Egypt

82 million people
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Not Free
Press:
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Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies

Rulers in Moscow, Cairo, and Baku are eager to show their strength, but afraid to put it to a real test.

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian government's proposals to postpone presidential election and establish courts that would deny citizens fair trials. 

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Egyptian government’s order closing the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture.

In anticipation of a Cairo court ruling tomorrow on the asset freeze of fourteen Egyptians linked to human rights organizations, Freedom House issued a statement.

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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.

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