• 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

  • Apr 19, 2015
    A review of the prosecution’s evidence in a mass trial of 51 alleged supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood shows that the government presented no evidence of criminal behavior besides the testimony of one police officer.
  • Apr 4, 2015
    Six men face execution in Egypt after being convicted by a military court, despite evidence that some were in detention at the time of the crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Egyptian authorities should stay the executions and send the men’s case for retrial before a civilian court, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Proposed new courtroom rules could block the ability of defense lawyers to call witnesses for trials in Egypt. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should reject the new rules.
  • Mar 20, 2015
  • Mar 17, 2015
  • Mar 6, 2015
    Egypt’s president has a simple solution for activists who protest against his draconian laws criminalising public assembly. Jail them.
  • Mar 5, 2015

    In the face of massive human rights abuses, the Human Rights Council has a responsibility to be part of the solution. It needs to resist the temptation to retreat into political and regional factionalism, to undermine the independence of your Office, High Commissioner, invoke selectivity to deflect attention from situations demanding international attention, or engage in procedural tactics to silence debate.

  • 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.