Breaking news: Mahienour and Moatasem acquitted

Lawyer Mahienour el-Massry and trade unionist Moatasem Medhat have been acquitted on appeal by a court in Alexandria, the FreeMahienour Facebook page reported on 13 January. The two had been convicted of breaking Egypt’s repressive anti-protest law, and breaching a law on public assembly imposed by the British colonial authorities in 1914, and sentenced to…

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 to launch of Middle East Solidarity magazine Issue 7

Join editors and contributors to Middle East Solidarity magazine to help us launch issue number 7 (pdf below) with reports on workers’ struggles in Egypt including the mass strikes by textile workers over the summer and an eyewitness update from Morocco on building solidarity with the popular movement for social justice, the Hirak, which has been shaking…

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…