Middle East Eye

Sisi takes the UN stage while he crushes human rights groups at home

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi waits for a meeting with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at the Palace Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi waits for a meeting with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Palace Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Hours before President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for the UN General Assembly, an Egyptian court ruled that the assets of five prominent human rights activists and three NGOs would be frozen.

The justification for this ruling was that the groups had received foreign funding without state approval.