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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
  • Campaigns
  • 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
  • Campaigns
  • 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
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Lift abusive and arbitrary travel bans

Screenshot from a video co-produced by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, showing travel-banned Egyptian activists (clockwise, from top left) Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid, Esraa Abd al-Fattah, Mohamed Lotfy, Mozn Hassan, and Nasser Amin Human rights lawyer latest to be barred from travelling abroad   The Egyptian authorities should stop imposing travel bans to prevent human rights defenders from leaving the country and speaking out about Egypt’s appalling human rights record, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said after another prominent human rights lawyer was banned from travelling today.

Date:
2 November 2016
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  • Egypt
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Egypt: Asset freeze is a shameless ploy to silence human rights activism

The Zeinhom Criminal Court’s decision today to freeze the personal and organizational bank accounts of a group of leading and award-winning human rights lawyers and campaigners over politically motivated accusations that they are using foreign funds for illegal purposes is a reprehensible blow to Egypt’s human rights movement, Amnesty International said today. These individuals may subsequently face prosecution and prison terms of up to life, equivalent to 25 years in Egypt.

Date:
17 September 2016