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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
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

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
  • Killings and Disappearances

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
  • Research
  • Egypt
  • EU

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
Ref:
MDE 12/6760/2017
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  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
  • Research
  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Stop the onslaught against civil society

The undersigned civil society organisations express our serious concern over the recent escalation of restrictions on civil society and the public vilification of human rights defenders in Egypt. We call on the Egyptian authorities to uphold their international obligations and ensure that civil society and human rights defenders can work in a safe and enabling environment without fear of reprisals.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 12/6440/2017
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  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt: NGO law threatens to annihilate human rights groups

A new law signed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, imposing unprecedentedly harsh restrictions on NGOs, could be a death sentence for human rights groups in the country, Amnesty International said today. “This is a catastrophic blow for human rights groups working in Egypt. The severity of the restrictions imposed by this law threatens to annihilate NGOs in the country, at a time when the authorities’ escalating crackdown on dissent makes their work more important than ever, said Najia Bounaim, Campaigns Director for North Africa at Amnesty International.

Date:
30 May 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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