Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate

By AYA BATRAWY,Associated Press Updated at 2012-04-23 17:27:52 +0000


CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the government has denied permission to eight U.S.-based nonprofit groups to operate locally, including an election monitoring group headed by former American President Jimmy Carter.

The Social Affairs Ministry official says the licenses were denied because the groups' activities "breach the country's sovereignty." He did not elaborate.

The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media.

Sanne van den Bergh, who heads The Carter Center in Egypt, said they have not received formal notification of the decision.

An investigation into alleged violations by U.S.-based nonprofits led to a diplomatic row with Washington earlier this year after American employees were referred to trial.