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Rights Groups Outraged by Hossam Bahgat’s Detention, Demand his Immediate Release

[Hossam Bahgat. Photo from Free Hossam Bahgat Facebook Page]

Rights groups in Egypt and abroad have condemned the detention of Mada Masr contributor Hossam Bahgat in a series of statements released after military prosecutors took him into custody Sunday. They declared their solidarity with the imprisoned journalist and called on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately. Bahgat has been charged with broadcasting false information that disturbs public security, and is currently being held under a four-day detention order ...

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At Least Twenty-Two Dead in Clashes between Zamalek Football Fans and Police

[Graffiti of Port Said martyrs. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

At least twenty-two died and many more were injured on Sunday evening during clashes between Zamalek’s hardcore football fans, the Ultras White Knights, and police forces at the Air Force stadium in New Cairo, according to the official Facebook page for the Ultras White Knights. The page listed the names and ages of the deceased, most of whom were between seventeen and twenty-three years old. The clashes erupted when a number of football fans ...

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Fifteen-Year-Old Killed in Alexandria during Clashes between Protesters, Security

[14 August 2013, ousted President Mohamed Morsi supporter during the Rab'a dispersal. Photo by Mosab al-Shamy via Diariocritico de Venezuela/Flickr]

A fifteen-year-old high school student was killed in Alexandria on Friday during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated protesters and security forces, Health Ministry Secretary Ayman Abdel Moneim told the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram. Sondos Reda Abu Bakr was shot to death when she got caught up in the violence, according to Moneim, who blamed Brotherhood members for committing acts of violence that led to her death. She was reportedly shot in the chest at ...

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Court Suspends Mahienour El-Massry's Sentence, Orders Release

[Mahienour El-Masry. Photo courtesy of Mohamed Hossny via Mahienour El-Masry's Facebook page.]

An Alexandria court suspended the sentence handed down to leftist activist Mahienour El-Massry on Sunday, ordering her release. A request for the suspension was filed at the Misdemeanors Court on Thursday, which scheduled a review for Sunday. Massry was jailed last May after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law by demonstrating outside a court that was trying two policemen accused of killing ...

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Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Ahmed Seif al-Islam Dies

[Photo from Mada Masr]

Ahmed Seif al-Islam, one of the leading human rights lawyers in Egypt died on Wednesday after slipping into a coma following open-heart surgery earlier this month, the family announced in a statement. Involved in political activism since his student days, Seif went into law and became a human rights defender. Seif was imprisoned for five years in 1983, during which time he was reportedly tortured. Seif leaves behind his wife, university professor and activist Laila ...

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Mahienour El-Masry’s Sentence Reduced to Six Months

[Mahienour El-Masry. Photo courtesy of David Degner via Mahienour El-Masry's Facebook Page.]

An Alexandria court reduced a two-year sentence handed down to leftist activist Mahienour al-Massry to six months and a fifty-thousand Egyptian pound fine for protesting last year outside a court trying two policemen accused of killing Khaled Saeed. Massry was jailed last May after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law. The activists were protesting in front of the Alexandria Criminal Court in early December ...

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Activist Mahienour al-Massry Wins Intl Human Rights Award

[Mahienour El-Masry. Photo courtesy of Mohammed Hosni via Mahienour's Facebook Page.]

Convicted human rights advocate and lawyer Mahienour al-Massry has been awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize for the year 2014, AFP reported on Thursday. The international award is given to a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who, by his/her work has illustrated their activity or suffering, or for the defense of human rights, protecting the supremacy of law, or supporting the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form, according to the ...

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Abd El Fattah, Shura Council Defendants Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Absentia

[Campaign calling for the release of activist and blogger, Alaa Abdel Fattah, first time he was detained on 30 October 2011. Image originally posted to Flickr by Ramy Raoof.]

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and twenty-four others to fifteen years jail in absentia, a 100,000 Egyptian pound fine and five years' surveillance on Wednesday, in a trial known as the Shura Council case, raising severe concerns among lawyers and family members. Abd El Fattah and fellow defendants Mohamed Noubi and Wael Metwally were also arrested outside the Police Academy at Tora prison in Cairo this morning as they were waiting ...

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Two-Year Sentences Upheld For Nine Activists in Alexandria

[29 June 2011, Mahienour el-Massry. Image originally posted to Flick by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Despite feeling optimistic about the fate of her case, Alexandrian activist Mahienour al-Massry was taken into custody after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law. “She was quite optimistic, and I was hoping this would be resolved myself. She said she would be coming to a talk I was giving after the verdict,” said Amro Ali, a PhD candidate who researches Alexandria’s urban politics. Massry was taken into ...

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529 Brotherhood Supporters Sentenced to Death in Minya

[Pro-Morsi demonstration. Image originally posted to Flickr by Guido van Nispen.]

Minya Criminal Court in its second session sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for violence following the dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins last August. The defendants were handed down the sentences for storming and burning the Matay police station in Minya, killing a police officer, attempting to kill two others, stealing weapons and releasing inmates, state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported. A report by the Associated Press said that ...

