Egypt
Anhari Egypt Human right group in Egypt suspends activities citing state persecution 

The Arabic Network of Human Rights (ANHRI) accused the Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regime of waging a war against the organization. ANHRI has been documenting human rights violations and providing legal aid to victims of persecution since 2004

Egyptian activist Sanaa Seif released Egyptian human rights defender Sanaa Seif freed after 18 months in jail

Seif was convicted on March 17 on charges including “spreading fake news”, “using social media to terrorize people” and “disturbing state peace and security” after being held in pre-trial detention since June 2020

Egyptian activists trial Egyptian court sentences activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison for ‘spreading fake news’

A prominent activist in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship, Alaa has been in jail for most of the decade since for opposing the crackdown on dissent carried out by the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 

patrick zaki Egypt Egyptian court grants provisional release to human rights researcher Patrick George Zaki

Zaki was arrested in February 2020 after returning to Egypt from Italy where he was studying at the University of Bologna. He has since spent 22 months in pre-trial detention on various charges

Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat found guilty of insulting election authorities

Bahgat is the founder-director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). He has previously been targeted by successive governments for his work towards the advancement of civil liberties and human rights in Egypt

Egypt-France military cooperation Egypt targeted and killed civilians using French military intelligence, new report reveals

The report has sparked anger along with multiple calls for investigations amid revelations that France was directly responsible for 19 air strikes by Egyptian authorities which killed hundreds of people and destroyed several vehicles between 2016 and 2018

Egypt political persecution Rights groups renew pressure on Egypt to commute death sentences in 2013 Rabaa square violence case

At least 26 members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood are facing execution for their alleged participation in the protests at Rabaa square against the military coup in 2013 which deposed democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi 

Egypt lifts state of emergency after four years

The state of emergency in Egypt was first imposed in 2017. It gave the authorities powers to arbitrarily arrest people, search houses without warrants, restrict people’s freedom of gathering and movement, and conduct trials in special courts

Egyptian activists trial Trial of prominent Egyptian activists postponed, detention extended by two weeks

The judge postponed the trial of activists Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohammed el-Baqer, Mohammed Ibrahim and Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi for a review, thus extending their detention which has already surpassed the legally allowed two-year limit 

US military aid to Egypt US resumes military aid to Egypt even as jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah threatens to commit suicide

US president Joe Biden had said during his presidential campaign last year that there will be no more “blank checks for Trump’s favorite dictator,” referring to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt HRW report HRW calls for sanctions against Egypt over spate of extrajudicial killings

The human rights group also called for the UN to create an investigating and monitoring mechanism for the rapidly degrading human rights situation in Egypt due to the government’s widespread rights violations

US military aid to Egypt Amnesty International urges US to withhold $300 million military aid to Egypt

Amnesty cited Egypt’s continuously declining human rights situation and systematic abuses against citizens, which fail to meet the human rights conditions set by the US Congress for countries to be eligible for receiving US military aid

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