Category Archives: Egypt

Egypt: Torture Epidemic May Be Crime Against Humanity

Beatings, Electric Shocks, Stress Positions Routinely Used Against Dissidents

(Beirut) – Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s regular police and National Security officers routinely torture political detainees with techniques including beatings, electric shocks, stress positions, and sometimes rape, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

Egypt: Lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy kidnapped at Cairo Airport

Lawyer Ibrahim Abdel Moneim Metwally Hegazy, one of the founders of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared, disappeared from Cairo International Airport on Sunday as he was preparing to depart on a flight to Geneva to attend a session of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), according to a statement that cites Hegazy’s family that the association published on Facebook. He was brought before State Security Prosecution in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement on Tuesday.

Russia Eyes Libya

by Darius Shahtahmasebi

Russia has had a busy month regarding its affairs in the Middle East. On March 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The next day, Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and on March 14, Russian Deputy Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Libyan General Khalifa Haftar’s envoy in Moscow.

Egypt approves transfer of islands to Saudis

Egypt‘s Cabinet has approved the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia despite protests earlier this year and a court ruling that said the transfer was unconstitutional, The Associated Press reports.

Will Chinese currency swap help Egypt face dollar crisis?

by George Mikhail

Egypt is still struggling with its dollar shortage. It has sought to face the shortage through a series of decisions, the last of which entailed floating the exchange rate on Nov. 3. But the crisis persists, thus pushing Egypt to seek another currency that would reduce demand for the dollar. The choice has fallen on the Chinese yuan in the country’s battle against the dollar.