Azza Soliman

7 December 2016 – Azza Soliman, the founder of NGO Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance was arrested at her home in Cairo.  Her arrest warrant was signed by one of the judges overseeing the investigation into Egyptian human rights NGOs (known as Case 173 of 2011).  According to her lawyer the charge is establishing an illegal entity engaging in NGO work, receiving foreign funding to harm state interest and tax evasion. Azza Soliman was later released.

related: 5 June 2013 – 43 people are convicted for working at unregistered non-governmental organizations  (NGOs) in Egypt and receiving illegal foreign funding (source: Amnesty International) June 2014, 43 foreign and Egyptian NGO workers  were sentenced to prison terms of between one and five years and a series of international NGOs were shut down, including Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists, in relation to Case 173. (source: Amnesty International)


What organizations are involved and who is funding this?

In 2005 Azza Soliman is listed as a participant in a workshop in Kuwait

Summary. The National Democratic Institute (NDI) held in Kuwait from September 25 – 28, the fourth regional campaign school funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). “Partners in Participation” attracted women activists from 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The goals of the four-day gathering were to encourage women to become more politically active, introduce them to their counterparts in other countries, and to develop their campaign and advocacy skills.


What is the NDI?

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs was founded in 1983, shortly after the United States Congress created the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The NDI, loosely affiliated to the Democratic Party, is a “cooperating organization” with the Liberal International and an “associated organization” with the Socialist International.

The NDI receives financial support from the United States Congress, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as from approximately 35 other countries, multilateral institutions and foundations. Previous supporters include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Institutes of Peace, the government of Sweden and the Middle East Partnership Initiative.

Who funds the NDI?

Governments and Multilateral Institutions: Government of Australia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Government of Belgium, Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Government of Canada, Government of the Czech Republic, Government of Denmark, European Union, Government of Finland, Government of Germany, Government of Ireland, Government of Japan, Government of Namibia, Government of the Netherlands, Government of Norway, Organization of American States (OAS), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Government of Sweden, Government of Switzerland, Government of the United Kingdom, UN Women, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank Group, World Food Programme., Government of Yemen

Corporations, Foundations and Organizations: AHT Insurance, Amazon, American Federation of Teachers, Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Family Charitable Trust, Chevron, Glover Park Group, Google, Inc., Interational Masonry Institute, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Open Society Foundation, Prufrock Foundation, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, The Coca-Cola Company, Visa, Inc.

Individuals: Mr. S. Daniel Abraham, The Honorable Madeleine Albright, The Honorable Bernard Aronson, The Honorable Elizabeth Bagley, The Honorable James Blanchard, Mr. Rafic Bizri, Mr. Richard C. Blum, Mr. Denis O’Brien, Ms. Annie Burns, The Honorable Robin Carnahan, Mr. Timothy Collins, Mr. Frank M. Conner III, Mr. Lester Crown, The Honorable Thomas A. Daschle, Mr. John Doerr, Mr. Timothy Gill, Dr. Patrick J. Griffin, The Honorable Jane Harman, Ms. Jessica Herschend, Mr. Frank Islam, Mrs. Mari Snyder Johnson, Dr. Omar Kader, The Honorable Herb Klein, Mr. Peter Kovler, Mr. Robert Liberatore, Mr. William Mahoney, Ms. Anne McNulty, Mr. Marc Nathanson, The Honorable Nancy Rubin. Mr. Elliot Schrage. Ms. Carol Sharer, Mrs. Bren Simon, Mr. Michael Steed, Mr. Maurice Tempelsman. Ms. Lynda Thomas, Ms. Tori Thomas, Ms. Dorothy Walsh, Mr. Marvin Weissberg, Ms. Maureen White

The donors listed above contributed $5,000 or more in 2015.

NDI Board of Directors: Madeleine K. Albright, Chairman, Harriet C. Babbitt, Vice Chair, Thomas A. Daschle, Vice Chair, Marc B. Nathanson, Vice Chair, Patrick J. Griffin, Secretary, Robert G. Liberatore, Treasurer, Kenneth D. Wollack, President

Bernard W. Aronson, J. Brian Atwood, Elizabeth Bagley, Rye Barcott, Howard Berman, Richard C. Blum, Donna Brazile, Esther Brimmer, Joan Baggett Calambokidis, Robin Carnahan, Johnnie Carson
Howard Dean, Sam Gejdenson, Rachelle Horowitz, Karl F. Inderfurth, Edward “Ted” Kaufman
Peter Kovler, James C. O’Brien, Mary Cathryn Ricker, Nancy H. Rubin, Michael R. Steed
Maurice Tempelsman, Lynda Thomas, Maureen White, Tamara Cofman Wittes

Counsel Frank M. “Rusty” Conner, III

Chairmen Emeriti: Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Walter F. Mondale, Charles T. Manatt (1936-2011)

Senior Advisory Committee:  William V. Alexander, Michael D. Barnes, Bill Bradley, Emanuel Cleaver, II, Christopher J. Dodd, Michael S. Dukakis, Martin Frost, Richard N. Gardnerm Richard A. Gephardt, Peter G. Kelly, Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Elliott F. Kulick, John Lewis, Donald F. McHenry, Charles S. Robb, Esteban E. Torres, Andrew J. Young

Who is MEPI?

