We, the undersigned groups, are appalled by evidence that the Egyptian government and intelligence apparatus persist in efforts to silence human rights defenders even beyond Egypt’s borders. We call on the U.S. government to condemn these actions. According to Politico, during a June visit to Washington, D.C., the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Services, Abbas […]
A joint statement recognizing the first anniversary of the death of lesbian activist Sarah Hegazi and announcing the inauguration of a Pride Day for Lesbian and Queer Women from the Middle East and North Africa.
First Annual MENA Lesbian and Queer Women’s Pride Day in honor of Sarah Hegazi The movements and organizations that have joined in signing this statement support the honoring of Sarah Hegazi’s memory by adopting the thirteenth of June each year as a day of pride for lesbian and queer women from the Middle East […]
Egypt: President Should Act to Unshackle Freedoms Urgent Action Needed to Address Serious Concerns Raised by UN Rights Bodies
(1 June 2021) We the undersigned 64 organizations from around the world call on the Egyptian authorities, including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to take immediate action to end the Egyptian authorities’ wholesale crackdown on independent organizations and peaceful dissent. More than 30 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a joint statement on […]
Conversion Therapy: A Grave Danger on the Identity, the Social, Psychological and Physical Well-Being of the LGBTQI+ Community in the MENA Region.
We, the undersigned organizations and movements, express our grave concern about the spread of so-called “Conversion Therapy” against the LGBTQI+ community in the Middle East and North Africa region. We affirm that any attempts to distort and erase the identity, incite self-hatred and deny the existence of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex individuals, […]
السلطات المصرية تتسلح بالأعمال الانتقامية لتكميم أفواه المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والأكاديميين وعائلاتهم
داهمت عناصر من الأمن الوطني الأحد ١٤ فبراير الجاري، منازل أبناء عمومة وأعمام المدافع عن حقوق الإنسان محمد سلطان وألقت القبض على أحدهم، وذلك بعد أيام قليلة من مداهمة منزل الباحث الأكاديمي تقادم الخطيب وترويع والديه والتحقيق معهم والتحفظ على هاتف والده وبعض عقود لممتلكات الأسرة، في العاشر من الشهر نفسه. والمنظمات الحقوقية الموقعة أدناه […]
Egyptian authorities weaponize acts of reprisal to silence human rights advocates, academics, and their families
On Sunday 14 February, National security forces raided the house of human rights advocate Mohamed Soltan’s cousins and uncles and arrested one of them. A few days earlier, on 10 February, the family house of Academic and researcher Taqadum Al-Khatib was raided in a clear act of intimidation. Following intrusion, officers questioned Al-Khatib’s parents and […]
10 years after the “25 January Revolution”: The Public Space Is Shut Down, Living Conditions Have Deteriorated and Free Voices Languish in Prison
Ten years have passed since, inspired by the toppling of the regime in Tunisia, thousands of protesters took the streets of Cairo demanding the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Fast-forward to today, the military has strengthened its grip on the country to such extent that the political and public spaces are completely closed. […]
Today, on this International Human Rights Day, thousands of detainees including political activists, human rights defenders, journalists and academics will spend the day in an overcrowded cell alongside other innocent detainees who, like them, have committed no crime but to peacefully practising their political, civil, economic, social and Human Rights. In Egypt, as the crackdown […]
The undersigned Egyptian civil society organizations extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on your victory in the 2020 United States presidential election. We also extend our congratulations to the American people for the electoral process that enabled the largest number of American voters ever to exercise their right to freely […]