the director of the CIHRS, Bahey eldin Hassan described the deteriorating in human rights situations in Egypt before the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament on 28 May 2015.
According to the CIHRS, the investigating judge in the NGO foreign funding case sent a committee from the Ministry of Social Solidarity to visit its office in Cairo to examine if the NGO and its activities complies with the restrictive Association Law 84/2002.
This is not the only obstacle CIHRS face. Lately, the NGO transferred its regional program to Tunisia after Restrictions imposed by current government on their work . Also, in 2014 Bahey eldin Hassan received death threats.