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The New Draft Egyptian Constitution: General Principles and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

[27 November 2012, protest against former president Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration in Tahrir Square, Cairo. The Arabic reads:

The fifty-member committee tasked with writing the constitution released on Friday a draft of its amendments of the 2012 constitution, dated 21 November. Mada Masr embarked on a process of reading the draft and comparing it to the 2012 Constitution. Below are some observations on each article in the two first chapters pertaining to the general principles of the state and the general principles of society, which include social, economic and cultural principles. Committee ...

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At Least Fifty-Three Dead, Four Hundred Arrested in Sunday Clashes

[27 January 2011, protester running from tear gas fired by the security forces. Image originally posted to Flickr by Ramy Raoof]

Clashes broke out in several areas around Cairo as mass marches of protesters chanting against military rule were stopped from entering Tahrir Square, where thousands of others had gathered early in the morning to celebrate the anniversary of the 1973 October 6 War. By the evening, the Health Ministry reported that at least fifty-three were killed and more than 270 injured nationwide during the day's bloody events. The state-run Middle East News Agency also reported that at ...

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Six Dead As Protests Erupt Across Egypt

[16 August 2013, protesters carrying an injured man following clashes with the security forces, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mohamed Azazy]

Six people were killed Friday and 190 people injured in nationwide clashes, according to the Health Ministry tally, as Muslim Brotherhood supporters staged protests across the country. Police forces started dispersing a protest in Mohandiseen, as they stayed after the seven pm curfew despite security warnings, local television channels showed. Heavy gunfire was heard in the area, as military helicopters flew over it. Eyewitnesses said the police were also firing tear ...

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Two Killed in Drive-By Shooting As Protests Erupt Across Egypt

[16 August 2013, protests erupting in Egypt following the violent crackdown on Morsi supporters in Rabea Al-Adawiya and Nasr City by the security forces. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mohamed Azazy]

A police officer and passerby were killed in a drive-by shooting in Cairo Friday, Al-Ahram reported, as protests kicked off across the country by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. A security source at the Ministry of Interior said that unknown assailants in two cars opened fire on the Nozha Police Station in Heliopolis, killing one police officer and a passerby, and injuring another policeman.  Meanwhile, supporters of Morsi took to the streets in various ...

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Ahmed Maher Faces Charges of Espionage

[Ahmed Maher, co-founder of April 6 Youth Movement. Image originally posted to Flickr by specialoperations]

Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat has ordered the Emergency State Security Prosecution Office to investigate a complaint of espionage lodged against April 6 head Ahmed Maher. The complaint was lodged by head of the National Accord Party, Abdel-Aziz Fahmy who alleges that Maher described the events of 30 June when Mohamed Morsi was removed by military declaration following mass demonstrations as a “military coup.” Abdel-Aziz also alleges that Maher works against the nation ...

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Press Freedoms: More of the Same

[Media restrictions continue in Egypt. Image originally posted to]

Report shows press freedom violations today are a stronger and redirected version of Morsi’s policies. In the lead up to the 30 June protests that eventually led to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the government issued warnings it would shut down private satellite channels and restart investigations into journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report released last week. “Within a week, those same sorts of measures would be turned ...

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Head of Muslim Brotherhood Arrested

[Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. Image originally posted to Ikhwanweb]

Mohamed Badie arrested in apartment in Nasr City. The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was arrested on Tuesday morning according to the state owned Al-Ahram newspaper. Badie, who was rumored to have been arrested multiple times since the ouster of former president Mohaamed Morsi, was taken into police custody from an apartment in Nasr City, according to the Interior Ministry. Eyewitnesses had reported seeing him in the apartment to the ...

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Nour Party Condemns MOI For Deaths of Brotherhood Detainees

[Younis Makhyoun, head of the Islamist Salafi Nour Party. Image originally posted to Daily News Egypt]

The number of Muslim Brotherhood detainees killed on Sunday has risen to thirty-seven, the state-run Middle East New Agency reported Monday. The victims were allegedly killed when they tried to escape from a truck transferring them to a prison facility. MENA also reported that interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi contacted the ministers of justice and interior on Monday afternoon to discuss the incident.  On Monday, protesters gathered in front of the ...

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Sisi Vows to Stand Firm in the Face of Violence

[General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Image originally posted to the Guardian]

Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that the Armed Forces will stand firm in the face of violence, while calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to reevaluate their positions. “Whoever thought that Egypt and Egyptians will kneel down under the weight of violence needs to reconsider,” Sisi said during a meeting with top military commanders and police chiefs. “We will not stand by silently watching the destruction of the country and the people or the torching ...

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240 Brotherhood Members Detained in Ramses Clashes

[Security checkpoint to block Muslim Brotherhood protest, Egypt. Image originally posted to Wikimedia Commons]

The West Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of 240 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for fifteen days, pending investigation into clashes that raged in Ramses Square on Friday. The detainees are accused of murder and attempted murder and using arms against residents and security forces, as well as  halting public transportation, “thuggery,” vandalism and breaking the curfew. Clashes raged between deposed President Mohamed Morsi's supporters and security forces ...

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