Advocacy / Egypt

Continued repression of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights staff

November 30, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins NGOs in urging foreign embassies and the European Union Delegation to Egypt to call on the authorities to end reprisals against human rights defenders, including staff of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s life at serious risk: demand Egypt to immediately release him now!

November 03, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of NGOs calling on Egyptian authorities to immediately release human rights defenders Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed el-Baqer and Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahim Radwan and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms.

Egypt’s misuse of counter-terrorism measures casts shadow over COP27

October 26, 2022

Ahead of COP27, MENA Rights Group and other members of the Coalition on Human Rights and Counter-terrorism denounce Egypt’s use of counterterrorism accusations against civil society.

MENA Rights Group joins 18 organisations urging US president Joe Biden to secure human rights progress before meeting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

October 24, 2022

In a joint letter, 19 organisations called on US president Joe Biden to secure progress on human rights issues before meeting with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27). The coalition called on Biden to insist on the release of Egyptian political prisoners, the lifting of unlawful blocks on news sites, and the respect and protection of prisoners’ right to be free from torture and other ill-treatment as pre-requisites, among others, for any bilateral meeting with al-Sisi.

Global Coalition Calls for Release of Mohamed el-Baqer and Alaa Abdel Fattah on Three Year Anniversary of their Arrests

September 29, 2022

Three years after the arrest of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and Egyptian activist and writer Alaa Abdel Fattah, MENA Rights Group joins a global coalition of more than 40 organisations calling for their immediate release.

Egypt: Organisations and individuals condemn the re-arrest of Sherif Al Rouby

September 23, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins organisations and individuals in calling on Egypt to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Sherif Al Rouby and the tens of thousands of others wrongfully detained.

Joint Statement: President Biden's visit has a negative impact on human rights movement in the MENA region

September 01, 2022

The human rights movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has paid a heavy price for the unlimited and unconditional support provided by the United Kingdom and United States to repressive governments across the region. The recent visit of US President Joe Biden has reinforced the practice of international relations that prioritises political and economic interests when dealing with repressive governments while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses at the expense of human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.

Egypt: Twenty human rights organisations call on the Biden administration to withhold military aid to Egypt, in light of egregious human rights violations.

August 09, 2022

The Honorable Antony J. Blinken Secretary of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Mr. Jake Sullivan Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. Secretary and Mr. Sullivan, 

MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of 28 civil society organisations condeming the continued blocking of Al-Manassa’s website and calling on the Egyptian authorities to lift the blocking of dozens of news websites

August 01, 2022

The undersigned civil society organizations condemn the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of three links to access the Al-Manassa website within approximately 72 hours, starting from Thursday, 14 July. The blocking occurs as part of a series of continued restrictions on the website, which is one of the few independent news sites operating from inside Egypt.

Egypt: Statements on COP27 imply restricting activism

July 13, 2022

Egyptian authorities should ease their grip on civic space and uphold the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly to enable a successful climate summit, known as the COP27, in Egypt, 36 organisations said today.