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…

Campaigning lawyer and activists targets of new crackdown in Egypt

Vaguely worded ‘counterterrorism’ laws are once again being used by the Egyptian authorities to clamp down criticism and silence campaigners and activists. Alexandria-based lawyer Mohamed Ramadan, who is well-known in the city for his work in defending trade unionists and political activists, was sentenced to ten years in jail this April for allegedly ‘insulting’ Egyptian…

“Court ruling won’t stop us”, say Egyptian rights activists

A prominent investigative journalist, a campaigning lawyer and an education rights activist saw their assets frozen on 17 September by an Egyptian court, as part of a long-running attempt by the government to stifle human rights activism in the country. Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and Abdel Hafiz Tayel are among a group of campaigners who…

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…

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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…

Amnesty International wants “immediate action” on Egypt

Amnesty International has written to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council requesting “immediate action” on widespread and severe abuses of human rights in Egypt. In a new report (14 February 2014) Amnesty says: “State institutions [in Egypt] meant to provide protection against human rights violations and remedies have now become tools of…