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(Reuters) - A law drafted by the Egyptian presidency for regulating non-governmental organizations dashes hopes for a free civil society after the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.President Mohamed Mursi has said the bill submitted to the Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament on Wednesday would liberate a civil society that was stifled by Mubarak, who was toppled by an uprising ignited by democracy activists.Human Rights Watch said the new draft was "hostile to the very notion of independent civil society.""This draft law dashes all hopes that independent groups could operate freely and independently after the revolution," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch."Egypt's proposed NGO law would allow the government free rein to cut off funding and halt activities of groups that it finds inconvenient," she said in a statement.
Via Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/31/us-egypt-law-idUSBRE94U00Q20130531More at link.Not exactly a surprise, but saddening none the less.