Over 1000 sign statement against mass death sentences

Over 1000 people from 50 countries have signed the statement launched by Egypt Solidarity in response to the mass death sentences imposed by Egypt’s military regime on alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. On Monday 24 March, a court in Minya province condemned 529 people to death for the murder of a police officer in…

Take action now against mass death sentences in Egypt

[Following the further mass death sentences handed down against another 683 defendants on 28 April and the commutation of 492 of the original death sentences to 25 -year jail terms, we will be handing in collected signatures to the Egyptian Embassy on 5 June, in advance of the first round of appeals. The text of…

UK journalists demand freedom for jailed colleagues in Egypt

Around 65 journalists gathered out side the Egyptian embassy in London yesterday, Wednesday 19 February, demanding that the military drops charges against foreign journalists who are due to go on trial in Cairo today. Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohammed have been detained by the Egyptian authorities since 29 December. Their colleague…

Egypt official claims “no political prisoners” held

Following publication of a report by 16 human rights organisations alleging arbitrary arrest and torture of people seized by police for exercising the right to protest, Egypt’s prosecutor-general has asserted that there are no political prisoners in Egypt. The report suggests that over a thousand people have recently been arrested for demonstrating on the anniversary…

Egyptian human rights groups demand investigation into torture

Protesters arrested during the demonstrations on the anniversary of the uprising against Mubarak in 2011 have given harrowing accounts of torture and sexual assault at the hands of the police, Egyptian human rights organisations said in a statement on 12 February. Activists told how they were beaten, electrocuted and sexually assaulted in Azbakiya police station.…