Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
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

Israel threatens Iran again as nuclear deal talks set to resume and other stories

Today we look at Israel’s recent threats against Iran as JCPOA talks resume, a report on Egypt’s use of French intelligence to kill civilians, and more

Thai court rules calls for reform as “attempts to overthrow the monarchy” and other stories

Today we look at a Thai court ruling declaring calls for reform “attempts to overthrow the monarchy”, a strike in Tunisia after the death of an anti-landfill protestor, and more

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 

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

Political prisoners in Egypt Prominent Egyptians announce hunger strike in solidarity with political prisoners

Journalist Karim Yehia, human rights activist Mohammed Zaree and anti-torture activist Aida Seif al-Dawla are among those who announced hunger strikes in solidarity with the approximately 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt

Human rights violation in Egypt Rights groups sign letter denouncing human rights abuses in Egypt 

The letter signed by 63 organizations expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, detention and judicial persecution of human rights activists in Egypt

Workers of Egyptian Iron and Steel Company protest liquidation decision

Nearly 500 workers staged a protest in front of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Company headquarters after the management announced the shutting down of production, independent news organization Mada Masr reported

US aid to Egypt Do not use national security waiver to clear military aid to Egypt, rights groups urge US

Fourteen organizations wrote to the Joe Biden administration urging it not to use a national security waiver to clear military aid to Egypt. The waiver has been used in the past to avoid an evaluation of Egypt’s human rights record as part of the aid is conditional

Khaled-Dawoud released Egypt Egyptian journalist-politician Khaled Dawoud freed after over 18 months in pre-trial detention

Dawoud was released pending investigations although the prosecution has not presented any evidence in court to support the charges against him. He faces charges of “collaborating with a terrorist organization”, “publishing false information” and “misusing social media

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