Special report: How the Alexandria Shipyard workers’ defiance of the generals sparked a new solidarity movement

Workers at the Alexandria Shipyard Company have been victimised and dragged before a military court for standing up for their rights at work, but a growing solidarity movement is putting the generals under pressure, Hisham Fouad reports from Egypt The Alexandria Shipyard Company is located in Alexandria governorate, the second biggest Egyptian city and one…

Malek Adly walks free as campaigners celebrate

Campaigners and activists in Egypt and internationally were today celebrating the release of Malek Adly, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist who was arrested in May this year and held in solitary confinement on charges relating to the 25 April protests over the Tiran and Sanafir Islands. His legal team successfully challenged a further…

UK trade unionists’ message of solidarity to Alexandria Shipyard workers

Leading UK trade unionists pledged their support for the Alexandria Shipyard workers who are awaiting the verdict in their military trial for organising to demand better pay and conditions. Alan Gibson from the National Union of Journalists, Tony Philips from UNISON’s branch representing support workers in the London Fire Brigade and Dean Ryan of Islington…

Protests greet Sisi as Merkel puts profit before human rights

Banner drops, street rallies and marches greeted Egyptian president Abdelfattah al-Sisi on the first day of his state visit to Germany on 3 June. Human rights groups, journalists, left-wing and Green MPs, and Egyptian activists living in Germany played a key role in mobilising anger at Sisi’s ‘red-carpet’ treatment from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The…