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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Hardened and Brittle: Egypt’s Authoritarian Fragility

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Timothy E. Kaldas Original Link:  https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/hardened-and-brittle-egypts-authoritarian-fragility/ At the core of many states’ decisions to maintain close ties with Egypt’s ruling government and its president Abdel-Fattah El Sisi is their confidence in the strength and stability of his regime. At a time in...

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Egypt as an Authoritarian Vanguard

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Sherif Mohyeldeen and Noha Khaled Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80585 Among the hundreds of chants by Arab protestors in Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, and Lebanon during recent months of demonstrations, in what may be considered a second wave of the so-called Arab Spring, those directed against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi have been...

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Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Amy Fallas Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/ramy-kamel-mada-masr-and-seeing-coptic-issues-as-civil-liberties-in-egypt/ On November 23 security forces arrested Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist and founder of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), from his home in Cairo, preventing him from accessing legal representation...

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“Freedom for the Black Gown”: Egypt’s Crackdown on Lawyers and the Rule of Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Yasmin Omar Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/freedom-for-the-black-gown-egypts-crackdown-on-lawyers-and-the-rule-of-law/ In 2016, Egyptian human rights lawyers launched “Freedom for the Black Gown,” a campaign dedicated to highlighting the ongoing crackdown that had expanded to include the legal community. The...

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How the Egyptian State Codifies Media Censorship

Source:  The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Nourhan Fahmy Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/how-the-egyptian-state-codifies-media-censorship/ With a raid on one of Egypt’s only independent news media outlets and the arrest of four additional journalists in just two weeks, rights groups and press freedom advocates sounded the alarm yet again regarding the...

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UN rights review roundly criticizes Egypt over prison conditions, civil society violations, discrimination

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/18/news/u/un-rights-review-roundly-criticizes-egypt-over-prison-conditions-civil-society-violations-discrimination/ Despite intensive lobbying to stem criticism of Egypt’s track record on civil liberties and the conditions of civil society, United Nations member states issued 372 recommendations to...

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In wake of government crackdown, Egypt lobbies for support ahead of major UN human rights review

Source: Madamasr Author(s):  Asmahan Soliman and Mostafa Mohie Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/11/feature/politics/in-wake-of-government-crackdown-egypt-lobbies-for-support-ahead-of-major-un-human-rights-review/ Egypt is “fully prepared” to face all the accusations it expects will be brought against it at the Universal Periodic Review session scheduled to be held at the United...

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Social Protection and Vulnerability in Egypt: A Gendered Analysis

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Irène Selwaness and Maye Ehab Original Link:  http://erf.org.eg/publications/social-protection-and-vulnerability-in-egypt-a-gendered-analysis/ This paper presents a comprehensive review of the state of social protection in Egypt using data from the Egypt Labor Market Panel Surveys of 1998, 2006, 2012 and 2018. First, we focus on issues of social...

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Internal versus International Migration in Egypt: Together or Far Apart

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Anda David, Nelly El-Mallakh and Jackline Wahba Original Link:  http://erf.org.eg/publications/internal-versus-international-migration-in-egypt-together-or-far-apart/ This paper examines the relationship between internal, international, and return migration in Egypt. Using the Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey (ELMPS), this paper documents the evolution...

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Egypt After the 2011 Revolution: Divisions in Postprotest Pathways

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Hafsa Halawa Original Link: https://carnegieeurope.eu/2019/10/24/egypt-after-2011-revolution-divisions-in-postprotest-pathways-pub-80141 Much has been written about Egypt’s revolution in 2011. Given that the military retook power only two years later in June 2013, the widespread view is that this revolution failed utterly. However, the protests of 2011 and 2013 left...

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Egypt’s latest protests are an alarm bell for Sisi

Source: Atlantic Council Author(s): Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice Original Link:  https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/egypts-latest-protests-are-an-alarm-bell-for-sisi/ Egypt seems to be getting back to normal after a number of demonstrations against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that began on September 20. This may be the consequence of the zero-tolerance approach...

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