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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‘Union to Defend the Constitution’ brings opposition forces together to reject constitutional amendments

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/07/feature/u/union-to-defend-the-constitution-brings-opposition-forces-together-to-reject-constitutional-amendments/ Two days after a host of constitutional amendments were submitted to Egypt’s Parliament earlier this week, a number of political parties and public figures announced the establishment...

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Report – Fighting Corruption or Protecting the Regime? Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority

Source: POMED – Project on Middle East Democracy Author(s): Jessica Noll Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-corruption-egypts-administrative-control-authority/ This report explains the role of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) as an instrument of power in al-Sisi’s regime, part of a wider system of repression and control. The report discusses how authoritarian rulers use...

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Lost Capital: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Neoliberal Transformation

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Wael Gamal Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2019/02/01/lost-capital-egyptian-muslim-brotherhood-s-neoliberal-transformation-pub-78271 In an October 2011 interview, Hassan Malek, a leading Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood businessman, emphasized that the Islamist group was friendly to business. Its main problem with the economic policies of former president Hosni...

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: CORRUPTION CONTINUES AS INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL RIGHTS WEAKEN

Source: Transparency International Author(s): Transparency International Original Link: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/regional-analysis-MENA The Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 presents a grim reality in the Middle East and Northern Africa where, despite some incremental progress by a select few, most countries are failing in the fight against corruption. With an average score of...

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How French Weapons Enable Egypt’s Abuses

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Nadim Houry and Bénédicte Jeannerod Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/28/how-french-weapons-enable-egypts-abuses On January 27, President Emmanuel Macron began his first official visit to Egypt. Relations between the two countries and presidents have never been warmer. Macron has justified France’s support for Egypt, despite the well...

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Egypt’s Sectarian Committee to Combat Sectarianism

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East PolicyAuthor(s): Timothy E. KaldasOriginal Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-sectarian-committee-to-combat-sectarianism/ In late December, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi announced the formation of a committee to combat sectarianism in Egypt. On its face, Sisi’s decision is welcome, especially after a series of violent...

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Verdict for Warraq residents’ lawsuit against the government set for March 26

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/26/news/u/verdict-for-warraq-residents-lawsuit-against-the-government-set-for-march-26/ The date of March 23 has seen set for the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Warraqresidents against a government decision to develop a new urban community on the disputed Cairo island. The date, set by the State...

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Egyptian Authorities are Denigrating the Revolution

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar and Mai El-Sadany Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egyptian-authorities-are-denigrating-the-revolution/ Earlier this month, Judge Muhammad Shereen Fahmy of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma to 15 years in prison and a fine of six million Egyptian pounds in a retrial of...

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Egypt: New Moves to Crush Dissent

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/egypt-new-moves-crush-dissent Egyptian authorities increasingly relied on counterterrorism and state of emergency laws to crush peaceful dissent during 2018, including by prosecuting journalists and human rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. President Abdel Fattah...

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World Report 2019 | Events of 2018

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a second term in a largely unfree and unfair presidential election in March, his security forces have escalated a campaign of intimidation, violence, and arrests against political opponents, civil society activists...

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After CBS Interview: To What Extent Was Sisi Affected?

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Monitoring and Documentation Unit at EIS Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/after-cbs-interview-to-what-extent-was-sisi-affected/   General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s interview with CBS TV network, which was broadcast via the famous “60 Minutes” program on 6 January 2019, has sparked a wide-range debate, especially after the US network had...

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