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 […]

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 […]