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After an Egyptian court sentenced more than 35 protestors and journalists to life imprisonment or death, Freedom House issued the following statement. 

Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Middle East and North Africa

Freedom at Issue highlights those who have contributed to the promotion or strengthening of democracy, and those who have set back the cause of freedom.

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the United States lifting the arms freeze imposed on Egypt after the 2013 military coup.

U.S. Foreign Policy
Middle East and North Africa, Americas

An Egyptian court setenced human rights activist Ahmed Douma and 229 other defendants to life imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence during 2011 demonstrations. 

Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Middle East and North Africa


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Egypt Democracy Compass

The Egypt Democracy Compass is designed to provide a snapshot of the country’s trajectory, either toward or further away from a truly democratic system, on a monthly basis. The compass will assess progress in eight key components of  democratic transition: the constitution, elections, political participation, civilian control and security-sector reform, media freedom and freedom of expression, religious freedom, peaceful assembly and civic activism, and judicial independence and rule of law.

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights examines the human rights implications of domestic blasphemy and religious insult laws using the case studies of seven countries—Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland—where such laws exist both on paper and in practice. Without exception, blasphemy laws violate the fundamentalfreedom of expression, as they are by definition intended to protect religious institutions and religious doctrine– i.e., abstract ideas and concepts – from insult or offence. At their most benign, such laws lead to self-censorship.  In Greece and Poland, two of the more democratic countries examined in the study, charges brought against high-profile artists, curators and writers serve as a warning to others that certain topics are off limits. At their worst, in countries such as Pakistan and Malaysia, such laws lead to overt governmental censorship and individuals are both prosecuted and subject to severe criminal penalties including lengthy jail sentences.


In Egypt and Tunisia, we work with activists and citizen journalists to observe the elections. Bloggers and local activists receive training on election monitoring, violation reporting techniques, new media and mobile technology usage helping to increase transparency and citizens’ engagement in the political process.