Unmask Them is raising a collective voice against the violations of Egyptian’s rights, especially against the most marginalised people, and the civil and human rights activists that are prosecuted by the regime.
Law 70 in particular is being used to attacks the work of local and international civil society organisations in Egypt, and strikes at the base of human rights protections proclaimed in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The responsibility to uphold these basic human rights and fundamental freedoms lies with international bodies such as the United Nations and United Nations Human Rights Council, and most of all their member states. The Egyptian government is failing in responsibilities by systematically undermining these freedoms.
For too long the international community has turned a blind eye to the steady erosion of human rights in Egypt, thus encouraging the authorities to ramp up their attacks on peaceful criticism without fear of being held to account.
Unmask Them has four demands.
1. We call on the Egyptian government to repeal Law 70 in accordance with its domestic and international obligations to protect freedom of association.
2. We call upon the Egyptian government to drop all existing criminal investigations into NGOs.
3. Additionally, we call on Egypt’s international partners providing foreign assistance and economic aid, such as the United States and the European Union, to use their influence to urge the Egyptian government to allow NGOs to fulfil their function within civil society.
4. Moreover, international bodies such as the United Nations and United Nations Human Rights Council, and their member states, should use their positions as mediators within the international community to hold Egypt accountable for legislation that muzzles civil society to such a severe degree