Human rights

Egyptian rights group shut down, one of last – Leavenworth Times

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CAIRO – One of Egypt’s last independent human rights organizations has closed, a statement from the group said on Monday, citing the government’s persecution.

The Egyptian government has for years engaged in a widespread crackdown on dissent that has suffocated many civil society groups in the country and imprisoned thousands of people.

The Arab Human Rights Information Network, an Egyptian organization, was founded in 2004 by a team of lawyers and activists. He has documented violations against citizens, journalists and political prisoners in Egypt and the region. It also followed increasing government intimidation and targeting of human rights defenders and others.

But laws that made many ANHRI operations illegal forced the organization to shut down, executive director Gamal Eid said in the statement. He said workers in the group were arrested, intimidated and physically assaulted by security forces.

As a lawyer, Eid has represented some of the most prominent lay detainees. A court has ordered his assets to be frozen and has banned him from traveling since 2016.

Since coming to power in 2013, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has overseen the post-uprising crackdown and banned the Muslim Brotherhood, calling it a terrorist organization. The country is ranked among the worst jailers of journalists in the world, along with Turkey and China, according to the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists.