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Refugees in Egypt: ‘Hunger at home, coronavirus on the streets’

Hanan Adam arrived in Egypt as a refugee from Sudan five years ago. The 39-year-old lives with her seven children in 6th of October City and used to find work as a day laborer in various factories producing refrigerators and light bulbs before they started laying off Sudanese workers, she …

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UN ‘hopes’ for investigation into the death of Egyptian filmmaker Shady Habash inside notorious prison

The United Nations on Monday called for an investigation into the death of filmmaker Shady Habash in Egypt‘s notorious Tora prison, while France expressed concerns regarding “troubling” information surrounding the death.

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Arabic press review: Egypt arrests more dissidents despite coronavirus fears

Egyptian security forces have launched a new arrest campaign against activists in various cities, ignoring calls for the release of detainees made by international human rights organisations due to the fear of spreading the novel coronavirus in overcrowded prisons, according to London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper.

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UN makes official plea for prisoners’ release to avoid ‘catastrophic’ COVID-19 spread

The United Nations’ human rights body has officially thrown its weight behind a campaign to protect those in detention from the COVID-19 pandemic by demanding that governments worldwide release prisoners of conscience, low-risk offenders as well as older detainees or those with underlying health conditions.

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Coronavirus: Rights groups call on UN to urge Egypt to release prisoners

A coalition of rights groups, activists, politicians and members of civil society are calling on the United Nations to ask Egypt to release its political prisoners amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Montreux Document

The Montreux Document reaffirms the existing obligations of States under international law, in particular, international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law, relating to the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in situations of armed conflict. The Document also lists good practices to assist States in implementing these obligations. Although …

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Egypt Universal Periodic Review Outcome Statement

The strong recommendations received during this UPR cycle for Egypt, including on upholding its domestic legislative and constitutional human rights guarantees, particularly in the context of counterterrorism, investigating excessive use of force by security forces during demonstrations, and criminalizing all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, reflects growing concerns across …

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