Egypt

At the height of Egypt’s revolution in 2011, millions of Egyptians demonstrated for greater civic and political freedoms. But since the 2011 uprising, successive governments have adopted laws and policies which restrict public protest and free association. Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s administration, new laws severely curtail freedom of expression, association and assembly, and resorted to lethal violence and detention to repress those that protest and express dissent. Egyptian authorities routinely arbitrarily arrest citizens to suppress dissent. Journalists, protesters and human rights defenders are prosecuted and often detained for long periods in pre-trial detention, with credible allegations of torture and other ill-treatment not investigated in a prompt, impartial and thorough manner. Civil society face severe restrictions and human rights defenders are threatened with criminal prosecutions and travel bans, making their work increasingly dangerous. Along with human rights defenders, women and LGBTQI individuals are hit hardest by the crackdown. 2017 saw the crackdown on free expression extend to the internet, with hundreds of websites, including those of media outlets and human rights organisations, blocked. Hate speech increased online and in the media.

ARTICLE 19 has been monitoring Egypt’s shrinking civic space: its violations of freedoms of expression, association and assembly being reported  to international human rights mechanisms. We monitor digital and surveillance threats and attacks on sexual and gender minority groups through our work with Egyptian civil society and human rights groups.

Egypt: Release researcher Ahmed Samir Santawy and stop violating academic freedom
01.04.2021 4 min read

Egypt: Release researcher Ahmed Samir Santawy and stop violating academic freedom

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MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity
24.02.2021 4 min read

MENA: Release of Khashoggi papers indicate first steps towards ending impunity

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Human Rights Council: Countries Should Take Bold Action on Egypt Monitoring, Tough Message on Dire Rights Situation Long Overdue
09.02.2021 5 min read

Human Rights Council: Countries Should Take Bold Action on Egypt Monitoring, Tough Message on Dire Rights Situation Long Overdue

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Egypt: Human rights community stand in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
19.11.2020 8 min read

Egypt: Human rights community stand in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

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Egypt: Human rights organisations call on government to end internet censorship and website blocking
04.11.2020 8 min read

Egypt: Human rights organisations call on government to end internet censorship and website blocking

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Egypt: Release Kamal ElBalshy and end harassment of journalists
15.10.2020 2 min read

Egypt: Release Kamal ElBalshy and end harassment of journalists

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ARTICLE 19 pays tribute to Queer Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazy
25.06.2020 7 min read

ARTICLE 19 pays tribute to Queer Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazy

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Egypt: Drop charges against arrested Mada Masr editor Lina Attalah
19.05.2020 2 min read

Egypt: Drop charges against arrested Mada Masr editor Lina Attalah

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Egypt: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention
01.05.2020 7 min read

Egypt: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention

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