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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 …

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, …

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.

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.

Former MB supreme guide to receive medical care following campaign by rights activists

Former Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide, 88-year-old Mahdi Akef, was relocated from the prisoners’ ward of Qasr al-Aini Hospital to a medium-care unit on Monday, following a meeting between an all-female group of rights activists and physicians and Mohamed Fayeq, chief of the state-appointed National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) on …

The Prisoners’ Handbook

The Prisoners’ Handbook explains the legal frame governing prisons in Egypt using a question/ answer form that unravels the legal structure of prisons according to prison laws and regulations. It tackles different topics explaining the prison rules: on one hand, the rights and obligations of prisoners and on the other …