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Does Egypt’s execution spree rest on coerced confessions?

Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15.

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Judicial officials: Constitutional amendments final battleground in struggle for judicial independence

In a meeting with Middle Eastern and North African general prosecutors in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi once again stressed the importance of judicial independence, asserting that “no one can interfere with the work of the judiciary.”

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Sisi’s Grab for Brotherhood Assets

On September 11, Egypt’s Committee for Inventory, Seizure, and Management of Terrorist Funds announced that it had seized assets belonging to 1,589 Muslim Brotherhood supporters or alleged sympathizers, as well as 118 companies, 1,133 NGOs, 104 schools, 69 hospitals, and 33 websites and TV channels with alleged ties to the …

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Security forces raid Al-Mesryoon newspaper, hand management over to state-owned publication

Security forces raided the headquarters of the privately owned Al-Mesryoon newspaper on Monday and handed management of the publication over to a committee from the state-owned Al-Akhbar news outlet, according to Arabic Network for Human Rights Information lawyer Nour Fahmy.

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Egypt is continuing to seize opposition funds and assets

Decisions made by the Egyptian government to seize the assets of individuals, companies, charities, schools, hospitals and newspapers tend to ignore decrees that such moves are invalid. This has been the case since the formation of the Inventory, Seizure and Management Committee of Muslim Brotherhood Funds targeting the leadership and …

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Egypt’s feminists laud mass appointment of women as top judges

Women’s rights activists and jurists hailed a decision by the Supreme Judiciary Council earlier this month to promote 16 female judges, expressing hope that women in top judicial positions will make their mark on the gender-sensitive issues that come before the courts.

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Egyptian judges forced into military re-education classes

The Egyptian regime has been trying to enroll judges and members of judicial authorities and committees in training sessions in strategic and national security studies at the Nasser Higher Military Academy, a judicial source that attended one of the sessions told Al-Monitor. The sessions, which started three months ago, are ongoing and …

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Court upholds ruling striking down ban on lawyers entering State Security Prosecution offices

A 2016 judicial ruling striking down a decision that barred lawyers from entering the State Security Prosecution’s Cairo offices was upheld on Saturday by Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court (SAC).

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National Security Committee prepares petition to urge Sisi to run for 2nd term

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.

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