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.
EuroMed Rights, with other civil society organisations, contributed to influence the decision by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to postpone the UN anti-torture conference scheduled to take place in Egypt on 4 and 5 September 2019. EuroMed Rights’ open letter to the High Commissioner declined the invitation to attend the conference arguing that Egypt is neither a safe nor appropriate place for human rights advocates to convene on the issue of anti-torture due to the country’s crackdown on local human rights defenders. The plan to hold this meeting in Egypt was eventually dropped.
Ibrahim Ezz el-Din, a human rights defender and researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) specialised in housing rights, reappeared in November 2019 after 167 days of enforced disappearance. This came after EuroMed Rights raised his case with MEPs who sent a letter to the then EU High Representative asking her to advocate for his release.