Amnesty calls for immediate release of Haitham Mohamadein

Fears were mounting for Egyptian trade union lawyer and activist Haitham Mohamadein following his arrest from him home in the early hours of Friday 18 May. Over 24 hours since National Security officers and police stormed his home, there has been no confirmation of his whereabouts. In a strongly-worded statement issued on Friday night, Amnesty…

Italian senator: government must resist pressure to return ambassador to Cairo seven months on from Giulio’s murder

by Carlotta Mingardi Seven months after the body of Giulio Regeni, the young Italian researcher from Cambridge, was found lifeless in Cairo, with evident signs of torture, Italian senator Luigi Manconi,  Amnesty Italy and Giulio’s parents are calling on the Italian government to resist pressure from Egypt to restore full diplomatic relations. Italian civil society has also…

Enforced disappearance is “state policy” in Egypt: Amnesty report

A hard-hitting report by Amnesty International released on 13 July, documents how enforced disappearances and torture in the name of “counterterrorism” have become “a key instrument of state policy” under the watch of President Abdelfattah al-Sisi.   The report confirms the picture already uncovered by Egyptian NGOs, of hundreds of people suffering abduction and torture…