• 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.
  • Al Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, stands in a metal cage during his trial in Cairo on March 24, 2014.
    The US should acknowledge in its certification review for resuming certain military aid that Egypt has made no progress on developing basic freedoms or on its democratic transition, Human Rights Watch said in a letter it delivered on March 31, 2014, to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Reports

Egypt

  • Apr 7, 2014
    In Egypt, interviewing opposition activists or merely possessing a video camera and editing software can land you in prison. These are the central pieces of evidence prosecutors in Cairo have used to saddle the Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his codefendants with terrorism charges and a possible 15-year prison sentence. Mr. Fahmy has now been behind bars for 100 days.
  • Apr 3, 2014
    The US should acknowledge in its certification review for resuming certain military aid that Egypt has made no progress on developing basic freedoms or on its democratic transition, Human Rights Watch said in a letter it delivered on March 31, 2014, to US Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Apr 3, 2014
    We are writing with regard to the FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which requires the Secretary of State to certify that Egypt is meeting its commitment to a democratic transition and taking steps to govern democratically prior to the release of certain military assistance.
  • Mar 24, 2014
    The criminal court in Minya, Egypt sentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections.
  • Mar 17, 2014

    Members of the UN Human Rights Council called on Egypt and Sudan on March 14, 2014, to investigate and prosecute traffickers for kidnapping, torturing, and killing refugees in the Sinai Peninsula, said Human Rights Watch. 

  • Mar 13, 2014

    I speak on behalf of a group of countries. We would like to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the alarming increase of activities of criminal networks in North and East Africa. Since 2008, reports about kidnappings, torture, extortion, human trafficking, and physical and sexual abuse of African migrants, mainly Eritrean nationals, refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Eastern Sudan, and recently in South Libya, have been substantial.

  • Mar 7, 2014
    A joint declaration by 27 United Nations member states expressing concern about Egypt’s repeated use of excessive force against demonstrators turned the international spotlight on Egypt’s human rights abuses. It was the first such action at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva since Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of protesters in dispersing a sit-in at Raba’a Square in Cairo on August 14, 2013.
  • Mar 7, 2014
    Concerning Egypt, we share the High Commissioner's concerns today on arbitrary detention, unfair trial and restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The situation has grown increasingly dire over the past eight months, as security forces continue to use excessive lethal force against protesters. Regarding South Sudan, we welcome the OHCHR's commitment to contribute to the Secretary-General's "Rights Up Front" plan of action which has guided the UN engagement in South Sudan since December 2013.
  • Mar 3, 2014
    Call by Civil Society for the United Nations Human Rights Council to Address the Grave Human Rights Situation in Egypt, and Ensure Respect for Democratic Development
  • Feb 26, 2014
    Egyptian authorities should ensure a full, speedy and effective investigation into the February 16, 2014 bombing of a tourist bus in the Sinai Peninsula that killed four civilians. The investigation should lead to the identification and prosecution of those responsible for planning as well as for carrying out the attack.