The United States Department of State announced three weeks ago that it would withhold $95.7 million in aid from Egypt and delay a further $195 million because of the country’s lack of respect for human rights. This decision surprised analysts as much as it reportedly startled the Egyptian government. Recent …
High commissioner for human rights: Egypt uses state of emergency to systematically restrict civil society
Egypt has used the state of emergency imposed in April 2017 to systematically silence civil society and close civic space, under the guise of countering terrorism, said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein in a speech on Monday.
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.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry shocked the public Aug. 22 by announcing it had arrested 12 people who had formed an organ trafficking network in Giza governorate, south of Cairo. The revelation sparked the public’s fear of a rise in such trafficking in the country, as did media reports this week …
The Egyptian Parliament is considering a discussion of a suggested draft bill by the National Council for Women that puts punitive sanctions, reaching one year imprisonment, for fathers, brothers and husbands who are proven guilty of physically or verbally assaulting women in their family.
The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the increasing acquisition of Egypt’s media outlets by businessmen close to the government and intelligence services in a report issued on Tuesday, following the takeover of the privately owned Al-Hayat channel.
President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi stated, on Monday, that Egypt has been dealing with its economic crisis, in spite of increased costs in the field of anti-terrorism. The country adopted a national strategic plan for 2030, following the same linear plan as the development agenda for 2030 and the Africa agenda …
Parliamentary sources said they do not expect the House of Representatives will discuss any amendments to the Constitution during the current year, adding that the General Secretariat of the parliament has not received any requests to amend the Constitution.
The National Defense and Security Committee of the Egyptian parliament is preparing a support petition to urge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for a second term at the next presidential elections, set to take place next year, MP Kamal Amer said on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia is giving free Hajj visas to 1,000 Egyptian journalists and their families in an attempt to lobby media coverage on the handing of two Red Sea islands to the kingdom, a source at the Saudi embassy in Cairo told The New Arab.