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Parliament’s human rights committee to conduct prisons examination to respond to HRW torture claims

Egyptian public officials have demanded visiting prisons and police stations following a recent report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the torture of prisoners.

Association of the Families of the Disappeared founder disappears at Cairo airport

Lawyer Abdel Moneim Metwally Hegazy, one of the founders of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared, disappeared from Cairo International Airport on Sunday as he was preparing to depart on a flight to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary …

Human Rights Watch’s website returns after being blocked for 48 Hours

After being blocked for 48 hours, Human Rights Watch is now accessible again in Egypt. Last Thursday, the organisation announced that the Egyptian authorities had blocked its website a day after it released a report on systematic torture in the country’s jails.

Draft bill would target Brotherhood workers in Egypt

Mohamed Abu Hamed, the deputy chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s Social Solidarity Committee, is stirring controversy in human rights circles, having revealed that he is preparing a draft law aimed at dismissing members of the Muslim Brotherhood from their public posts. Many people fear the draft law, which they say violates the …

Parties announce joint protests against parliament debate on Tiran and Sanafir handover

Several political groupings and oppositional parties organized a press conference on Sunday to reject Parliament’s debate and upcoming vote on a maritime border agreement with Saudi Arabia, slated to involve the handover of the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir.

Police arrest 28 for critical social media posts in nationwide crackdown

Police have arrested an estimated 28 activists and young members of several political parties in a sweeping security crackdown across several governorates.

MP suggests bill to put ‘blasphemers’ of Egypt’s President, Parliament in jail three years

For the sake of protecting the prestige of state icons and institutions, the head of the Parliamentary Defense and National Security Committees, Kamel Amer, introduced on Monday a draft law to add harsher penalties for those who humiliate the President and the state’s high-ranking officials, known as committting ‘lèse majestéy’, …