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Wael Abbass

HRD, Journalist & Blogger
Egyptian Awareness

Wael Abbas is an Egyptian internationally acclaimed journalist and blogger. His social media accounts and blog Egyptian Awareness is followed by hundred thousands of people inside and outside Egypt. He has published several exclusive stories and videos on human rights crimes and corruption in public institutions since 2007.  

A significant crackdown on civil society in Egypt has been taking place since 2014. HRDs face an extremely challenging situation due to restrictions imposed on civil society and peaceful public gatherings and protests, travel bans, the arrest and sentencing of HRDs, bloggers, journalists and protesters, as well as an ongoing smear campaign against human rights groups.


Law 84 of 2002 regulates the establishment and functioning of NGOs. The law provides the Executive with several means and venues to exercise political control over the work of NGOs, including restricting their access to foreign funding and their ability to join international associations. It also provides the government with wide powers of dissolution. Human rights organisations are being subjected to judicial investigations by a committee of experts to assess whether they comply with Association Law 84/2002. Bans on their events have also been taking place.