The issue Al-Osboa explored in the last few days about the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights has several consequences. One of them is related to the issue of foreign funding. Another one is related to their activities and efforts in the field of defending human rights.
We find it essential to state clearly that we condemn foreign funding, especially when it comes from governments or semi-governmental bodies that are suspected of working against Egypt’s interests. The importance of this issue justifies a decisive attitude which is needed in this stage with the escalation of the US - Zionist conspiracies against our nation.
Since the phenomenon of hostile and unrestricted foreign funding has not been an individual incident any more and because of the sensitivity of the issue, its expansion and danger, individually sorting out the problem by interrogations of the police and prosecution will not solve it. It requires basically a political solution.
It has become a phenomenon years ago and many research centers got involved in it as well as faculty members and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in huge numbers. It reaches a point where foreign funding has become a settled phenomenon. It is considered to be a source of fixed and high incomes for a vast number of intellectuals.
These things happen although everyone releases that the funding allies are hostile to our country. Our nation is defending human rights while violations of human rights are committed across the world, in especially our [Arab?] countries.
The dangerous thing in this matter is that foreign funding has made these organizations connected to the aims of the funding agencies in the long run. Their nature was originally civil. They carried out voluntary work which was free of the control of the state. But what is happening now indicates that they have turned into organizations connected to the aims of those funding them.
The recent problem is related to one organization that works in the field of human rights. It led to ignoring the main issue, which is the ’foreign funding’. In addition, it caused more concentration on human rights subjects, which helped these funding bodies to hide their real intentions.
Consequently, the positive side of these organizations’ activities is the one which is demonstrated while the negative aspect is still hidden for another stage. The blatant violation of human rights helps highlighting this positive aspect and it makes people believe that the role of these organizations is to confront the rigging of elections and criticizing the detention and torture of intellectuals.
We face both the existence and escalation of undemocratic practices and the lack of locally funded national NGOs which could condemn such practices. Locally funded NGO’s are restricted because of the restricted rules of fund-raising and the persecution of those in charge. That has made the foreign funded NGO’s gain vast popularity.
The dealing with the phenomenon of foreign funding needs basic and combined treatment. It can be done by allowing local funding of NGO’s, supporting their activities and ceasing the chasing of the organizations and stopping the violation of human rights in Egypt. It also requires a democratic political amendment that puts an end to the violation of Egyptian human rights on one hand, and starts considering
the locally funded NGO’s to enhance their concrete patriotic role on the