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Egypt: Quash verdicts and stop unfair trials by emergency courts

January 27, 2022

65 human rights organisations urge the Egyptian authorities to quash the verdicts of seven peaceful dissidents convicted to lengthy prison terms solely in reprisal for the exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

NGOs celebrate release of prisoner of conscience Ramy Shaath and confirm need to mobilise against repression of peaceful activism in Egypt

January 08, 2022

The undersigned non-governmental organisations celebrate the release of Ramy Shaath, a valiant human rights defender who has inspired many in the Palestinian and Egyptian rights communities with his bravery and courage. His release is a triumph for all his friends, family members, NGOs, parliamentarians and thousands of supporters worldwide; it confirms once again that standing up for human rights and speaking out persistently in the face of injustice can and does make a real difference.

Global legal community calls on Egypt to release human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer

December 17, 2021

The undersigned members of the global legal community stand in solidarity with Egyptian lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer as he awaits his verdict on baseless criminal charges on December 20, 2021, following years of reprisal by the Egyptian state. The signatories call on the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against el-Baqer, to promptly release him unconditionally, and to lift the restrictive measures imposed on him for his work as an attorney. They further call on the Egyptian authorities to halt the targeting of Egyptian lawyers for their legal defense work and exercise of fundamental freedoms.

Joint letter calls on Egypt to immediately release journalist Tawfik Ghanem after 150 days in detention

October 26, 2021

Eleven human rights organizations call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release 66-year-old journalist Tawfik Ghanem who has been arbitrarily detained for 150 days solely because of his media work. Pending his release, Ghanem should be granted immediate access to medical care.

Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Egyptian human rights defender Abdulrahman Tarek as he receives Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award

September 27, 2021

On the occasion of awarding human rights defender Abdulrahman Tarek, the Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award, 10 organisations urged the Egyptian authorities to immediately release him and end all violations against him.

Biden decision to grant military aid to Egypt a betrayal of human rights commitments

September 14, 2021

In a joint statement, MENA Rights and 18 human rights groups condemned Biden's decision to grant military aid to Egypt, despite the U.S. administration's vow to put human rights at the centre of its foreign policy.

Joint letter calls on U.S. Congress to ensure Egypt halts imminent execution of 12 Raba’a sit-in defendants and ends all unjust death sentences

August 05, 2021

On August 4, 2021, several organisations called on members of the U.S. Congress and the Biden administration to use their leverage to ensure that the Egyptian president immediately halts the imminent execution of 12 men sentenced to death in a mass trial in relation to the Raba’a sit-in case and promptly ends the use of all unjust death sentences.

Call on U.S. policy makers to halt Egypt’s efforts to silence human rights defenders at home and abroad

July 23, 2021

Several organisations urge the U.S. government to take action against Egypt’s attempts to repress rights and freedoms in Egypt and stigmatise the work of Egyptian human rights defenders both nationally and abroad. They call on the U.S. administration to condemn Egypt’s efforts to silence Egyptian-American human rights advocate and former political prisoner Mohamed Soltan.

Coalition of NGOs calls for immediate release of human rights lawyer Mohamed El Baqer on his 41st birthday

July 20, 2021

A global coalition urges the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mohamed El Baqer, the founder of the Adalah Centre for Rights and Freedoms. He has been arbitrarily detained for more than 21 months without charge or trial for his human rights work.

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Call on Egyptian president to overturn the sentencing of researcher and activist Ahmed Samir Santawy following unfair trial

July 19, 2021

More than 60 human rights organisations signed a letter to urge Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to repeal the verdict against Ahmed Amir Santawy. The Egyptian-Austrian student and researcher was sentenced by an emergency court to four years in prison on charges of publishing “false news”. He had been criticising human rights violations and the government’s mishandling of the pandemic on social media.