In this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 photo, members of Egypt's Parliament attend the inaugural session, the first to convene in three years, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Said Shahat)
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Egypt's parliament Tuesday approved a bill to regulate non-governmental organizations in a move human rights groups say effectively bans their work.Parliament approved all 89 articles of the bill Tuesday but sent it to the State Council for review and will hold a final vote on it later.The government had been working on a similar bill for the past two years, but 204 lawmakers drafted their own version, which parliament began debating on Monday.Rights groups have repeatedly criticized leaked drafts of the government's bill but say parliament's version is much more stringent, including penalties of up to five years in jail and fines of up to 1 million Egyptian pounds ($65,573).A case against dozens of Egyptian NGOs and lawyers was never closed but remained largely dormant until this year when a court in September approved a freeze on the assets of five human rights activists and three NGOs accused of receiving foreign funds.
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