Lebanon has witnessed a resurgence in libel and slander cases targeted at activists and journalists, including four high profile cases in late February. Prominent journalist Dima Sadek and blogger Gino
On March 10, 2020, the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany announced that a criminal trial prosecuting members of the Syrian security apparatus for torture would begin on April 23,
Resolving the issue is pressing for all parties. Egypt has reason to be alarmed. While Ethiopia had insisted that the long-term flow of the Nile would return to normal once the reservoir is filled, reports indicate that Ethiopia seeks to reserve the right to ultimately curtail the flow in order to protect the pace of hydropower production.
Despite the importance of the opinions and roles of church leaders, they cannot be a substitute for those held by citizens whom the law affects; all of this cannot occur at the expense of the state’s responsibility to guarantee the rights of its citizens.
Egyptian security agencies have effectively combined sophisticated technology purchased internationally with their own home-grown surveillance and censorship tactics to produce a pervasive, multidisciplinary regime of information control.
Kassem death is a reminder that foreign policies rooted in the American ideals of protection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as well as in the standards established by international laws to which the U.S. and its allies are signatory, must be unequivocally applied to allies and foes alike. This is an ethical imperative that not only protect the rights of those in the Middle East affected by U.S. policy, but also a national security imperative to protect American interests, first and foremost of which are the lives and safety of American citizens, an objective that should resonate with any policymaker.
This expansive consolidation of power has been carried out through a strategy of patronage to a handful of individuals with whom he is personally close, including members of his family. While this helps guarantee the loyalty of those holding influence, it comes at the expense of a more diffuse and truly stable institutional system.
Kamel himself advocates for other issues in addition to Coptic rights, including urban housing and investment projects in Cairo. His activism represents an impassioned and longstanding fight for citizenship rights and critique of Sisi’s authoritarian turn, earning the respect of many of his colleagues who are currently generating awareness of his arrest and calling for his release from prison.
In 2016, Egyptian human rights lawyers launched “Freedom for the Black Gown,” a campaign dedicated to highlighting the ongoing crackdown that had expanded to include the legal community. The campaign
A stifling and restrictive environment for freedom of expression and the press in Egypt is visible in the way journalists and media workers find themselves caught in an intricate and complex web of bureaucratic measures, laws and regulations whose primary function is to impede independent, critical reporting and entrench the state’s censorship over content to ultimately establish control over narrative.