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The world must not look on in silence as Egyptian media and civil society get steamrolled

This Saturday, three top journalists go on trial in Egypt. For the country’s independent media and civil society, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s the international community whose credibility is now on the line. Press Syndicate head Yahia Galash and board members Khaled Elbalshy and Gamal Abd el-Reheem are facing trial by a court system which has already jailed thousands of the government’s critics and political opponents.

Date:
1 July 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

EU: Halt arms transfers to Egypt to stop fuelling killings and torture

Almost half of European Union (EU) member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, Amnesty International said today. Despite the suspension imposed after hundreds of protesters were killed in a show of grossly excessive force by security forces in August 2013, 12 out of 28 EU member states have remained among Egypt’s main suppliers of arms and policing equipment.

Date:
25 May 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Arms Trade

David Cameron must raise human rights during Egyptian president's UK visit

Amnesty International is calling on David Cameron to use this week’s visit to the UK of the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to raise key human rights concerns in Egypt. President al-Sisi is reportedly due to visit Britain later this week, and in meetings with the prime minister the Egyptian leader is expected to discuss regional security issues, including the continued unrest in Libya. Since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, tens of thousands of people in Egypt have been detained, charged or tried in a sweeping crackdown on dissent that has targeted alleged supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, as well as journalists, human rights activists and other perceived government opponents.

Date:
4 November 2015
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Detention

Egypt: Prisoner pardons should not fool anyone at the UN

The international community must not be fooled by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s veneer of reform and empty promises, said Amnesty International ahead of a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York later today. The widely publicized prisoner pardons have yet to be implemented fully. While two Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, and several prominent activists were among those released on 23 September, seven activists remain in detention despite supposedly being pardoned last week.

Date:
28 September 2015
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Death Penalty

Egypt: As judges recuse themselves in Morsi protest trial, fears of mass death sentences persist

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice.  Three judges who made up a Court Panel which was due to hear the case against 494 people today, have recused themselves on account of objections raised by the defendants' lawyers.

Date:
12 August 2014
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt: New protest law gives security forces free rein

 A new law placing broad restrictions on protests in Egypt is a serious setback that poses a grave threat to freedom of assembly and gives security forces a free rein to use excessive force, including lethal force, against demonstrators, Amnesty International said today.  The law, signed yesterday by Egyptian President Adly Mansour, grants the Ministry of Interior wide discretionary powers over protests and lays out broad circumstances in which demonstrators can be found to violate the law.

Date:
25 November 2013
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Unlawful Killings

Recent bloodshed underscores urgent need to halt arms transfers to Egypt

All governments must suspend the transfer of weapons of the type used by Egypt’s security forces in violent dispersals and unwarranted lethal force against sit-ins and other protests, Amnesty International said today. The organization has analysed some of the transfers to Egypt in recent years – including tens of thousands of conventional weapons worth tens of millions of dollars. Among the countries supplying weapons and ammunition of the type used during the bloodshed on 14 August are the Czech Republic, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the USA.

Date:
20 August 2013
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Detention

Wire, January/February 2013. Vol. 43, issue 01

1) The Agenda 2) Up front: Kuwait at the crossroads 3) Wrongs and rights in 2012 4) One man in Guantánamo: 10 years of human wrongs 5) Egypt: These walls can speak 6) Sexual and reproductive rights: My body, my rights 7) Human Rights Friendly Schools: A vision for the future 8) Nigeria: Fighting fire with fire 9) Will the 'hands of justice' reach Pakistan's tribal areas? 10) Thailand: A quest for truth and justice 11) Libya: 'The world needs to know' 12) Haiti: No roof, no roots 13) Good news & updates: Global arms trade treaty a step closer; Nepalese man acquitted of murder by Japanese court; Myanmar prisoner amnesties continue 14) Good news: 30,000 signatures for Italy's Roma people 15) Worldwide Appeals; Brazil: Environmental campaigner at risk: Alexandre Anderson de Souza; Philippines: "Get rid of him": Darius Evangelista; Slovakia: Romani schoolchildren segregated: Romani families in Levoča; Tunisia: Young mother killed: Manal Boualagi; Ethiopia: Journalist imprisoned for treason and terrorism: Eskinder Nega; Turkey: Suspected "honour" killing: Ahmet Yildiz 16) Postcards: Give tribal areas in Pakistan human rights protections; Stop forced evictions in Haiti now!; Egypt: Never again.

