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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…

Participants at the Human Rights Film Festival at the University of York on 25 March 2015 hold up pictures of political prisoners and activists murdered by the Egyptian regime

Showing of ‘The Square’ sparks solidarity in York

On 25 March 2015, and as part of York Human Rights Film Festival, organized by Center for Applied Human Rights and York Human Rights City Network, a screening of the Oscar nominated documentary The Square was held, followed by discussion with Egyptian human rights activist Sherif Azer. The event was followed by solidarity group photos…

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United Nations reviews Egypt’s human rights failures

Amelia Cooper reports from Geneva The deteriorating human rights situation in Egypt was placed under the spotlight at the 28 Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, as the country was subjected to the Universal Periodic Review, a peer-assessment process during which states and civil society organisations provide information and analyze the overall human…

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Meet Sisi’s British backers

The Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC) which drew nearly 2000 delegates to the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on 13-15 March provided Abdelfattah el-Sisi’s regime with a chance to show off its “reforming” credentials to international investors and global politicians. The “reforms” in question are of course, all economic. The corporate and government heads attending…