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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government continues to oversee Egypt’s worst human rights crisis in decades and has escalated the use of counterterrorism laws to prosecute peaceful dissidents. The government has arrested scores of al-Sisi’s critics, including potential presidential candidates, ahead of the 2018 presidential elections that was held in an unfair and unfree environment. Police and the National Security Agency have systematically used torture and enforced disappearances. The government has sent thousands of civilians to military courts, undermined the judiciary’s independence, and executed dozens of people following flawed trials. The government continues to ban most forms of independent organization and peaceful assembly.
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
September 23, 2019 Dispatches
How Far Will Sisi’s Government Go to Crush Protests?
Amr Magdi
Researcher, Middle East and North Africa
UNITED NATIONS
September 23, 2019 News Release
UN: World Leaders Should Speak Out for Rights
FREE SPEECH
September 21, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Respect Right to Peaceful Protest
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May 28, 2019 Video
Egypt: War Crimes in North Sinai
March 21, 2019 Video
Foreign Funding in Egypt: OK for You, But Not OK for Us?
August 13, 2018 Video
Egypt: No Justice For Rab’a Victims 5 Years On
Reports
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July 24, 2019
Egypt: New NGO Law Renews Draconian Restrictions
Disproportionately Huge Fines; Ban on Links with Foreign Groups
May 28, 2019
If You Are Afraid for Your Lives, Leave Sinai!
Egyptian Security Forces and ISIS-Affiliate Abuses in North Sinai
April 20, 2019
Egypt: Constitutional Amendments Entrench Repression
Referendum Set in Grossly Unfree, Rights-Abusive Environment
News
September 17, 2019News Release
UN: Address Egypt’s Assault on Rights
August 26, 2019 News Release
Egypt: 20 Rights NGOs Call On President Macron To Denounce Egypt's Human Rights Record During The G7 Meeting
August 9, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Investigate Treatment of Detained American
July 24, 2019 Report
Egypt: New NGO Law Renews Draconian Restrictions
July 24, 2019 Commentary
Why Is Egypt Attacking Human Rights Groups?
Hassan Elmasry
Co-Chair; Partner & Lead Portfolio Manager, Independent Franchise Partners, LLP
Published In: Mada Masr
July 15, 2019 News Release
Kuwait: 8 Egyptian Dissidents Unlawfully Returned
July 8, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Renewed Detention of Scholar’s Daughter Unlawful
June 25, 2019 Letter
The Working Group on Egypt’s Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo
June 17, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Independently Investigate Morsy’s Death
May 30, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Threats to Human Rights Watch Staff
May 28, 2019 News Release
Egypt: Serious Abuses, War Crimes in North Sinai
May 28, 2019 Witness
Why Did You Leave Sinai?
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WORLD REPORT 2019
Egypt
OUR PEOPLE
Sarah Leah Whitson
Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
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Amr Magdi
Researcher, Middle East and North Africa
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Michael Page
Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division
@MichaelARPage
Daily BriefSeptember 23, 2019
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