Advocacy / Egypt

UK Foreign Office must protect its citizens — intervene and #FreeAlaa today

May 27, 2022

British-Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah has been on hunger strike for 53 days now and his situation is deteriorating. Alaa has been recently transferred to the new prison complex in Wadi el-Natrun, but is still on hunger strike, and is yet to receive a consular visit. He continues to ask for a judge to investigate the complaints he and his family have filed over his detention and to communicate with UK lawyers. In a joint statement, MENA Rights group and 28 other human rights NGOs are calling the UK Foreign Office to secure his release and safe transfer to the United Kingdom.

Egypt: End arbitrary detention, free them all

March 10, 2022

A coalition of 21 human rights organisations calls on Egypt to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and for defending human rights.

Civil society organisations call on the European Union to withdraw its joint candidacy with Egypt to chair the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum

February 10, 2022

A coalition of 16 human rights organisations urge the European Union to reconsider and withdraw its joint candidacy with Egypt to pursue chairing the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

Biden administration’s decision to reprogram military aid to Egypt is necessary but insufficient

February 02, 2022

19 human rights organisations call on the Biden administration to stop economic aids and arms sales to Egypt, as long as the government continues to perpetrate egregious human rights violations.

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.