Mahienour jailed pending new trial against lawyers and activists

Award-winning human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry is behind bars again, alongside co-defendant Moatasem Medhat, awaiting trial in a case against a group of lawyers and activists which will be heard on 30 December. Judges in the Montaza court in Alexandria remanded them in custody following a hearing where the other defendants in their case were…

Event: Academics under attack in Egypt and Turkey – 7 November

Academics, students and university campuses have recently become major targets for repression by authoritarian governments in Egypt and Turkey. In Egypt hundreds of students and academics have been arrested as part of an escalating crackdown on dissent since the military coup of 2013. In January 2016, Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni went missing. His body…

Korean organisations protest against Egypt’s repression of LGBT+

Special report by Korean groups against repression against LGBT+ in Egypt See a photo gallery of pictures from the protest here LGBT+ communities, progressive parties, labour organisations and student societies in South Korea demonstrated against the Egyptian government’s repression toward LGBT+ outside the Egyptian embassy in South Korea on 17 October. Dozens participated with rainbow…

Embassy protest highlights lack of progress in Giulio Regeni case

Campaigners from Amnesty International and UCU gathered at the Egyptian embassy in London on 23 September to highlight the lack of progress in finding the perpetrators of the January 2016 murder and torture of Cambridge University graduate student Giulio Regeni amid continuing attacks on human rights activists in Egypt. The protest follows on from a…

Egyptian independent union leaders arrested in dawn raids

The Egyptian authorities have arrested eleven leading activists in the independent unions over the past week, stepping up pressure on the workers’ movement following the victimisation of textile workers in Mahalla after a major strike in August. Eight independent trade unionists were seized in a series of nation-wide raids on their homes on 16 September,…