President al-Sisi’s government has not eased its nationwide repression that caused one of Egypt’s worst human rights crises in many decades. Whitewashing efforts meant little beyond cosmetic changes. Authorities released hundreds of detainees but arrested much more, adding to the thousands of critics, including journalists, peaceful activists, and human rights defenders, who remain imprisoned. Civil society key members face intimidation, travel bans, and assets freeze. Authorities harass and detain relatives of dissidents abroad and use vague “morality” charges to prosecute LGBT people, female social media influencers, and survivors of sexual violence. Grave crimes, including torture and enforced disappearances, are committed with impunity.

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