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Cairo takes urgent measures to combat terrorism after church bombings

Terrorism struck Egypt once again on April 9, on Palm Sunday, when two bombings targeted St. George’s Church in Tanta and Saint Mark’s Church in Alexandria, killing 48 people and injuring dozens. In the aftermath, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took a series of urgent measures. He declared a three-month …

Will new union chief give Egypt more control over press?

Egypt’s media is often in the news itself as it has faced one government crackdown after another over the years. The idea of a free press in Egypt is often seen as a paradox. The recently elected president of the Egyptian Journalists’ Union, who is affiliated with the regime, now faces the thorny task …

Fact Sheet – The Dangers of Egypt’s Pending NGO Law

On November 29, 2016, the Egyptian Parliament voted overwhelmingly to pass a draconian new NGO law.* The legislation, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not yet signed, contravenes international human rights standards and Egypt’s own constitution. The pending law is even more repressive than Egypt’s existing NGO Law (84/2002). If ratified, …

Parliament Speaker to discipline yet another opposition member

Following his referral to the disciplinary committee over allegations of offending Parliament Speaker Ali Abdul Aal during Sunday’s general session, member of parliament (MP) Haitham El-Hariri said Monday that he was ready to pay any harsh price for defending his political stances in the parliament.

Online campaign calls for release of young Egyptian prisoner after life-threatening diagnosis

Social media users and activists in Egypt launched an online campaign calling for the release of 22-year old Ahmed El-Khatib after he was diagnosed a week ago with visceral leishmaniasis, a rare disease that requires instant medical intervention.

67 corruption cases in February among uncertain legislative reform: PFORT

A count of 67 corruption incidents in state institutions in February was announced in a report issued Thursday by Partners for Transparency (PFORT), also highlighting that the future of anti-corruption legislation remains uncertain in the parliament.

NCHR, Interior Ministry sign protocol to train 300 policemen on human rights

The National Council for Human Rights and the Interior Ministry, on Thursday, signed a joint protocol of cooperation for organizing training sessions for policemen on human rights. Members of the council and representatives of the ministry sectors were in attendance at the council headquarters in Giza.