Egypt

EuroMed Rights’ work on Egypt focuses on human rights advocacy, documentation and communication, with the protection of human rights defenders as a key priority. Our dedicated website “Human rights behind bars in Egypt” and our fortnightly newsletter provide regular information on human rights defenders at risk in Egypt.

EuroMed Rights’ most recent publications and the list of members related to this programme are available on the right-hand side of this page.

 

Key publications

 

Recent results

Despite the cancellation of physical advocacy missions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EuroMed Rights continued its work focusing on human rights advocacy and on providing networking opportunities for Egyptian human rights defenders who face a relentless government crackdown.

In January 2020, before lockdowns set in, EuroMed Rights organised an advocacy mission to Spain to meet with officials and hold a public event jointly with Amnesty International, an Egyptian human rights defender, and a Spanish member of the European Parliament. This mission paved the way for continued joint online advocacy efforts. In September 2020, a member of the Spanish parliament committed to sending a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the case of jailed human rights defender Patrick Zaky, a researcher on LGBTQI rights with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

In September 2020, EuroMed Rights was part of a coalition of 13 NGOs that coordinated and advocated for a letter by 278 US and EU lawmakers addressed to the Egyptian President urging him to immediately release human rights defenders, lawyers, political activists, and other prisoners of conscience unjustly detained. EuroMed Rights took the lead in contacting Members of Parliament in Spain to encourage them to co-sign the letter.

Two leading Spanish political parties officially published the letter on social media after members of EuroMed Rights organised an online meeting with relevant experts in October. EuroMed Rights also coordinated a joint press release, signed by eight NGOs, giving visibility to the letter and published a video explaining the initiative.