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Repressing Egypt's civil society: state violence, restriction of the public sphere, and extrajudicial persecution

Repressionen gegen Ägyptens Zivilgesellschaft: staatliche Gewalt, Verengung des öffentlichen Raums und außergesetzliche Verfolgung

Grimm, Jannis

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Since the military coup of July 2013, one of the characteristics of the Egyptian regime has been the lack of clarity on the boundaries of political activism and on what activities it would, or would not, tolerate. Red lines have been shifting frequently, as a plethora of presidential decrees has restricted the public sphere ever more. Furthermore, state institutions and investigating bodies have increasingly abused their powers against civil society representatives. Torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become recurrent phenomena. Embattled by State Security, a politicized judiciary and competing ministries, human rights activists are less and less able to fulfil their role as watchdogs. From being merely the witnesses of assaults and human rights violations by the security forces, they have moved on to being their primary targets. Against this backdrop, Germany and its European partners should pressure the Egyptian authorities for compliance with basic civil rights and the rule of law, while aligning their support more closely with the needs of Egyptian NGOs. (author's abstract)
Keywords Egypt; domestic policy; civil society; repression; state authority; human rights violation; non-governmental organization; opposition; domestic security; democratization; international cooperation; North Africa; Arab countries
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords Sisi, 'Abd al-Fattah al-
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 41/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications