From Spring to Winter: Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab Republic of Egypt

10 Nov, 2020 | Press Releases

10 November 2020, 3pm GMT – 4pm CET

The human rights situation in Egypt has sharply declined in 2019-2020. Constitutional amendments have been passed to consolidate authoritarian rule, circumvent the rule of law, remove the judiciary’s independence, and expand the power of the Military and State Security Forces.

The Egyptian Regime has maintained a nation-wide state of emergency that gives security forces unprecedented powers. State Security forces used torture and enforced disappearances systematically against dissidents from all backgrounds. Egypt’s use of mass trials and the death penalty has increased, including death sentences against children and death sentences issued in military trials. International human rights organisations have raised concerns over the erosion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the total dismantling of any notion of a democracy.

To address these critically important issues, Guernica 37 International Justice hosted on 10 November 2020 a panel discussion chaired by Niccolo Figa-Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice, with the participation as panelists of Dr. Maha Azzam (Egyptian Revolutionary Council), Toby Cadman (Guernica 37), Dr. Anas Altikriti (Cordoba Foundation), Carl Buckley (Guernica 37), Bill Law (Arab Digest).