HRW raises ‘alarm bells’ over Egyptian regime’s retaliation against activists 

A view of 'Green Zone' biosphere tent built within the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh on November 09, 2022 [Mohamed Abdel Hamid/Anadolu Agency]

Egyptian authorities have detained hundreds of people in a nationwide crackdown following calls for anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Those arrested include journalists, a prominent lawyer, and a member of an opposing political party. The rights group has expressed fears over retaliatory actions by the Egyptian authorities once the COP27 climate conference ends today. Likely targets include Egyptian activists and dissidents who criticised the government's environmental and human rights record. "From surveillance to intimidation to outright arrests, the behaviour of Egyptian authorities while the spotlight is on the country raises alarm bells about what may happen after COP27 is over," said Lama Fakih, Middle East and North Africa director at HRW. "Egypt's international partners should press […] Source

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