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Egypt: 8 executed in one day

Eight men were executed yesterday in Egypt in what is thought to be the first death sentences carried out in the country so far in 2020. The defendants were among 17 men who had been sentenced to death in a military court in May 2019 and accused of attacking three …

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Egypt: media denies execution of Hisham Al-Ashmawy

Egyptian media denied yesterday what was published about implementing the death sentence against a former army officer Hisham Al-Ashmawy after a military court convicted him of carrying out “terrorist attacks” against Egyptian police and army forces. Yesterday morning, Saudi Arabian channel Al-Arabiya in addition to Egyptian media including the online website of the …

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Egypt journalist’s life in danger after torture

The life of political prisoner and journalist Solafa Magdy is in danger as her health continues to deteriorate. Magdy was arrested in November along with her husband Hossam Al-Sayyad and a third journalist, Mohamed Salah, from a café in Cairo, and accused of disseminating false news and joining a banned …

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Boris Johnson must stand up to Sisi in defence of human rights

In September 2014, addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swore to build “a new Egypt … a state that respects and enforces the rule of law [and] guarantees freedom of opinion for all”.

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Cold cells: Demands for warmth for prisoners

Prison authorities’ denial of warm clothes to detainees suffering from cold winter weather is the subject of a new campaign under an Arabic hashtag that translates to “cold cells” (#برد الزنازين).  A focal point of the campaign has been Maximum Security Wing 2 of Tora Prison Complex, where writer and …

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Abducted Egypt rights worker to appear before prosecutors amid unprecedented crackdown on activism

An Egyptian human rights activist who was not seen or heard from for 10 days will appear before a local prosecutor, his wife said on Friday. The rights group he works for said it believes his arrest is the latest targeting of human rights workers by the regime.

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