Egypt’s Attack on Civil Society

Source: Cairo Institute For Human Rights Studies
Author(s): Bahey Eldin Hassan

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Compared with some of my fellow Egyptians, I have been lucky. I have received only death threats. Some of my countrymen and women have lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and dignity.

My first death threat came 25 years ago from a group of Islamists known for violence. The second came from the government, only two weeks after the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2014. My crime: defending human rights.

For over 60 years, military strongmen and Islamists have hindered Egypt’s progression toward modernity, partly through hostility to human rights. The death threats against me are but one small example….

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