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…

Meet Sisi’s British backers

The Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC) which drew nearly 2000 delegates to the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on 13-15 March provided Abdelfattah el-Sisi’s regime with a chance to show off its “reforming” credentials to international investors and global politicians. The “reforms” in question are of course, all economic. The corporate and government heads attending…

One year on: no justice for victims of mass killing in Egypt

One year after Egyptian security forces moved in to clear protesters from Raba’a al-Adawiyya Square and other protest camps across the country, killing at least 1000, Human Rights Watch said those responsible for the massacre were likely to have committed a crime against humanity. In a report issued on 11 August, HRW documented the deaths…