The ECESR sometimes coordinates with other NGOs to address human rights issues. In a report titled 'Above the State' the ECESR suggested that increased foreign investment may not lead to improved conditions for most Egyptians.
ECESR offices have been subjected to multiple raids by Egyptian police leading to protest from numerous other agencies.
2019 Egyptian protests
ECESR became well-known during the 2019 Egyptian protests for its detailed documentation of arrests of protestors and random passers-by. On 26 September 2019, five days after protests started, ECESR listed 1909 arrests related to the protests.