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Egypt: Parliament’s New Associations Law Further Jeopardizes Human Rights and Work of NGOs

EGY - News | 23 November 2016

On 15 November 2016, the Egyptian Parliament proposed a flawed new draft NGO Law that replaces both the previous 2002 Law on Associations and the draft NGO Law that was presented by the government earlier this year. The latter, which was proposed by Egypt’s cabinet in September 2016 and presented to the Parliament for review, sparked wide criticism in Egypt; Alkarama had consequently sent a communication to the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (SR FPAA) to solicit his urgent intervention on the matter.

Egypt: The Enforced Disappearance of a Man on His Way Home

EGY - News | 07 November 2016

On 3 November 2016, Alkarama alerted the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) of the case of Qadry Samy Zaky Abd Elrahman Muafy, a 49-year-old Egyptian citizen from Kafr Saad, Damietta Governorate who was abducted by members of the Police in Mit Ghamr, Dakahlia Governorate on 29 October 2016.

Egypt: UN Calls for Release of Student and Denounces Pattern of Arbitrary Detention

EGY - News | 02 November 2016

In late August 2016, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), a group of independent experts, adopted Opinion n°42/2016; in which they qualify the detention of Ahmed Yousry Zaky, an Egyptian student who was arrested on 5 May 2015, as "arbitrary". After having reviewed the communication sent by Alkarama on 11 May 2016, and faced with the lack of answer from the Egyptian Government, the UN experts ruled that the Egyptian authorities was violating the student's fundamental rights and consequently called upon them to immediately release him. Importantly, the Opinion further manifests the Working Group's concern over a pattern of arbitrary detention in the country.

Egypt: Court of Cassation Upholding Morsi’s Sentence Despite UN Call for His Release

EGY - News | 25 October 2016

On 25 October 2016, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) with regards to the final sentencing to 20 years in prison of former President Mohamed Morsi and other members of his staff, as a result of an Egyptian Court of Cassation's ruling on 22 October 2016.

Egypt: Man’s Life at Risk Following Denial of Medical Care in Detention

EGY - News | 19 October 2016

On 19 October 2016, Alkarama referred to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health (SRH) the case of Ali Ahmed Ali Kerata, a 53-year-old employee who was arrested on 19 August 2014 in Damietta by members of the police forces falling under the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. Detained in the central police station of Damietta, Kerata is suffering from life-threatening health issues and is denied access to adequate medical care. His health continues to aggravate and his family fears that his life is at risk should he not be provided with immediate and appropriate medical care.

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Egypt - HR Instruments

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

ICCPR: Ratified on 14.01.1982
Optional Protocol: No

State report: Overdue since 01.11.2004 (4th)
Last concluding observations: 28.11.2002

Convention against Torture (CAT)

CAT: Accessed on 25.06.1986
Optional Protocol: No
Art. 20 (Confidential inquiry): Yes
Art. 22 (Individual communications): No

State report: Due on 25.06.2016 (initially due in 2004)
Last concluding observations: 23.12.2002

International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED)


Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Last review: 02.2010 (1st cycle)
Next review: 2014 (2nd cycle)

National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)

National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) – Status A

Last review: 10.2006
Next review: Deferred