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Pulling back the curtain: Dynamics and implications of Egypt’s elections period

As President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s first four-year term in office comes to an end on June 3, 2018, Egypt’s regime, its citizenry, and the international community are preparing for what was slated to be Egypt’s fourth multi-candidate presidential election in its modern history.

The State and Human Rights Organizations in Egypt: A Problem of Political Culture or a Structural Crisis?

The Egyptian state seeks to control civil society through laws and puts in place security measures to restrict its action, while civil society organizations, especially rights groups, deploy various strategies to ensure a minimal space for action. In this struggle, a solution lies not only in legislation enabling the participation …

TIMEP Brief: Protest and Freedom of Assembly in Egypt

Egypt’s Protest Law has been invoked against peaceful assemblies despite judicial and legislative attempts to liberalize its Article 10, which delineates the government’s power to prevent protests. Arrests under the Protest Law account for only 12 percent of protesters referred to Egyptian courts. The state also employs a panoply of …

Fact Sheet – Egypt’s Campaign against Civil Society

Democracy Workers Put on Trial In the notorious “Case 173,” a court convicted 43 American, Egyptian and other staff of 5 U.S. and German NGOs in 2013 of operating illegally and using foreign funds to “foment unrest.” The trial was marred by flagrant inaccuracies and loose evidentiary standards, and appeals …

20.1% of Egyptians are illiterate, says new report

Some 20.1 per cent of Egypt’s total population are illiterate, the state-run Central Agency for Public ‎Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced yesterday in a new report. Marking International Literacy Day, CAPMAS said that in 2016 some 14.3 million Egyptians above the age of ten years could not read and write; …

HRW: Torture is ‘systematic practice’ in Egypt

Egypt has failed to meet basic rules of international human rights law as widespread arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture against dissidents have become common since 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a new report.

Report: The Role of the Public Prosecution in Egypt’s Repression

In an updated POMED Report, The Role of the Public Prosecution in Egypt’s Repression, and a new issue of the report in Arabic, Egyptian lawyer and legal researcher Mohamed El-Ansary closely examines the central role of the Office of the Public Prosecution in the repression of dissent in Egypt. El-Ansary describes …