‘Azīzah Yūsuf, Ministry of Social Solidarity under-secretary for NGO affairs, stressed that the ministry does not have any problem with the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights [http://en.eohr.org/] and does not have any intention of closing it down. It was no more than a routine to follow up how the organization spends the funds it receives from abroad, she clarified.
Yūsuf pointed out that the letter which the organization received from the ministry included the text of the article on monitoring civil society organizations’ funding which states that any society is closed down if it violates the conditions for receiving funds. This is what made the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights believe that the ministry was threatening to close down the organization.
Yūsuf clarified that many people object to the fact that NGOs receive foreign funds and that is why the ministry monitors how such funds are spent and for what purposes.
Hāfiz Abū Sa‘dah, the head of the Egyptian Organization of Human Rights, stressed that the organization is targeted because of the reports it issues which embarrass the government. However, the ministry’s response clarified the legally stated facts.