The undersigned organizations express profound concern at the recent developments in the trial of Egyptian officials over the torture and murder of Giulio Regeni. The trial must not be disrupted by the failure of Egyptian authorities to collaborate in the investigation. The first court session in the trial against General Sabir Tariq, Colonels Athar Kamel […]
Egypt: Human rights catastrophe results from lack of political will, not lack of a national strategy to whitewash reality
Respect for human rights in Egypt – where the most fundamental rights to life, bodily integrity, and justice are violated by state institutions and agencies on a daily basis – requires first and foremost that the country’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, respect the letter and spirit of the constitution that he pledged to defend. The […]
Egypt: Decade-long prosecution of Case 173 must end if there is to be genuine progress on human rights tied to US military aid
The undersigned organizations call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and completely dismiss Case no. 173 of 2011, the part targeting Egyptian human rights organizations. The undersigned urge the authorities to stop fabricating additional charges against human rights defenders and organizations. With the case now ongoing for over a decade, the Egyptian authorities have admitted […]
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 […]