Egyptian independent union leaders arrested in dawn raids

The Egyptian authorities have arrested eleven leading activists in the independent unions over the past week, stepping up pressure on the workers’ movement following the victimisation of textile workers in Mahalla after a major strike in August. Eight independent trade unionists were seized in a series of nation-wide raids on their homes on 16 September,…

Kamal Khalil arrested by Egyptian authorities

Veteran socialist activist Kamal Khalil was arrested this morning from his home, according to a Facebook post from his wife, who shared a picture of their home after security forces had searched it. Kamal is one of many Egyptian activists detained in recent weeks as part of an on-going  crackdown which aims to silence critical…

Lawyers across Europe demand release of Malek Adly

Dozens of prominent lawyers from across Europe are calling for the release of Malek Adly, a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested on 5 May and remains in detention awaiting trial. The letter highlights the on-going crackdown against lawyers and human rights activists, including labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain and Ahmed Abdallah, legal adviser to…

Australian parliamentarians and academics condemn Egypt jailings

This statement signed by members of Australia’s provincial parliaments and Senate, as well as senior academics and leading trade unionists, was handed to the Egyptian consulate in Sydney in protest at the jailing and detention of hundreds of Egyptian activists in the recent crackdown. Add your name to the companion international statement here. Statement of…