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.
Despite the pandemic, EuroMed Rights’ work on Egypt continued to focus on human rights advocacy and on providing support and networking opportunities for Egyptian human rights defenders and organisations at risk.
A key result of this work was the co-organisation by EuroMed Rights, Global Focus, and Amnesty International Denmark, of a webinar entitled “Ten years after the revolution, the state of Denmark-Egypt relations” in March 2021. The webinar, attended by the Danish ambassador in Cairo, parliamentarians and experts, focused on the legacy of the Egyptian uprisings and discussed the way forward for Denmark’s relations with Egypt.
Supporting and protecting human rights defenders remains a key priority for EuroMed Rights in Egypt, aimed at ensuring a continued active presence of the Egyptian human rights community. In July 2021, 38 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed a joint letter addressing EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, urging them to push for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohamed El-Baqer. EuroMed Rights initiated the idea in the context of the ‘’Free Baqer campaign’’ coordinated by various NGOs, drafting the letter, and ensuring widespread support among MEPs.
Similarly, on 28 September 2021, the European Parliament Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Maria Arena, released a statement calling for the release of human rights defenders Mohamed El-Baqer, Alaa Abdel Fattah and Patrick Zaki, subsequent to EuroMed Rights and other groups calling attention to their situation. Conversely, EuroMed Rights continues to coordinate and support emergency relocation for Egyptian human rights defenders at risk.