Oxford students join hunger strike in solidarity with Egyptian prisoners

By Amelia Cooper, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s administration is responsible for an unprecedented assault on the enjoyment of basic human rights by Egyptian citizens, as arbitrary laws violating the fundamental principles of human rights and civil liberties are developed and enforced in the name of national security. Highly publicized cases such as the farcical Al…

Briefing: Egyptian universities on the frontline of protest

A new briefing by Egypt Solidarity exposes the scale of the crackdown on Egyptian university campuses over the past academic year. Author Nicola Pratt, Reader of International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick, documents an extensive catalogue of abuses by the security forces including shooting protesting students, arbitrary mass arrests and…

Egyptian students declare week of action

Egyptian student groups have announced a week of campaigning against repression on campus. “Black Week for Universities”, from 4 to 8 May, will be marked by protests against violation of rights at universities and by calls on the government to ensure that detained students are able to take their exams on time. Student bodies including…

Court backs police return to campuses

Egypt’s Court for Urgent Matters has ruled (24 February) that police officers can be redeployed permanently on all university campuses. In 2010 police were banned from campuses by the High Administrative Court. In November 2013, the interim government issued a law allowing security forces to enter campuses to maintain the peace without permission from university…