Egypt: Government Moves to Increase el-Sisi’s Powers, Revoke Citizenship of Critics

Washington

In response to government proposals to postpone presidential elections, strip Egyptians of their citizenship for activities deemed to “undermine national security,” and re-establish “emergency courts” empowered to ignore fundamental rights, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Egyptian authorities are working to extend President el-Sisi’s term of office, establish courts that would deny citizens fair trials, target the LGBT community for prosecution, and silence critics by threatening to take away their citizenship,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. “Egypt’s allies and friends, including the United States, should make clear to President el-Sisi that the intolerance of dissent undermines the lives of his citizens and the stability and security of their country.” 

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2017, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2016.

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