Egyptian torture NGO under threat

Speaking of crackdowns in Egypt, it seems that NGOs working on torture are also being targeted:

CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Egypt has told a rights group that aids torture victims it will be shut down for financial misdeeds, the group said on Thursday, in what activists called a government effort to quash criticism.

The Association for Human Rights Legal Aid (AHRLA) said it had received notice it was being dissolved and its assets seized over accusations it had accepted foreign funding without government approval. AHRLA denied any wrongdoing.

Egyptian and international human rights groups dismissed the accusations as political cover for an attempt to silence a group that has raised embarrassing torture cases in court. Government officials had no immediate comment.
More info in Arabic after the jump on planned demo in support on AHRLA.

وقفة احتجاجية يوم الأحد 16 سبتمبر، 10 صباحا

دعما لحق المصريين في مناهضة التعذيب
دعما
لحق المصريين في تنظيم أنفسهم
دعما
لحرية المجتمع المدني المصري

واحتجاجا على قرار إغلاق
جمعية
المساعدة القانونية لحقوق الإنسان

تدعوكم
حملة
المنظمات غير الحكومية للدفاع عن حق التنظيم

للمشاركة في وقفة احتجاجية
يوم
الأحد الموافق 16 سبتمبر 2007
(اليوم الذي حددته وزارة التضامن ومحافظ القاهرة لإغلاق جمعية المساعدة)

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