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Carter Center Statement on Civil Society in Egypt

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Contact: In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 404-420-5124

ATLANTA…The Carter Center is gravely concerned about the shrinking space for civil society in Egypt. The conviction this week of 43 Egyptian and foreign NGO workers who had been engaged in peaceful, democracy promotion activities is the most recent example. Also troubling, is the restrictive and onerous draft legislation to regulate civil society that is under discussion at the Shura Council currently.

Recognizing the fundamental role of civil society in the ongoing transition in Egypt, The Carter Center strongly urges President Morsi and members of the Shura Council to take proactive and positive steps to create a climate conducive to full participation in public life Egypt, both in law and in practice.

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