Blocking the Defenders: Egypt’s Closure of El Nadeem

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Magda Adly

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At 11 a.m. on the morning of February 9, 2017, two doctors from the Free Treatment Department of the Ministry of Health, accompanied by about 50 policemen, headed toward the El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Torture. Once there, they proceeded to seal the doors to the rooms belonging to the center.  The center’s employees, were not present, as Thursday is not a working day for the organization. On their way back, the police force arrested the building doorman and questioned him at the police station before allowing him to leave. It appears that the police had investigated the center’s opening hours in order to shut it down in the doctors’ absence, something they had failed to accomplish twice last year, in February and in April…

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