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Protests greet Sisi as Merkel puts profit before human rights

Banner drops, street rallies and marches greeted Egyptian president Abdelfattah al-Sisi on the first day of his state visit to Germany on 3 June. Human rights groups, journalists, left-wing and Green MPs, and Egyptian activists living in Germany played a key role in mobilising anger at Sisi’s ‘red-carpet’ treatment from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The…

Andy Reid, Marianne Owens and Paul Williams (l-r) helped to launch our postcard campaign at PCS conference

Postcard campaign against arm sales kicks off at PCS union conference

Egypt Solidarity’s new postcard campaign highlighting the role of Sisi’s British backers in supporting repression in Egypt kicked off today at the PCS union’s annual conference in Brighton with the help of Marianne Owens and Paul Williams of the PCS National Executive, and Sue Bond, PCS Vice-President.   Conference delegates signed postcards to Tory Foreign…

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Sign the statement: stop the executions

Six men condemned to death in the Arab Sharkas case have been executed and former President Mohamed Morsi together with 100 others were given death sentences on 16 May. Among those sentenced to death on 16 May is Professor Emad Shahin of the American University in Cairo. As he notes on his website he was…

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Freedom for Mahienour and Yousef

Revolutionary activists Mahienour el-Masry and Yousef Sha’aban have been remanded in custody until 31 May, when their appeal against a two-year jail sentence will be decided. Mahienour, Yousef and seven others were sentenced to two years in prison and a 5,000 LE fine last year in a case which dates back to the period when Mohamed…

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Witnesses to Shaimaa’s murder face trial on 4 April

Prosecutors in Egypt are dragging bystanders who attempted to help dying activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh before the courts on spurious charges, Amnesty International said in a statement on 2 April. Shaimaa was shot dead by the security forces on 24 January as she took part in a small, peaceful protest laying a wreath of flowers in…