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 […]

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. […]

International Human Rights Day 2020

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 […]

Open letter to President-elect Biden and Vice- President-elect Harris

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 […]

Solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Urged by Human Rights Community in Open Letter to Ambassadors and Diplomats

Your Excellency, In solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), we are human rights organisations and initiatives writing to express our utmost concern regarding the unprecedented and alarming escalation against EIPR, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations. Since 15 November 2020, three employees of the organisation have been arbitrarily […]

Egypt: Veteran Human Rights Defender Bahey el-Din Hassan Sentenced to 15-Years in Prison

On 25 August 2020, the Fifth “Terrorism Circuit” of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Bahey eldin Hassan, a veteran human rights defender, to 15 years in prison on the basis of his critical tweets, 18 human rights organizations said today. The conviction of Bahey eldin Hassan, director and co-founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights […]

COVID-19: Urgent measures must be taken by MENA governments to protect the prison population

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic outbreak—qualified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)—we, the undersigned organizations, express grave concern over the situation of detainees and prisoners across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While certain states in the region have taken some positive steps to protect […]

On the 9th anniversary of the January 25th revolution: as free expression is severely curtailed by the regime at home, human rights defenders in exile join Italian journalists in denouncing a regime of repression

On January 24th 2020, in order to promote cooperation between European civil society and defenders in exile, to look back at the January 25th revolution and commemorate Giulio’s death, the Egyptian Human Rights Forum, in cooperation with Euromed Rights, the Milan Festival for Human Rights and Articolo 21 organised a panel conversation in Milan titled: […]