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Egyptian-Irish detainee writes letter detailing torture, oppression in Egypt’s prisons

Egyptian-Irish detainee Ibrahim Halawa wrote a letter from Wadi Al-Natrun prison on Tuesday, which was later published by international media outlets, detailing the conditions of his imprisonment, as well as the torture, injustice, and oppression to which he is subjected.

Italy’s public prosecutor arrives in Egypt for updates on Regeni investigations

Italy’s deputy public prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco arrived in Egypt on Tuesday and met with Egypt’s prosecutor general Nabil Sadek to discuss recent developments in the  investigation into the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni earlier this year in Egypt.

Egypt’s refugee crisis: Sisi is the problem

On Saturday military strongman Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi promised to punish the “wrongdoers” responsible for the boat that capsized off the coast of Egypt last week. At least 194 people drowned after the overcrowded vessel gave way to the sheer number of people on board; 169 people have been rescued but …

Where does Egypt stand on its commitments to improve human rights?

A report was released on Saturday by a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGO) showing that Egypt remains behind in terms of its international commitment to human rights, despite President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s defence of his human rights record during a recent visit to New York.

Sisi takes the UN stage while he crushes human rights groups at home

Hours before President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for the UN General Assembly, an Egyptian court ruled that the assets of five prominent human rights activists and three non-governmental organisations would be frozen. The justification for this ruling was that the groups had received foreign funding without state approval.

Egypt denounces US statement calling for Aya Hegazy’s release

Egypt’s foreign ministry denounced on Sunday US statement demanding the release of US-Egyptian dual citizen Aya Hegazy, who is detained on charges related to running a local foundation for street children.

Pressure on NGOs ‘not in line’ with EU-Egypt Association Agreement: EU

Following Saturday’s verdict to freeze the assets of several prominent NGO figures and organisations, the European Union (EU) said that “increased pressure on human rights organisations and defenders is not in line with Egypt’s commitments to promote and respect human rights”.