U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt to pressure its Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s move will be a break with his predecessors’ policy of overriding a congressional check on… Read More U.S. to withhold $130million military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns

Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday

Several prominent Egyptian activists and journalists were released from custody on Sunday following months of detention on charges including joining or aiding a terrorist group and spreading false news, lawyers representing them said. Egyptian authorities have in recent months released detainees ahead of major Muslim holidays. Sunday’s releases come two days ahead of Eid al-Adha,… Read More Egypt releases several prominent activists ahead of Eid al-Alha holiday

Egypt sentences female activist Sanaa Seif to eighteen months imprisonment over call for release of prisoners amid pandemic

An Egyptian court sentenced prominent female activist Sanaa Seif to a year and a half in prison on Wednesday for spreading false news, her sister and judicial sources said. Seif was detained in June 2020 outside the public prosecutor’s office as she tried to file a complaint about an assault on her and her mother… Read More Egypt sentences female activist Sanaa Seif to eighteen months imprisonment over call for release of prisoners amid pandemic