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The Justice Ministry launched a new plan on Sunday to conduct detention renewals electronically instead of holding in-person court sessions, a move defense lawyers say will undermine basic due process rights.
Hundreds of prisoners at Tora Reception prison in Cairo have been protesting since Friday due to grave mistreatment in the past two weeks, according to two sources who spoke to Mada Masr, one of whom is a human rights lawyer who has been following the events.
A Giza criminal court has ordered on Saturday the release of satirist Shady Abu Zeid with probationary measures after two years in detention on charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.
More than fifty United States politicians are calling on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to release activists, journalists, lawyers, and prisoners of conscience.
Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek, the former head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), assumed on Sunday the position of speaker of Egypt's newly-elected senate.
Hundreds of workers at the Workers Cultural Foundation and its affiliated Workers University staged a sit-in on Saturday to demand receipt of their salaries and to petition for oversight of the university to be removed from the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF), according to three workers who spoke to Mada Masr, one of whom is the head of the trade union committee for the foundation and university.
A cabinet committee in charge of licensing churches operating without a permit has legalized the status of forty-five churches and fifty-five service buildings since May, the cabinet’s spokesman, Nader Saad, said.
Journalist Basma Mostafa went missing on Saturday while doing reporting in Luxor, the independent news website al-Manassa reported in the early hours of Sunday morning. After her whereabouts were unknown for more than twenty-four hours, Mostafa, who has previously contributed to Mada Masr, appeared on Sunday before State Security Prosecution in Cairo, according to her lawyer.
Walid Shawky, a dentist and former member of the April 6 Youth Movement whose whereabouts have been unknown for over a month, appeared before the State Security Prosecution on Tuesday which charged him in a new case and ordered him to be held in remand detention for fifteen days, according to lawyer Nabih al-Ganady.
The Luxor village of Awamiyah has been under an effective siege for several days in the wake of the tensions and protests that engulfed the area after a police officer killed thirty-eight-year-old Ewais Abdel Hamid al-Rawy, an employee at the Luxor International Hospital and father of two children, in front of his home at dawn on Wednesday, according to four Awamiyah residents, including Rawy’s neighbors and friends.
After a month-long dispute, the state-owned Egyptian Iron and Steel Company formally agreed on Monday to hand over four mining and quarrying sites to a new corporate entity despite vocal opposition from workers, according to a company statement.
Officials say that the law introduced last year is part of a crackdown on illegal buildings that violate safety standards, hinder traffic and development, and encroach on arable land. It is part of a drive by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to upgrade infrastructure and housing and deal with decades of haphazard construction that accelerated after a 2011 uprising.
One year after rare protests that led to the largest arrest campaign since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office, protesters returned to the streets last week in a handful of governorates. However, security forces were quick to disperse them, arresting at least four hundred people, including many minors.
For the past year, the public prosecutor’s office has been conducting a surveillance campaign of social media platforms in Egypt. The government body has monitored user content, including written posts, pictures and video, targeted and prosecuted violators, doled out instructions on proper parenting and upholding “family values” and even laid out a “code of conduct” for social media users to follow.
Zagazig criminal court in the Nile Delta handed death sentences to six members of the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood over killing of policemen in Sharqiya governorate in 2016.
As the Nation’s Future Party put the finishing touches on its choice for who will stand in House of Representatives elections slated for late October, many were unhappy with that crude process that ensured the state-backed party takes the most seats in the new legislative body.
Egypt stressed to Germany on Saturday its rejection of the policy of territorial expansion and creation of tension adopted by some regional players in the east Mediterranean.
Egypt said on Saturday that a settlement expansion by Israel in the occupied West Bank is a “violation of international legitimacy and resolutions by the UN Security Council.”
At the inaugural session on Sunday, Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Director Abbas Kamel presented Cairo as a mediator open to all parties who are aiming to “resolve the crisis without bias,” emphasizing the need to move beyond differences, according to press statements.
The meeting discussed how to support the Libyan factions in order to end the current crisis in the war-torn country, speed up a political solution, unify the Libyan institutions, and resume the exports of oil and distributing its revenues in a fair manner.
Egypt urged the international community on Monday to implement the conclusions of the Berlin Conference on Libya to push the Libyan parties to respect their commitments, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said during a teleconference with the United Nations and Germany as a follow-up meeting for the Berlin Conference.
Egypt believes the total elimination of nuclear weapons, under international inspection, is necessary to establish peace, security, and sustainable development, said foreign minister Sameh Shoukry during his address to the United Nations General Assembly.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Thursday that the statements of some Turkish officials about Egypt are "surprising and contradictory.”
A statement by the official spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces said on Thursday that the naval drills come in light of the Armed Forces General Command’s plan to raise the level of combat training and exchange expertise with the armed forces of Egypt’s friendly countries.
A total of 14,019 ships passed through the Suez Canal between January and September 2020, or 165 more vessels than in the same period last year, the canal authority's chairman Osama Rabie told Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly at a meeting on Friday.
Amid heightened scrutiny on the debt-saddled public business sector, a plan to inject revenue into one of Egypt’s oldest state-owned companies may be headed off the rails.
Almost seventy days after being displaced when Province of Sinai militants seized control of their villages, and weathering subsequent unfilled promises from the armed forces that they would be able to return swiftly, the residents of four villages in the Bir al-Abd region of North Sinai made their way home last week amid jubilation and a military escort.
Two terrorists have been killed in a shootout with police in North Sinai, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Tuesday.
Egyptian police have arrested at least one of the three alleged perpetrators involved in the killing of a young woman in a Cairo suburb on Tuesday night in an incident that sparked anger across the country.
Egypt is facing a major challenge in balancing between its water resources and needs, especially with around ninety-seven percent of its water resources flowing in from outside its borders, Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Aty said on Sunday.
Egypt's security forces killed two “extremely dangerous terrorists” after an exchange of fire in Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday.
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Amr Adly talks about his latest book, Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt, with Marc Lynch. The book explores why market-based economic development failed to meet expectations in Egypt.
Residents of the Aswan village of Gharb Suhail took to the streets after comments made by Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir, denying compensation to land holders.
Egypt’s ratio of external debt reached seventeen percent over the past year, the highest in the MENA region.
Several journalists have been arrested over the past three months, accused of spreading “false news,” misusing social media and helping a terrorist organization.
The article discusses the state crackdown on female social media influencers who have been arrested for "debauchery" and "violating Egyptian family values" charges.