Middle East Partnership Initiative is a U.S. State Department program to promote political, economic, and social reform in the Middle East and North Africa. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, serving under President George W. Bush, announced the creation of MEPI in a December 2002 speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.

My Comment: Now that I have become more familiar with the organizations and the people behind these organizations, their motive and goals in the Middle East, I do not blame Egypt for trying to protect their country from the influence of globalist Marxism disguised in a cloak of virtue in form of human rights protection.

I have been alerted by Azza Soliman’s statement about witnessing Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’s killing by security forces in January 2015.  In light of her direct association with the globalist machinery, I felt compelled to link my contribution here for future reference. 

It is my opinion that Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was tasered. This ordeal would have her recover within one hour or less. My opinion is based on photographic evidence, conflicting witness accounts, amount and variety of security present and on the statement that the streets were blocked, multiple video and camera angles, individuals providing the media and their description by the Egyptian media, the organizations involved in the world wide marketing and more.

The initial reason I looked deeper into the Shaimaa case was that I saw what cannot be possible: two versions of a single occurrence, a double take.

If you want to find out more about the Shaimaa case, here is my entire report

Opinions on Egypt’s NGO Law

Understanding the Dangers of Egypt’s NGO Law

Parliament approves secretly drafted NGO law

Egypt parliament finally approves new NGOs law The law gives existing NGOs one year to adjust their legal status and creates a new regulatory body

New NGO legislation takes Egypt down a dangerous path

60 organisations call on the Egyptian government to cease silencing civil society, and to allow NGOs


Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring Agency
Africa Freedom of Information Centre
Albanian Media Institute
Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
Association for Civil Rights
Association for Media Development in South Sudan
Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Child Rights International Network
Freedom Forum
Free Media Movement
Gulf Centre for Human Rights
Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda
I’lam Arab Center for Media Freedom Development and Research
Independent Journalism Center – Moldova
Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety
Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela
International Press Centre
International Press Institute
Journaliste en danger
Maharat Foundation
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Media Watch
National Union of Somali Journalists
Norwegian PEN
Observatorio Latinoamericano para la Libertad de Expresión – OLA
Pacific Islands News Association
Pakistan Press Foundation
PEN American Center
Privacy International
Reporters Without Borders
Social Media Exchange – SMEX
South East European Network for Professionalization of Media

Amnesty International
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Asian Legal Resource Centre
Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana (ARCI)
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil)
EuroMed Rights
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
Front Line Defenders
Global Civil Society Alliance, CIVICUS
Human Rights First
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
Pan African HRDs Network
Project for Middle East Democracy (POMED)
The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)
The Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS)
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Egypt: A Letter and legal memorandum to the President; Demanding the Repeal of the NGO Law


Political Parties:

  1. Bread and Liberty Party
  2. Freedom Egypt Party
  3. El-Karama party
  4. Egyptian Popular Current

Civil Society Organization:

  1. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies “CIHRS”
  2. Adalah Center for Rights & Freedoms “ACRF”
  3. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies
  4. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms “ECRF”
  5. Foundation of the Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance
  6. Masryoon Against Religious Discrimination “MARD”
  7. National group for Human Rights and Law
  8. Nazra for Feminist Studies
  9. The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement “EACPE”
  10. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights “ECESR”
  11. The Egyptian Observatory for Training and Consultation
  12. The Human Rights Legal Assistance Group “HRLA”
  13. The New Woman Foundation “NWF”
  14. Al-Haqqanya Foundation of Rights and freedoms
  15. The Land Center for Human Rights “LCHR”
  16. Egypt Press Syndicate-Freedoms Committee
  17. Appropriate Communications Techniques for Development “ACT”
  18. Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies “ECPPS”
  19. Heliopolis Center for Political Development and Human Rights Research
  20. Arab Penal Reform Organization “APRO”
  21. Egyptian Foundation for Childhood Advancement
  22. Masryoon in One Nation Foundation

Public Figures 

  1. Ahmad Fawzi –the Egyptian Social Democratic Party
  2. Ahmed Kamel Buheiry – Popular Current
  3. Amal Abdel Hadi – Feminist Activist
  4. Tamer Sahab- Head of Freedom Egypt Party
  5. Hossam Muanas – Popular Current
  6. Hamdeen Sabahi- Founder of the Popular Current
  7. Khaled Al-Balshi – Head of the Freedoms’ Committee at the Press Syndicate
  8. Khaled Dawood – Dostour Party
  9. Khaled Ali – Founding member of the Bread and Freedom Party
  10. Raed Salamah – Popular Current
  11. Riham Salama – Member of the political committee in Freedom Egypt Party
  12. Tarek Khater – Lawyer at the Court of Cassation
  13. Ali Adel Abu Ouf – Lawyer
  14. Mohamed Samy- Head of Dostour Party and Member of the constitutional Committee
  15. Mohamed Abdel Aziz – Lawyer
  16. Mohamed El-Wan- Engineer
  17. Mohamed Mounier Megahed – Socialist Popular Alliance Party
  18. Amr Salah – Member of the constitutional Committee
  19. Amr Mohamed – Lawyer
By Khaled Dawoud

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