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Egypt: Video of extrajudicial executions offers glimpse of hidden abuses by military in North Sinai

Information gathered by Amnesty International confirms that members of Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting dead at point blank range an unarmed man and a 17-year-old child. The organization’s experts analysed leaked video footage of the killings and compared it with photographs and a Youtube video published by the Egyptian military, as well as interviewing Sinai-based sources and experts.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Justice Systems

Draconian amendments to Egyptian laws spell further disaster for human rights

A set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees, Amnesty International said in a statement published today. The amendments were rushed through parliament after last week’s deadly bombings of three Coptic churches in Egypt that left 44 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Date:
19 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt: 10-year prison term for insulting President an outrageous assault on freedom of expression

The sentencing of a lawyer to 10 years in prison for a Facebook post exposes the abuse of Egypt’s new counterterrorism law to silence government critics, said Amnesty International. On 12 April a court in Alexandria sentenced lawyer Mohamed Ramadan to 10 years in prison, followed by five years under house arrest and a five year ban on using the internet. He was convicted on a series of vaguely worded national security charges including insulting the President, misusing social media platforms and incitement to violence under the country’s draconian counterterrorism law.

Date:
13 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Terrorism

Egypt: Authorities must address sectarian violence, not abuse emergency powers

Emergency measures included in a declaration of a state of emergency by President Abdelfattah al-Sissi in the aftermath of three deplorable church bombings in Egypt will do little to resolve the root causes of sectarian attacks against Copts in Egypt and are likely to lead to a further deterioration in human rights, Amnesty International said today. The Islamic State armed group (IS) claimed responsibility for the synchronized bombings in Tanta and another two in Alexandria which targeted Palm Sunday church services and left at least 44 dead.

Date:
10 April 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Detention

Egypt: Punitive probation measures latest tactic used to harass activists

Egyptian authorities are increasingly using arbitrary and excessive probation measures as a tactic to harass activists, said Amnesty International today. In some cases extreme conditions have been imposed, with activists released from prison forced to spend up to 12 hours a day in a police station. Police probation in Egypt requires released prisoners and detainees to spend a certain number of hours at a police station on a daily or weekly basis.

Date:
6 March 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Armed Groups

Egypt: Government must protect Coptic Christians targeted in string of deadly attacks in North Sinai

The Egyptian authorities must offer urgent protection to Coptic Christians in North Sinai and provide essential services and accommodation to hundreds who were forced to flee their homes, after seven people from the community were killed in a series of attacks there over the past month, said Amnesty International. The government has failed to take action to protect Christians in North Sinai who have increasingly faced kidnapping and assassinations by armed groups over the past three years.

Date:
1 March 2017
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Shutdown of renowned torture rehabilitation centre in Egypt

In response to the news that the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence was raided by police and shut down today Deputy Director for campaigns at Amnesty International’s Tunis regional office Najia Bounaim said: “Today’s shutdown of the El Nadeem Center, an organization which offers crucial support to survivors of torture and violence, is yet another shocking attack on civil society in Egypt.

Date:
9 February 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

Egypt: Investigate potential extrajudicial execution of North Sinai men: Six of the men were in police custody at the time of their killing

The Egyptian judicial authorities must conduct an impartial, independent and thorough investigation into the killing of 10 men by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) on 13 January in al-Arish in the North Sinai governorate and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said today. Six of the 10 men were in police custody at the time of their killing, having been held incommunicado for up to three months.

Date:
23 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 12/5534/2017