Refugees welcome, arms-dealers and dictators not welcome

Egypt Solidarity Initiative joined Stop the Arms Fair protests and activists marching in solidarity with refugees Saturday 12 September. Stop the Arms Fair and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) held protests outside the ExCel centre in London during the past week. The ExCel centre is yearly host to one of the world’s biggest arms fairs…

Sign the statement against Sisi’s visit to UK

Trade unionists, campaigning lawyers, activist groups and student union leaders are backing a statement against the visit of Egyptian president Abdelfattah el-Sisi to the UK. The open letter to David Cameron condemns British support for the military regime in Egypt and British complicity in Sisi’s attacks on human rights, including the regime’s enforcement of the…

#Sisinotwelcome campaign launches at Downing Street

Activists from Egypt Solidarity, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Platform unfurled a giant banner at Downing Street today to mark the launch of a campaign against the official visit of Egyptian president Abdelfattah el-Sisi to the UK. The call for protests against the visit is also backed by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Union…

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…

Witnesses to Shaimaa’s murder face trial on 4 April

Prosecutors in Egypt are dragging bystanders who attempted to help dying activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh before the courts on spurious charges, Amnesty International said in a statement on 2 April. Shaimaa was shot dead by the security forces on 24 January as she took part in a small, peaceful protest laying a wreath of flowers in…

Journalists and activists join protest for Al Jazeera staff

About 30 people showed up to the #FreeAJStaff protest outside the Egyptian embassy in London yesterday on the one year anniversary of the arrest and incarceration in Cairo of Al-Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed. International media figures, National Union of Journalist members, and human rights workers were there calling for…

Tear gas and mass arrests greet returning students in Egypt

Video: Security forces attack students at the Faculty of Engineering in Alexandria (published 14 October 2014) Egyptian and international human rights organisations condemned a violent crackdown by the authorities on Egyptian campuses this week. According to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), nearly 130 students have been arrested in recent days, in…