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Members of Congress Urge State Department to Continue Pressure on Egyptian Officials

Rep. Don Beyer, joined by two dozen other Members of Congress, urged ongoing pressure from the State Department on Egyptian officials to cease their harassment of the media, human rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The letter, spurred by a request from the Fund for Global Human Rights and supported by Amnesty International, Freedom House, Human Rights First, and the Project on Middle East Democracy, comes less than two weeks before the May 23 resumption by the Egyptian government of deliberations on a 2011 foreign funding case against numerous human rights organizations.

Among the issues the letter calls for are an end to this case, the lifting of travel bans and asset freezes that were “arbitrarily ordered against human rights defenders,” and the pardoning of all NGO staff who were convicted in the foreign funding case.

The full letter and list of signers can be found here