World Report 2020 | Events of 2019

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link:  https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/egypt The Egyptian government in 2019 passed constitutional amendments that were approved in an unfair referendum in April. The amendments consolidate authoritarian rule, undermine the judiciary’s dwindling independence, and expand the military’s power to intervene...

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Egypt: UPR Submission November 2019

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/26/egypt-upr-submission-november-2019 President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second presidential term in March 2018 elections that were held in a largely unfree and unfair environment. President al-Sisi rose to power on the heels of the June 30 mass protests, when he, as the then-defense...

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Protests in Egypt Show Trump’s Wrong about al-Sisi

Source:  Human Rights Watch Author(s):  Elisa Epstein Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/26/protests-egypt-show-trumps-wrong-about-al-sisi At the United Nations General Assembly meetings this week, US President Donald Trump praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a “great leader” who has brought Egypt out of “turmoil.” A few weeks earlier Trump reportedly...

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How Far Will Sisi’s Government Go to Crush Protests?

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Amr Magdi Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/23/how-far-will-sisis-government-go-crush-protests Time and again, Egyptian security forces have responded to peaceful protests with harsh oppression. Rare public protests this weekend were met with tear gas, the firing of live bullets, and mass arrests. Lawyers in Cairo talk of hundreds of...

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Egypt: New NGO Law Renews Draconian Restrictions

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch   Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/24/egypt-new-ngo-law-renews-draconian-restrictions Egypt’s parliament approved a new law governing nongovernment organizations on July 14, 2019 that would maintain many of the existing restrictions on their work, Human Rights Watch said today. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should not...

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Why Is Egypt Attacking Human Rights Groups?

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Hassan Elmasry Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/24/why-egypt-attacking-human-rights-groups The brave people who work to protect Egyptians from abuse are under aggressive and accelerating attack. The attackers come from the government, its proxies in the media, its security forces, and even elements of the supposedly independent...

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The Working Group on Egypt’s Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): The Working Group on Egypt Original Link:  https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/25/working-group-egypts-letter-secretary-state-pompeo Dear Secretary Pompeo, We write to ask you to express concern publicly and privately about the abysmal conditions of political detainees in Egypt, as highlighted by the June 17 death of former president Mohammad Morsi. ...

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Egypt: Independently Investigate Morsy’s Death

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/17/egypt-independently-investigate-morsys-death Egyptian authorities should be investigated for the mistreatment of former President Mohamed Morsy, who died on June 17, 2019, after years of insufficient access to medical care, Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations Human...

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If You Are Afraid for Your Lives, Leave Sinai!

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/05/28/if-you-are-afraid-your-lives-leave-sinai/egyptian-security-forces-and-isis Since 2011, the Egyptian military and police have battled ISIS-affiliated militants in North Sinai governorate. Sparsely populated, and with roughly half-a-million residents, this northern part of the Sinai...

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Egypt: Constitutional Amendments Entrench Repression

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/20/egypt-constitutional-amendments-entrench-repression The Egyptian government should withdraw proposed constitutional amendments that will consolidate authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The amendments will...

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Egypt: Set Independent Torture Inquiry

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/egypt-set-independent-torture-inquiry The Egyptian authorities’ failure to end or impartially investigate torture and mistreatment in detention facilities reinforces an urgent need for an independent international inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. As a party to the United Nations...

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Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/12/egypt-move-enhance-authoritarian-rule Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, including granting the armed forces authority to intervene in government, would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused, Human Rights Watch said today. The...

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