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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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Working Group on Egypt Call to Release Detainees

The Working Group on Egypt* calls on the U.S. government to seek the immediate release of American citizens and permanent residents wrongfully detained in Egypt, who are now in imminent danger due to COVID-19. The United States should also call for the release of the tens of thousands of Egyptians …

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Coronavirus exposes information crisis and digital inequality in the Arab world

The coronavirus pandemic has uncovered the possibilities, as well as the confines of internet and communication technologies, as millions of people around the world are homebound, employees are teleworking, students are taking virtual classes, and information on social media platforms about the novel coronavirus abounds.

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WHO warns Egyptians must follow virus health regulations to prevent Italy scenario

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Representative in Egypt John Jabbour on Tuesday warned that Egypt is at a crossroads in the battle against the coronavirus and failure to abide by the state’s instructions could lead to a scenario similar to Italy and Spain.

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HRW: Egypt’s Security Forces Disappear, Torture Children

Egyptian police, National Security Agency, and military officials arbitrarily arrested, forcibly disappeared, and tortured children as young as 12 while prosecutors and judges turned a blind eye, Human Rights Watch and the rights group Belady: An Island For Humanity said in a report released today.

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Egypt steps up diplomatic action in Nile dam dispute

As part of extensive diplomatic actions to shore up support for Egypt in the Nile dam dispute, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry has toured seven Arab capitals — Amman, Muscat, Baghdad, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City and Manama — since March 7. He also went on a European tour that included Belgium and …

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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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