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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Human rights is once again at the forefront of coverage of Egypt in the foreign press

** #8 Egypt’s human rights record is again driving the conversation in the foreign press on Egypt this morning after a flood of stories began on Thursday. That’s when Human Rights Watch alleged that Egypt-born US cab driver Khaled Hassan was forcibly disappeared for four months, tortured and raped in prison. The graphic statement was widely noted by foreign media outlets including the Washington Post and the Guardian. Hassan was detained as he allegedly tried to join a terrorist organization.

Other human rights-related stories over the weekend:

  • An American is dying in an Egyptian prison. The United States is doing nothing. (New York Times; guest op-ed)
  • Egypt’s hidden war against Islamic State upends lives in Sinai. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Facebook drove Egypt’s revolution. Now it’s being used as a weapon to oppress women. (Wired UK)
  • 17 death sentences in bomb attacks on churches in 2016-17 won’t bring justice to victims of the attacks. (Amnesty International)
  • 83 women held in Egypt prisons, says human rights activist. (Middle East Monitor)

Surprise: Turkey doesn’t like Egypt’s gas cooperation with Cyprus and Greece. A pro-government Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak, railed against Egypt’s talks with Cyprus and Greece over gas cooperation and is claiming that the most recent meeting between the three countries’ leaders is part of a deliberate strategy to block Turkey’s access to East Med gas, according to Greek Reporter. The Turkish daily claims that Athens and Cairo are planning to “demarcate a vast maritime zone that will start southeast of Crete … [that] ‘condemns’ Turkey to about 41 square kilometers of the high seas.”

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