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Joint Statement Calls on Egypt to Immediately Release Journalist Tawfik Ghanem After 150 Days in Detention

  • Published On October 26, 2021

Eleven human rights organizations call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release 66-year-old journalist Tawfik Ghanem, who has been arbitrarily detained for 150 days solely because of his media work. Pending his release, Ghanem should be granted immediate access to medical care. On 21 May 2021, Egyptian authorities subjected Tawfik Ghanem to enforced disappearance for five …

Egypt: Arsenal of repressive laws ensure continuation of permanent state of emergency

  • Published On October 26, 2021

In the wake of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement on 25 October lifting the emergency law across the country, the undersigned rights organizations assert that this has negligible impact in practice, as the rule of law has been inoperative in Egypt since the July 2013 military coup. In effect, the country has been straining under …

Egypt: Human rights catastrophe results from lack of political will, not lack of a national strategy to whitewash reality

  • Published On September 15, 2021

13 September 2021 Egypt: Human rights catastrophe results from lack of political will, not lack of a national strategy to whitewash reality Respect for human rights in Egypt - where the most fundamental rights to life, bodily integrity, and justice are violated by state institutions and agencies on a daily basis - requires first and foremost ...

Joint Statement from Human Rights Groups on Biden Decision to Grant Military Aid to Egypt

  • Published On September 14, 2021

The Biden administration's reported decision to bypass the human rights conditions on $300 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is a terrible blow to its stated commitment to human rights and to the rule of law. This administration has repeatedly said it is putting human rights at the center of its ...

Joint Statement: Enforced Disappearances in MENA

  • Published On August 30, 2021

Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we the 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the accompanying impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of ...

Coalition Letter on Imminent Executions in Egypt

  • Published On August 4, 2021

Coalition Letter on Imminent Executions in Egypt   Dear Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Risch: We the undersigned 11 organizations write to you today regarding the death penalty crisis in Egypt. As organizations advocating for human rights in Egypt and around the world, we are particularly concerned about the imminent execution of twelve men unjustly sentenced to ...

Rights groups appalled by Abbas Kamel’s efforts to silence rights defenders beyond Egypt’s borders

  • Published On July 23, 2021

We, the undersigned groups, are appalled by evidence that the Egyptian government and intelligence apparatus persist in efforts to silence human rights defenders even beyond Egypt’s borders. We call on the U.S. government to condemn these actions. According to Politico, during a June visit to Washington, D.C., the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Services, Abbas Kamel, ...

Egypt Releases Six High-Profile Political Prisoners

  • Published On July 18, 2021

We are thrilled that Egyptian authorities have released six high-profile political prisoners — Mahienour al-Massry, Lawyer Mostafa al-Asar, Journalist Moataz Wadnan, Journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah, Journalist Gamal al-Gammal, Journalist Abdel Nasser Ismail, Party Leader — from arbitrary detention on July 17 and 18. All six were prisoners of conscience, held in pretrial detention for nearly …

Press Release

  • Published On June 27, 2021

On Monday, June 28, over a dozen human rights organizations will join in a campaign to demand a halt to executions in Egypt. Led by Reprieve, a UK-based rights advocacy group, the organizations will publish a joint letter and call for a Tweetstorm using the hashtag #StopEgyExecutions. The launch of the campaign coincides with the end …

Human Rights Organizations Urge Transparency and Accountability for Egypt’s Alleged Role in Khashoggi’s Murder

  • Published On June 23, 2021

The United States should investigate what role, if any, Egyptian officials played in the killing of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, and disclose those findings publicly, said eight human rights organizations today. On June 21, Yahoo! News reported that Egyptian officials provided training to Saudi Arabia’s “Tiger Team,” the covert force found to be ...

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