Egyptian rights groups fear government crackdown looms

November 9, 2014 8:56 PM

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Egyptian rights groups fear government crackdown looms

CAIRO (Reuters) - Some Egyptian human rights groups shredded documents on Sunday and instructed their staff to stay home as a government deadline approached for them to register under a Hosni Mubarak-era law they say seeks to eliminate them.

Egypt's government says groups doing the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) but not registered as such must correct their status by Monday to comply with a 2002 law it is enforcing while it works on new legislation for the sector.

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