Egypt

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

Environment for civil society in Egypt: “among the darker and more dangerous”

On 10th September 2017, human rights lawyer, Mr. Ibrahim Metwally was arrested, ahead of his planned trip to Switzerland. Metwally had planned to visit Geneva to give evidence to the 113th Session of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) at the UN Human Rights Council. Read more

Environment for civil society in Egypt: “among the darker and more dangerous”

Civil society under greater threat as draconian law comes into force

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the Egyptian Parliament passed a draconian law on non-governmental organisations in late November 2016.

On 29th May 2017, that law came into force with potentially devastating affects on both domestic and international organisations operating in Egypt. Read more

Civil society under greater threat as draconian law comes into force

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