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Egyptian authorities continue to deny basic human rights to the country's human rights defenders, political activists, and ordinary citizens, while Egypt's international partners do far too little to press for change while continuing to provide military assistance.

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Human Rights First documents abuses, helps amplify the voices of Egyptian activists, and advocates against international military assistance to Egypt without real progress on human rights.

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Blinken’s Decision Imminent on Funding an Egyptian Government that Enables Terrorism



The U.S. government should support human rights and democracy in Egypt. The overthrow of President Mubarak in 2011 offered the U.S. government a chance to reshape its policy toward Egypt…


Biden Administration Faces Imminent Decision on Egyptian Military Aid as 12 Await Execution

Twelve men on death row in Egypt are awaiting imminent execution for their alleged part in the 2013 Cairo sit-in protests. The 12 were sentenced to death in a sham…


Cairo Family Targeted as US Embassy Tweets Support for Egypt’s Security Forces

When Hoda Ahmed heard her son Abdelrahman Elshwekh had been severely tortured in Egypt’s Minya prison she went on social media and asked for help. On Monday night, security officers…


Egypt’s Targeting Of Human Rights Defenders Is No Way to Fight Terrorism

WASHINGTON — Sentencing human rights defenders (HRDs) to long terms in prison is no way to confront terrorism, Human Rights First said today in response to the conviction of leading…


Journalist, Human Rights First Award Winner Arrested Near Cairo

WASHINGTON — Human Rights First is alarmed at reports that journalist Nora Younis was arrested at her office in Maadi earlier today. She was recognized with a Human Rights Defender…


Members of Congress Should Question Egyptian Ambassador About Rights Activist

Members of Congress Should Question Egyptian Ambassador About Rights Activist Brian Dooley Senior Advisor Another prominent human rights defender has been seized, detained and tortured by Egyptian police, and members…


Human Rights First Disappointed with Egypt Aid Decision

WASHINGTON – Human Rights First today condemned the Biden administration’s decision not to permanently withhold any of the U.S. military financing to Egypt, which Congress has conditioned on improvements in…