General Mobilization

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Perry Cammack Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77948 A divided government with ballooning defense budgets pursuing a nationalist agenda. A president responding to growing public distrust by wrapping himself in the military’s popular legitimacy. The militarization of the upper echelons of decisionmaking. This describes Egypt under President ‘Abdel-Fattah...

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Report – Prayers Unanswered: Assessing the Impact of Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law

Source: POMED Author(s): Mahmoud Farouk, Amy Hawthorne, Ahmed Rizk Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-prayers-unanswered-assessing-the-impact-of-egypts-2016-church-construction-law/ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to improve the situation of the country’s Christians, who by many estimates constitute about ten percent of the population and face pervasive discrimination...

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Power Politics or Principle?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown and and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77928 After publicly squabbling over divorce law and religious language, Egypt’s presidency and its leading Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, have moved their clash to a much more arcane level. Today, they disagree over how much society is threatened by debating the authenticity...

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Al-Azhar’s Role in Freedom of Belief in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Islam Barakat Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/al-azhars-role-in-freedom-of-belief-in-egypt/ “Today, there is no freedom, especially the freedom of religion. The Ministry of Religious Endowments will not allow unlicensed preachers to give sermons at mosques. We are the sole competent authority to decide on this...

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Egypt’s Universal Health Insurance System

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypts-universal-health-insurance-system/ The universal health insurance system in Egypt is one of the most important projects that Egyptians have dreamed of, particularly during the past few decades. However, politicians have always used the project to make temporary gains by frequently...

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The Challenges Facing Egypt’s Female Migrant Workers

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): Eman Elwarakky Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/the-challenges-facing-egypts-female-migrant-workers Safiya, 30, wakes up to the sound of her mother yelling, “Get up now or the car will leave without you.” A new morning brings with it the same misery: Safiya is one of thousands of migrant workers in rural...

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Egypt: Mass Arrests of Lawyers, Activists

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/18/egypt-mass-arrests-lawyers-activists (Beirut) – Egyptian police and National Security Agency (NSA) forces have conducted a mass arrest campaign, rounding up at least 40 human rights workers, lawyers, and political activists since late October 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of those arrested...

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Egypt: Redraft civil society law to protect, not punish, independent organizations

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://cihrs.org/egypt-redraft-civil-society-law-to-protect-not-punish-independent-organizations/?lang=en   With President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently calling for a review of Law 70 of 2017 regulating civic organizations, the undersigned rights organizations emphasize the futility of any attempt to revise...

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US Congress Should Not Be Fooled By Egypt’s Platitudes

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Elisa Epstein Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/14/us-congress-should-not-be-fooled-egypts-platitudes   US policymakers shouldn’t be fooled by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent call to review Egypt’s draconian 2017 NGO law, which effectively criminalized non-governmental groups and set the path for “unprecedented”...

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Critics blast amendments to Journalists Syndicate law drafted behind closed doors

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/01/feature/politics/critics-blast-draft-amendments-to-journalists-syndicate-law/ Proposed amendments to the law governing Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate have come under fire for bypassing normal procedural channels and being rushed through without input from syndicate members. Critics claim the amendments...

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Death Sentence for 20 Egyptians upheld in latest affront to UN calls to abolish capital punishment

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Original link: https://cihrs.org/death-sentence-for-20-egyptians-upheld-in-latest-affront-to-un-calls-to-abolish-capital-punishment/?lang=en The undersigned organizations denounce the ruling on September 24, 2018 to uphold the death sentences of 20 defendants in connection with the 2013 attack on the Kerdasa police station. Egypt’s use of the...

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Egypt’s judicial theatre of injustice

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations Author(s): Anthony Dworkin Original Link: https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_egypts_judicial_theatre_of_injustice As European governments look to Egypt as a partner, the country’s human rights record continues to suffer with an escalating use of executions More than five years after Egyptian security forces violently broke up a Muslim...

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