Date:
1 January 2013
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NWS 21/001/2013
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  • Afghanistan
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire, November/December 2012. Vol. 42, issue 06

1) The Agenda 2) Up front: Greece: Racist attacks on the rise 3) Write for Rights: Romantic roots 4) Write a letter: Change a life 5) Write for rights: 'My goal is to live in peace' 6) Write for rights: the facts 7) Human rights and photography: 'People love to look at faces' 8) South Africa: 'I want to look back and see hate gone' 9) Afghanistan: Out in the cold 10) Egypt: Fighting back 11) 16 days of activism: Armed with anger 12) Human Rights Talk: 'I want to create change' 13) Arms Trade Treaty: History in the making 14) Mali: Divided and ruled by fear 15) Good news & updates: Petitioning Myanmar to free political prisoners; Ending torture in Tajikistan; Freed Gambian prisoner of conscience returns home 16) The power of Pussy Riot 17) Worldwide Appeals: Taiwan: At risk of execution: Chiou Ho-Shun; Belarus: Imprisoned after unfair trial: Ales Bialiatski; Nigeria: Oil spills devastate community: Bodo community; Guatemala: Mother fights for justice: Rosa Franco; Iran: Human rights activist imprisoned: Narges Mohammadi; Libya: Forced out and living in fear: The people of Tawargha: 18) Postcards: Will you help them survive the winter?; Human rights defenders in the Americas; Speaking out is not a crime.

Date:
1 November 2012
Ref:
NWS 21/006/2012
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  • Egypt
  • Armed Conflict

Egypt: Agents of repression: Egypt’s police and the case for reform

The beating to death by police of a young man in Alexandria in June 2010 led to mass campaigning against police brutality and was a major trigger of the “25 January Revolution”. This report details human rights abuses committed by the police, ranging from unlawful killings of protesters to torture of prisoners. It calls on the authorities to take significant steps to reform the police, starting with addressing the legacy of past police abuses.

Date:
2 October 2012
Ref:
MDE 12/029/2012
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Wire, May/June 2012. Vol. 42, issue 03

1) Up front: the night-crossing 2) Freedom of expression: China's defiant heart 3) Human rights talk: 'You can't just stand there and not act' 4) World Press Freedom Day: Under pressure 5) A life on hold (poster for film) 6) Policing in Europe: Keeping the peace, beating the peaceful 7) Arms Trade Treaty: Stop the ships of shame 8) Freedom of expression: On the line 9) Indigenous peoples: The making of 'Children of the jaguar' 10) Campaigning: The social networkers 11) Good news & updates: Maikel Nabil Sanad; Sudanese youth activists released; 12) Amnesty International Report 2012 13) Worldwide Appeals: Bahrain: opposition activists behind bars: 14 opposition activists; Kyrgyzstan: 'They have destroyed us': Azimjan Askarov; Mauritania: Prisoners abducted from their cells: 14 prisoners; Russian Federation: Detained chained and beaten: Islam Umarpashaev; Syria: Activist at risk of torture: Anas al-Shogre; Viet Nam: Internet activist imprisoned: Nguyen Van Ly 15) Postcards: Getting away with murder; Freedom of expression now in China; Time for a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty.

Date:
1 May 2012
Ref:
NWS 21/003/2012
  • News
  • Netherlands
  • Arms Trade

Halt ships of shame from the USA carrying weapons to Egypt

A ship carrying a cargo of weapons with explosives en route from the USA to Egypt must not be allowed to offload because of a substantial risk the weapons will be used by Egyptian security forces to commit human rights violations, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The organization has tracked the Dutch-flagged ship, MV Schippersgracht, for the past two months. It is currently in the Mediterranean Sea and due to arrive in Egypt early next week.

Date:
15 March 2012
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Egypt: Systematic failure to rein in security forces

A year after the uprising, Egypt's security forces continue to kill protesters with the same brutal tactics used in Hosni Mubarak’s last days in power, Amnesty International said after concluding that riot police yet again used excessive force in policing protests in Cairo and Suez. The protests earlier this month followed the Port Said tragedy in which more than 70 football fans from Al-Ahly club were killed after a football match on 1 February.

Date:
22 February 2012
  • Research
  • Palestine (State of)
  • Armed Conflict

Middle East and North Africa: Year of rebellion: The state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa

2011 was a year without precedent for the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa region. It was a year in which millions of people of all ages and backgrounds flooded on to the streets to demand change. Dubbed the “Arab Spring”, in fact the protests brought together in common cause people from many different communities. This report describes the events of this tumultuous year, one which saw much suffering and sadness but also spread hope within the region and beyond, to countries where other people face repression and everyday abuse of their human rights.

Date:
9 January 2012
Ref:
MDE 01/001/2012
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Arms suppliers urged to halt transfers to the Egyptian army

Global arms suppliers must halt the transfer of small arms, ammunition and other repressive equipment to the Egyptian military and security forces, Amnesty International said today after the army again violently dispersed protests in Cairo. The organization condemned the excessive use of force against protesters and called for a cessation of all transfers of small arms, light weapons and related munitions and equipment to Egypt, as well as a halt to all internal security equipment that could be used to violently suppress human rights, such as tear gas, rubber and plastic bullets and armoured vehicles.

Date:
20 December 2011
  • News
  • Egypt
  • Arms Trade

USA repeatedly shipped arms supplies to Egyptian security forces

Data obtained by Amnesty International shows that the US has repeatedly transferred ammunition to Egypt despite security forces' violent crackdown on protesters. A shipment for the Egyptian Ministry of Interior arrived from the US on 26 November carrying at least seven tons of "ammunition smoke" - which includes chemical irritants and riot control agents such as tear gas. It was one of at least three arms deliveries to Egypt by the US company Combined Systems, Inc.

Date:
7 December 2011