Submission to Egypt’s UPR review

We've submitted a joint stakeholder report, with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, for Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The submission highlights the consolidation of authoritarian rule through legislation and constitutional amendments, as well as the crackdown on members of the legal profession and civil society. It focuses specifically on:

  • lack of judicial and prosecutorial independence
  • military jurisdiction, state security emergency courts, special circuit terrorism courts, and lack of fair trial guarantees
  • breakdown of the rule of law and legislation introduced by the executive
  • use of the Counter-terrorism Law, the Protest Law, the NGO Law, the Media Law, the Cybercrime Law, and the Penal Code to harass, arrest, and prosecute lawyers and human rights defenders
  • examples of arrest, detention, death in custody, and enforced disappearance of lawyers and human rights defenders