• In the months following the ouster of President Morsy, police used excessive lethal force, killing scores of protesters, and arrested many Brotherhood supporters. Prosecutors failed to investigate security forces for the killing of the hundreds of protesters, yet were quick to refer protesters to trial on violence-related charges. The police arrested protesters outside the presidential palace and elsewhere and illegally held hundreds, including children, in Central Security Forces camps where they subjected dozens to torture, including sexual abuse. There is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically. Other forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital mutilation continued to take place in some areas, despite laws prohibiting them.
  • The father of one of the Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourns at a church before attending mass in El-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, on February 16, 2015.
    The brutal killing of 21 mostly Egyptian Coptic Christians held captive by a Libyan extremist group was a war crime for which those responsible must be held to account. Libyan authorities should take immediate steps to bring the perpetrators to justice, to the extent that this is currently possible, and the United Nations should establish a mechanism to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

Reports

Egypt

  • Mar 4, 2015
    Egypt recently took two steps to promote the rights of children, but serious violations by authorities against children still demand urgent attention.
  • Feb 16, 2015
    The brutal killing of 21 mostly Egyptian Coptic Christians held captive by a Libyan extremist group was a war crime for which those responsible must be held to account. Libyan authorities should take immediate steps to bring the perpetrators to justice, to the extent that this is currently possible, and the United Nations should establish a mechanism to investigate and prosecute such crimes.
  • Feb 13, 2015
    Egyptian authorities should drop all charges against the two Al Jazeera English journalists conditionally released on February 12, 2015, and free all other unjustly jailed journalists. Prosecutors have presented no evidence of wrongdoing by the Al Jazeera journalists, and the prosecution of journalists in general is a violation of basic rights protected by both Egypt’s constitution and international law. At least 9 and possibly as many as 67 journalists remain in prison in Egypt, according to human rights and media freedom groups, including some held for months without trial.
  • Feb 3, 2015
    Egyptian judicial authorities should investigate allegations that police tortured an economics professor and his brother.
  • Feb 1, 2015
    Photographs, videos, and witness statements strongly indicate that a member of Egypt’s security forces was responsible for fatally shooting a female protester in a downtown Cairo square on January 24, 2015.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Egypt’s new leaders have systematically reversed the fragile gains of the country’s 2011 uprising, jailing tens of thousands and squeezing the last remaining spaces for freedom of expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • Jan 26, 2015
  • Jan 26, 2015
    The death of at least 20 people in Egypt during clashes with security forces surrounding the commemoration of the 2011 uprising underscores the need for an independent investigation into the authorities’ excessive use of force. A woman and 17-year-old girl were killed ahead of the January 25 anniversary while participating in apparently peaceful protests, and at least 18 died on the anniversary.
  • Jan 21, 2015
    Scores of Egyptians died in government custody in 2014, many of them packed into police stations in life-threatening conditions. Yet the authorities have taken no serious steps either to improve detention conditions or to independently investigate detainees’ deaths.
  • Jan 13, 2015

    The acquittal in Egypt on January 12, 2015, of 26 men accused of “practicing debauchery,” is a rare success in protecting the rights to privacy and nondiscrimination. The men were arrested at a bathhouse in Cairo on December 7, 2014.