Statistics of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice indicate that 35% of women who were deprived of their inheritance were subjected to physical abuse, 15% to extortion, while the remaining 50% were forced to give up their rights due to blackmail or fear for family disputes.
“On the first day after my arrest I asked to go to the bathroom, but the officer refused. The next day I asked him again and explained I had my period. He laughed. When they removed my blindfold, I discovered my clothes were soaked in blood.”
Despite a decade of detention, Albert Arieh clung on to living in Egypt during some its most difficult moments and refused to give up his nationality, even when the country’s Jews were pressured to leave.
The Egyptian army does not allow people in North Sinai to carry weapons to protect themselves against ISIS. Yet, it also hardly intervenes to protect or negotiate the return of the kidnapped. Copts are particularly hard hit.
Kafka meets Orwell in Egypt’s surreal brave new world, where a like, share or post on Facebook may land you behind bars for “supporting terrorism” or “insulting the regime.” We present five case studies.
Survivors of Syrian prisons and families of those still detained or missing launched the Truth and Justice charter. Their message is simple: stop the torture and reveal the fate of the tens of thousands people missing. Aim is to ensure the detainees and missing are not lost in the negotiations over a resolution to the war. Only then the Syrian conflict can ever be truly ended.
“Good morning mom. How are you doing? I know you’re traveling, but you are the best mom ever!” Thus Khaled Al-Sayyad sent a heart-wrenching video message to his mother, Sulafa, who had decided not to tell him she was in prison.
As soon as President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi grabbed power in 2013, efforts were launched to eradicate everything related to the 2011 revolution. Recently, the authorities have opted for a happy pink to pretty things up…