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…

BDS Egypt campaigners defy regime crackdown on solidarity

As activists around the world mobilise protests against Israeli occupation, Egypt’s campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is defying the military regime of Abdelfattah al-Sisi to join the global wave of solidarity with the Palestinian resistance. Despite heavy repression, students in Cairo, Alexandria, Zagazig and other Egyptian universities have organised vigils, poster displays and impromptu…

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…

Striking London underground workers back campaign against Sisi visit

Striking London underground workers gave their backing to the campaign against the official visit of Egyptian president Abdelfattah el-Sisi to UK yesterday. Activists from the RMT and TSSA unions on the picketline at London Bridge station added their names to a statement against the visit and urged other trade unionists to get involved in building…

From 1000 hours to 18 days

In September 2014 we launched a campaign to highlight the courage of hundreds of Egyptian political prisoners on hunger strike in protest at abuse and injustice. 1000 hours of hunger asked activists outside Egypt to take part in a symbolic series of 24 hour solidarity hunger strikes. Over the following two months 44 people in…