Freedom of Belief Restrained in the Religion Field: Part 2
Amr Ezzat

 This piece first appeared on Eshhad on January 16, 2017. Though successive Egyptian constitutions have stipulated that the freedom of belief is “absolute,” “guaranteed,” and “protected,” the actual policies of Egyptian governments prove that it is inherently violated and restricted, unless under some exceptions. Religion Field: A Tool to Curb Religious Diversity Both previous and current state policies regarding the religion field reveal

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Freedom of Belief Restrained in the Religion Field: Part 1
Amr Ezzat

This piece first appeared on Eshhad on January 6, 2017. On August 8, 2006, the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) held a forum to discuss a proposal to abolish the religion field from national identity cards. In the introduction to a book issued after the forum, which included different contributions from the forum, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the president of the NCHR, pointed out that “One of the most interesting things that made many

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Sinai Residents Stuck Between the State and an Insurgency
Taha Saker

February 11 marked the first day of a partial civil strike in Arish called by a number of North Sinai tribes. The civil disobedience comes amid the state’s failure to explain the circumstances behind a security operation last month that killed 10 alleged militants affiliated with the Islamic State’s Sinai Province. Police officials accused the men of being involved in an attack in January that killed eight security personnel, but the families

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Blocking the Defenders: Egypt’s Closure of El Nadeem
Magda Adly

At 11 a.m. on the morning of February 9, 2017, two doctors from the Free Treatment Department of the Ministry of Health, accompanied by about 50 policemen, headed toward the El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Torture. Once there, they proceeded to seal the doors to the rooms belonging to the center.  The center’s employees, were not present, as Thursday is not a working day for the organization. On their way back, the police

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Bricks in the Wall: El Nadeem, the NGO Law, and Egypt’s Crackdown
Hussein Baoumi

Yesterday, the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture was closed by Egyptian security forces, following a crackdown on most of that country’s public sphere that Human Rights Watch and others are calling a human rights crisis. Repressing civil society in Egypt is not a new development. Since at least the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian state has employed a variety of tools to control and limit the influence of civil society. However,

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Between the 25th and the 28th
Bassem Z. AlSamragy

Six years after the January 2011 revolution in Egypt, much of what has been written focuses largely on analyzing the events, limiting the analysis to the moment of January 25, in line with the discourse which confines the uprising by calling it the “January 25 Revolution.” This limited scope ignores another moment within the course of events no less important than that of January 25: the moment of January 28. I believe that the current stagnation

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Devils in the Details
Nathan J. Brown

By: Nathan Brown & Mai El-Sadany This article originally appeared at Diwan and is reposted here with their kind permission.   In Egypt today, many unusual decisions are being made. Last November, the Egyptian pound was floated in a dramatic departure from years when its value was propped up. In December, Egypt withdrew its sponsorship of a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the request of U.S.

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Women and Quotas in Egypt’s Parliament
Erin Fracolli

Maya Morsi, the head of Egypt’s state-affiliated National Council for Women (NCW), announced last week that the NCW had completed the first phase of a program to increase women’s participation in local council elections, reaching over 12,500 prospective candidates. Although the law governing local council elections and any decision on quotas are still in discussion in parliamentary committees, Morsi stated that she expected women to make up 35

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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Bombing at Chapel near St. Mark’s Cathedral

A deadly blast ripped through the women’s section of the St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on Sunday, December 11, almost instantly killing 25 people and wounding nearly 50 others. Specifically aimed at Egypt’s minority Christian population, the attack was later claimed by the Islamic State, which stated its intent to target “unbelievers in Egypt, wherever they are.” While Egypt is no stranger to sectarian and extremist violence,

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Quarterly Report: 2016 Q3

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this threat. Last week's attack at St. Mark's Cathedral and the continued bombings in Cairo tragically demonstrate the need for evidenced-based analysis to better understand the nuances of an evolving, and enduring security threat, in order to stop such destructive

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