President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s government continues to preside over the worst human rights crisis in the country in decades. Police systematically used torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent. Thousands of civilians were tried by military courts.
By introducing new restrictive NGO legislation, detaining journalists, and prosecuting human rights defenders and subjecting them to travel bans, the government is working to eradicate independent civil society in the country. The crackdown on LGBT people has grown increasingly vicious, along with the continued repression of labor activists.