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This group stood up to Egypt's crackdown on human rights organizations

This group stood up to Egypt's crackdown on human rights organizations

Egypt expanded its crackdown on human rights organizations Tuesday, raiding a center that treats victims of violence and attempting to shut it down.

This time, however, the government backed down, retreating from the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence after staff members refused to comply with orders to leave. It was a rare, and perhaps fleeting, victory by a nongovernmental organization in a standoff with the government of President Abdel Fattah Sisi.

According to Magda Adly, a cofounder of El Nadeem, Health Ministry officials said they intended to close the center because it was conducting activities beyond its mandate without obtaining the required...

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