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Executing Justice in Egypt

On June 7, the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest court, issued a ruling reaffirming the death penalty for six young men from Mansoura who have been in jail since 2014. This is part of a surge in executions over the past few years. Executions increased from 15 in 2014 to 22 in …

All the President’s MPs: The Egyptian Parliament’s Role In Burying Human Rights and Silencing Dissent

The parliament is more of a rubber stamp for the executive branch and more active in constraining citizens’ rights and freedoms than any Egyptian legislature in decades. Security agencies reportedly play an active role in influencing the parliament.

Uproar headlines Parliament’s discussion of Red Sea Islands agreement

Massive disputes erupted on Sunday among Egypt’s Parliament members while discussing the maritime demarcation agreement that grants Saudi Arabia sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanfir.

Egypt’s security authorities raise state of alert

A security official at the Ministry of the Interior said on Friday that the security authorities raised the state of alert nationwide, coinciding with the changes that took place on the regional arena, the latest of which was the boycott of Qatar by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain …

Transparency International to Egypt: Stop the onslaught against civil society

The undersigned civil society organisations express our serious concern over the recent escalation of restrictions on civil society and the public vilification of human rights defenders in Egypt. We call on the Egyptian authorities to uphold their international obligations and ensure that civil society and human rights defenders can work …

US senators, Amnesty criticise Egypt’s recently approved NGO law

US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticised the recent approval of Egypt’s contentious NGO law, deeming it “draconian legislation” that seeks to regulate the work of nongovernmental organizations, in a statement on Wednesday.

The Battle Over Al-Azhar

Over the past month, debate in Egypt has centered around a legislative initiative designed to reorganize the way the country’s religious establishment is governed.