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Sunday, 21 August 2022

Human rights, the IMF and the Abu Sefein church fire are all in focus in the foreign press

There’s a mishmash of news getting attention in the foreign press this morning: Human rights is back in the headlines after a family member of Alaa Abde Fattah told Reuters that the imprisoned activist has stepped up his hunger strike against his detention. Meanwhile, Foreign Policy is out with a piece on a growing number of US lawmakers and human rights groups are stepping up pressure on the Biden administration to cut Egypt’s USD 1.3 bn military subsidy for human rights reasons.

Elsewhere: Al Monitor reports that the government will launch a nationwide review of safety conditions of churches following the deadly fire at Abu Sefein church in Imbaba last week; Human Rights Watch wants an IMF program to focus on governance reforms rather than eliminating subsidies; and Dr Zahi Hawass is launching a petition to bring the Rosetta Stone back to Egypt from the British Museum, according to The National.

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