CAIRO: A human rights group founded by former US president Jimmy Carter said it has closed its office in Egypt because of a crackdown on dissent and curbs on democratic freedoms.
The authorities led by President Abdel Fattah Al Sisihave cracked down on Islamist and secular opponents with hundreds dead and thousands in jail.
The Carter Center, which opened an Egypt office in 2011 after the Arab Spring uprising, said it would not send an observation mission to assess parliamentary elections expected there later this year.
“Both Egyptian civil society and international organisations face an increasingly restrictive environment that hinders their ability to conduct credible election observation,” the group said. “The current environment in Egypt is not conducive to genuine democratic and civic participation,” former president Carter said.
The group traditionally deploys observers in elections across the world. Its statement denounced “the crackdown on dissidents, opposition groups, and critical journalists, together with heightened restrictions on core freedoms of expression, assembly and association”. AFP