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Egypt: Former presidential candidate Khaled Ali facing trial amid crackdown on political activists

The Egyptian authorities have intensified their crackdown on opposition activists ahead of the upcoming 2018 presidential elections, arresting at least 36 people in 17 cities from five opposition parties and political youth groups, said Amnesty International today. Many were arrested in connection with comments they posted online about the elections. Among who have faced arrest is the former presidential candidate and prominent human rights lawyer Khaled Ali who was detained yesterday and released today on bail.

Date:
24 May 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
  • Research
  • 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
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  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Further Information: Worrying escalation in the crackdown on NGOs

A spurious investigation into Egyptian human rights organizations has escalated. On 7 December, prominent women’s rights defender and lawyer Azza Soliman was arrested and charged. On 12 December, a court hearing is expected to decide on the freezing of her assets. Separately, a new draconian NGO bill is awaiting the President’s signature.

Date:
9 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 12/5305/2016
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  • Egypt
  • Unlawful Detention

Egypt: Free journalist detained for over three years for taking photos

Egyptian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release photojournalist Mohammed Abu Zeid, popularly known as Shawkan, who has spent more than three years in detention and whose court hearing takes place on Saturday 10 December, Amnesty International said today. The authorities must also drop all charges against him. “Mohammed Abu Zeid was simply doing his job when he was arrested, taking photographs of the violent dispersal by security forces of a sit-in at the Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in Cairo in 2013 that led to horrific mass killings.

Date:
8 December 2016
  • Research
  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Signing new NGO bill would be a “death warrant” for Egyptian rights groups

Egyptian president al-Sisi must not sign a new draconian bill on associations, which, if enacted, will give the government extraordinary powers over NGOs and eradicate independent civil society in Egypt, Amnesty International said today. The bill comes at a time when human rights organizations have been subjected to asset freezes, travel bans and interrogations as part of a criminal investigation that could result in life sentences for NGO leaders and staff members.

Date:
18 November 2016
Ref:
MDE 12/5171/2016
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  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt: Further Information: Trial adjourned, medical exam insisted for release: Mahmoud Abu Zeid (“Shawkan”)

A Cairo court adjourned to 19 November the trial of Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid (“Shawkan”). He faces trumped-up charges and risks the death penalty if convicted. The court also ordered that he be examined by a prison doctor after the release of two defendants on health grounds for the same illness Shawkan suffers from.

Date:
7 November 2016
Ref:
MDE 12/5103/2016