Egypt - Latest Developments

Egyptian authorities continue their brazen curtailment of civic space

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, the closure of the Al-Nadeem Centre in February 2017 is an example of the government's pressure on independent civil society and human rights groups in Egypt. Read more

Egyptian authorities continue their brazen curtailment of civic space

Widespread protests erupt in Egypt over bread subsidies

On 7th March 2017, thousands of Egyptians protested to show concern and frustration over the government's plan to reduce the state subsidy on bread. Read more

Widespread protests erupt in Egypt over bread subsidies

Egyptian authorities forcibly shut down NGO supporting victims of torture and violence

On 9th February, an Egyptian non-governmental organisation that treats victims of torture and trauma was shut down by police. Read more

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Egyptian authorities forcibly shut down NGO supporting victims of torture and violence

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

On 30th December, a copy of the highly controversial bill was passed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sign into law. Both domestic and international civic groups have called upon President Sisi to decline officiating the bill due to drastic and unnecessary restrictions on independent dissent. Read more

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

Egyptian MPs pass draconian associations law as civil society coordinates fightback

Egyptian civil society has mounted an emergency mobilisation against the recent passing of the draft associations law in Egypt. Read more

Egyptian MPs pass draconian associations law as civil society coordinates fightback

Draft law presents serious threat to civil society in Egypt

On 8th September, the cabinet approved draft NGO law, aimed at regulating the activities of local and international civil society organisations. Read more

Draft law presents serious threat to civil society in Egypt

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

On 15th August, the Cairo Criminal Court in Zeinhom postponed a ruling on the freezing of assets belonging to the leaders of several of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups. Read more

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

Mass Arrests and Proposed New Cybercrime Law in Egypt

On 25th April, demonstrations against the government's decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia's sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir resulted more than 150 people being sentenced to between two and five years in prison. Read more