EGYPT: PERMANENT STATE OF EXCEPTION: ABUSES BY THE SUPREME STATE SECURITY PROSECUTION

Source: Amnesty International Author(s):  Amnesty International Original Link:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/1399/2019/en/ Amnesty International has examined the role of the SSSP and concluded that it is responsible for routinely violating the rights to liberty and a fair trial, ordering the arbitrary detention of thousands, and for complicity in serious violations carried out by...

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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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To Protect Religious Freedom in Egypt, Ease Authoritarian Restrictions

Source: Freedom House Author(s): Sam Selsky Original Link:  https://freedomhouse.org/blog/protect-religious-freedom-egypt-ease-authoritarian-restrictions In October 2011, thousands of Coptic Christians staged a sit-in in front of the Maspero television building in Cairo to protest a church demolition in Upper Egypt, which allegedly occurred because the church was constructed without 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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Universal Periodic Review of Egypt 34th Session

Source: Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Author(s): EIPR Original Link:  https://eipr.org/en/press/2019/11/universal-periodic-review-egypt-34th-session The following are the UPR submissions presented by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) . The first two were presented jointly with  Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms, one on the death penalty, and the other on the...

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When the Procedural is Political

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80301 In Egypt today there is little room for politics on issues in which the regime has staked out clear positions or that are deemed to be connected to security. But there is still room for vigorous debate over matters that might seem mundane, but are still consequential for Egyptians,

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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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Supporting Women’s Livelihoods in Egypt: Opportunities and Challenges

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Caroline Krafft and Emma Kettle Original Link:  http://erf.org.eg/publications/supporting-womens-livelihoods-in-egypt-opportunities-and-challenges/ In a nutshell: Egyptian women, especially rural women, have low economic participation by standard measures. Standard measures under-estimate the economic engagement of rural women. Married women work a...

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Obstacles to Renewing Religious Discourse in Egypt: Reasons and Results

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/obstacles-to-renewing-religious-discourse-in-egypt-reasons-and-results/ In recent years, the Egyptian regime has promoted a new “vision” of Islam, both locally and internationally, to combat terrorism and religious extremism. President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi not only...

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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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TIMEP Brief: Use of Surveillance Technology in MENA

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Original Link:  https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-use-of-surveillance-technology-in-mena/ Governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have increasingly procured surveillance technology, often from technology firms based in North America and Europe , in...

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“Stuck” in Transit: Systematic limitations on the integration of Syrian refugees in Egypt and its impact on mental health and well-being

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Diana Rayes Original Link:  https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/stuck-in-transit-systematic-limitations-on-the-integration-of-syrian-refugees-in-egypt-and-its-impact-on-the-mental-health-and-well-being-of-a-population-in-flux/ According to the most recent report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees...

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