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Egypt: Rampant impunity for security forces illustrates dark legacy of Rabaa massacre

Four years since security forces violently dispersed two sit-ins at Rabaa al Adawiya and al-Nahda squares in Greater Cairo, leaving at least 900 people dead and thousands more injured, Egypt is experiencing an unprecedented human rights crisis, said Amnesty International. Not a single person has been held to account for the events on 14 August 2013, widely known as the Rabaa massacre. Instead, hundreds who attended the protests, including journalists and photographers who were covering the events, have been arrested and are facing an unfair mass trial.

Date:
14 August 2017
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Schoolteacher among latest victims of Egypt’s chilling wave of extrajudicial executions

Information gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Egyptian security forces forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed a schoolteacher who went missing after his arrest on 9 April, in the latest evidence of a chilling pattern of unlawful killings in the country. Testimony from eyewitnesses, colleagues and family members, as well as documentary evidence, indicates that Mohamed Abdelsatar was arrested by security forces at the school where he worked in Behira Governorate.

Date:
8 August 2017
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Stronger EU-Egypt ties must not come at the expense of human rights

Hours after the tanks rolled onto Cairo’s streets on 3 July 2013 and President Mohamed Morsi’s ousting from power was declared, the EU firmly stated it would hold the new administration to account over respect for “fundamental rights, freedoms, and the rule of law”. Four years later, Egypt is facing one of the worst human rights crises the country has seen in decades. Yet, despite this, on Tuesday 25 July the EU is set to hold high-level talks with Egypt in Brussels for the first time in years.

Date:
24 July 2017
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Egypt: Investigate apparent torture and death in custody of Coptic man

The Egyptian authorities must conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into allegations that police officers tortured a man to death this week at a police station in Cairo, Amnesty International said today, urging them to ensure that witnesses who testified against the suspected perpetrators are protected from any threats or harassment. On 18 July, police officers arrested Gamal Aweida, a 43-year-old Coptic Christian man, along with a friend, from a local café and took them to Mansheyet Nasir police station for questioning in relation to a minor offence.

Date:
21 July 2017
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EU: Egypt’s dark human rights record must not be swept beneath carpet

The EU appears in danger of softening its stance on human rights violations in Egypt by resuming annual high-level meetings with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his delegation in Brussels next week, said Amnesty International. The upcoming EU-Egypt Association Council meeting is set to take place in Brussels on 25 July. The meetings had been suspended after the 2011 uprising but with concerns over regional security and migration on the rise there are fears that EU member states are more willing to turn a blind eye to grave human rights violations in the country.

Date:
19 July 2017
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Egypt: Investigate allegations of disappearance, torture and extrajudicial execution of four men

Evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Egyptian police extrajudicially executed four men who had been forcibly disappeared and tortured for periods up to four weeks after they were arrested on suspicion of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The evidence raises serious questions about government claims that the men were killed during exchanges of fire in two separate incidents on 20 and 23 June.

Date:
6 July 2017
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EU-Egypt Association Council

Amnesty International understands that the latest round of the EU-Egypt Association Council may be scheduled in July or September 2017, in order to finalize the new Partnership Priorities. Against the backdrop of increasing human rights violations, including a massive crackdown on human rights defenders, Amnesty International urges that the Association Council only goes ahead if this issue is placed front and centre on the agenda of the meeting, and is prominent in all related EU communications, particularly the official EU statement.

Date:
4 July 2017
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Egypt: Seven men facing imminent execution after being tortured in custody

The Egyptian authorities must immediately stop the imminent executions of seven men sentenced to death in two grossly unfair trials, said Amnesty International calling on them to refer the case to the senior judges at Egypt’s highest appeals court, the Court of Cassation. The organization had recently warned that legal amendments passed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi limiting the appeal process before the court could contribute to an spike in death sentences and executions in the country.

Date:
16 June 2017
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Dozens of news sites blocked as Egypt ramps up digital censorship

The Egyptian authorities have shifted their onslaught against media freedom to the digital sphere, blocking access to more than 40 news sites without justification in recent weeks, in an attempt to eliminate the country’s last remaining spaces for criticism and free expression, said Amnesty International. At least 63 websites have been blocked in total since 24 May according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, including 48 news sites.

Date:
13 June 2017