Coronavirus: Egypt’s Prisons Could Spare Disaster with Conditional Releases

Source: Human Rights Watch |First Published in Middle East Eye Author(s): Amr Magdi Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/16/coronavirus-egypts-prisons-could-spare-disaster-conditional-releases In a country like Egypt where basic rights are severely stifled, there are many rights-related ramifications during a public health crisis. One of the most urgent is the impact on vulnerable...

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Egypt – Freedom In The World 2020

Source: Freedom House Author(s): Freedom House Original Link:  https://freedomhouse.org/country/egypt/freedom-world/2020 President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who first took power in a 2013 coup, has governed Egypt in an increasingly authoritarian manner. Meaningful political opposition is virtually nonexistent, as expressions of dissent can draw criminal prosecution and imprisonment. Civil...

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Upholding values abroad: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations Author(s): Kelly Petillo Original Link:  https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_upholding_values_abroad_europes_balancing_act_in_egypt The plight of Egyptian student George Zaki has stirred concern in his temporary home of Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Zaki was arrested and allegedly tortured at Cairo airport on 7 February upon his return from...

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Bet. Oppression and Servility Testimonies from Inside Egyptian Prisons

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Emad Sami Many researchers have addressed the punitive prison system as a complete societal system, not as an institution within the state’s institutions, but rather it was described as a separate community with its own life laws that have been developed to be commensurate with the goals of its existence –

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State Terror in Egypt: Is It Time for Accountability?

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Khalil al-Anani Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/state-terror-in-egypt-is-it-time-for-accountability/ Egyptians have been living under a cruel dictatorship since the summer of 2013. The numbers of political detainees, extrajudicial killings, deaths in prison due to torture and medical negligence, forced disappearances, and mass...

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Egypt’s Puzzling Dilemma: Escalating Challenges and Obstructed Mobilization

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Sahar Khamis Original Link:  http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-puzzling-dilemma-escalating-challenges-and-obstructed-mobilization/ When Egypt’s historic revolution erupted in 2011, stunning the world with its magnitude, peacefulness, organization, and solidarity, the popular demands chanted by the Egyptian people were...

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HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: REVIEW OF 2019

Source: Amnesty International Author(s): Amnesty International Original Link:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde01/1357/2020/en/ This report documents the state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa during 2019. It is composed of a regional overview and 19 country entries, subdivided by key human rights themes. Mass protests shook the region and authorities responded with...

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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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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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