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Comment: Sisi's regime knew full well that Scorpion prison's derelict, unsanitary hospital was full of Covid-19 cases, but they sent journalist Monir, regardless, writes Sam Hamad.

Protests took place in three Canadian cities calling for the release of a man held in Egypt’s notorious Tora prison without trial, amid fears he has contracted coronavirus.

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Jan-Peter Westad

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Fears grow for political prisoners in Egypt's jails as Covid-19 spreads amid deplorable conditions.

Why art still matters in the Middle East

Gaia Caramazza

Why art still matters in the Middle East

Despite a global pandemic, artists in the Middle East are finding new ways to express themselves.

Egypt's relentless war on journalism persists amid pandemic

Jo Schietti

Egypt's relentless war on journalism persists amid pandemic

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime has ramped up its brutal campaign against freedom of expression in the media, punishing anyone challenging the ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Muslims are preparing for a muted Eid as lockdown dampens upcoming celebrations, while Covid-19 funding for Yemen is at risk. Here's the latest.

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Egypt arrested 10 reporters since coronavirus outbreak: rights group

Egypt's government has arrested at least 10 journalists during the country's coronavirus outbreak, according to a local rights group.

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Detained Egyptian filmmaker died from 'alcohol poisoning', government claims

An investigation into the death of detained filmmaker Shady Habash last week has been blamed on alcohol poisoning.

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US approves helicopters to Egypt despite human rights concerns

President Donald Trump's administration informed Congress on Thursday that it has given the green light to the package to refurbish 43 Apache ...

Death no. 1005: <em>Shady</em> <em>Habash</em>

Ahmed Mefreh

Death no. 1005: Shady Habash

Comment: Appalling detention conditions and deliberate medical negligence are killing thousands in Egyptian jails, writes Ahmed Mefreh.

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Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

Amnesty said Egypt had flouted basic due process guarantees by citing the Covid-19 pandemic to extend the pre-trial detention of over 1,600 ...

Egypt claims detained filmmaker died of 'alcohol poisoning'

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Egypt claims detained filmmaker died of 'alcohol poisoning'

Rights activists have raised concerns over the death of Shady Habash, 24, two years after his arrest over directing a music ...

Egypt releases US teacher from jail over Facebook posts

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Egypt releases US teacher from jail over Facebook posts

Reem Desouky spent 300 days in pre-trial detention in Egypt after being arrested at Cairo airport and accused of criticising Sisi on Facebook.

UN 'hopes' for investigation into jailed Egyptian filmmaker's death

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UN 'hopes' for investigation into jailed Egyptian filmmaker's death

The UN and France have sounded alarm over the death of the Egyptian filmmaker, implicitly pointing to human rights violations.

How jail became a death sentence for Egyptian filmmaker

Sam Hamad

How jail became a death sentence for Egyptian filmmaker

Comment: Medical negligence for political prisoners means time in Egyptian jail is nothing short of a death sentence, writes Sam Hamad.

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Egyptian director jailed over video critical of Sisi dies

24-year-old Shady Habash died inside the Tora prison, where numerous activists and political detainees are similarly held without trial.

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