Egypt

Demonstrations in Egypt: arrests, social media blockage as a response

As previously covered by the CIVICUS Monitor, whereas the new NGO law is an additional concern for civic space in the country, the protests that have been taking place since 20th September 2019 raise further concerns regarding the human rights situation in Egypt, with arrests and use of excessive force documented against protesters. Read more

Demonstrations in Egypt: arrests, social media blockage as a response

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

On 15th July 2019 a new repressive NGO law, “The Law on Regulating the Work of Civil Associations”, was approved by the Egyptian parliament and sent to the President for approval. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has 30 days to review and if he ratifies, the legislation will come into effect. Read more

Egypt parliament approved new draft NGO law  - a continuation of state crack down on CSOs

Authoritarian constitutional amendments tighten Egypt’s iron grip on civic space

A national constitutional referendum held in Egypt during the period 20th and 22nd April 2019, approved constitutional amendments that could allow the President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. In the lead-up to the referendum vote on the constitutional amendments, Egyptian authorities carried out “a campaign of intimidation, ongoing mass arrests and a deepening crackdown on fundamental freedoms” and “attempted to silence any opposition”. Read more

Authoritarian constitutional amendments tighten Egypt’s iron grip on civic space

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

On 28th September 2018, several UN experts including released a statement referring to the deteriorating space for civil society space in Egypt. The statement refers to the cases of several HRDs including Ms. Amal Fathy, Mr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (also known as “Mohamed Oxygen”), Mr. Wael Abbas, and Mr. Haytham Mohamadein. Read more

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

On 5th June 2018, Egypt's new Cybercrime law was officially ratified. As previously covered by CIVICUS Monitor, the new law has been widely condemned for granting the Egyptian authorities broad power to block and censor both online and print media. While the law has been lauded as a victory for freedom of expression by the Egyptian government, civil society groups have claimed it is an assault on freedom of expression which further strengthens the Egyptian authorities' stranglehold on critical dissent. In an already strained environment, the Egyptian authorities have blocked over 500 websites without legal basis over the past year. Read more

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

Appeals Court orders retrial in foreign funding case

On 5th April, an appeasl court revoked the convictions of 16 defendants in the Foreign Funding Case. Read more

Appeals Court orders retrial in foreign funding case

Civil society stands in solidarity with jailed photojournalist facing death penalty

The human rights community has demonstrated solidarity with photojournalist Shawkan Zeid within the social media campaign - #MyPicForShawkan. Zeid has been in prison since 2013 and now faces the death penalty for his photojournalism work covering protests. Read more

Civil society stands in solidarity with jailed photojournalist facing death penalty

Increased restrictions as Egyptians go to the polls: A growing gulf between rhetoric and reality

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, civil society groups have reported that the conditions for Egyptian civil society show no sign of improving. Despite these critical reports from national civil society, Egyptian authorities continue to use the international stage to reaffirm their commitment to civil society. Read more

Increased restrictions as Egyptians go to the polls: A growing gulf between rhetoric and reality

Space for trade unions and workers to organise continues to close in Egypt

A new law governing trade unions has alarmed human rights groups in Egypt. Despite strong criticism, the law was officially approved on 5th December 2017. Although Egyptian authorities claim that provisions within the law align with international best practices and standards, others have criticised the fact that it would dissolve all independent trade unions and ban international funding of unions. Read more

Space for trade unions and workers to organise continues to close in Egypt

CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Egyptian activist banned from traveling

On 2nd October 2017, Dr. Magdy Abdel Hamid Belal a prominent leader in Egyptian civil society was banned by authorities from travelling to a conference in Jordan. As the Chairman of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE), Dr Magdy has suffered repeated harassment for his work by Egyptian authorities. Read more

CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Egyptian activist banned from traveling