Egypt

Video appears to show Egyptian army torturing civilians in Sinai desert


A video has emerged of men in military dress torturing two civilians, one of whom is bloodied, in a village in Egypt’s Sinai desert. These images, which have circulated on social networks, are terrifying. And all signs point to the Egyptian army’s culpability. However in Egypt, neither the authorities nor the media seem preoccupied by the incident. Read more...
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Egyptian police use dating sites to hunt down gay people


Though homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, police have been using social media and smartphone applications to hunt down and arrest gays and lesbians. Two gay Egyptians, who hide their sexuality and live in fear of being arrested, tell us their story. Read more...
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Smartphone film capturing daily sexual harassment in Cairo goes viral


What is it like for a woman to walk alone through the streets of Cairo ? A young Egyptian journalist used a hidden camera to capture the reaction of passers-by as she walked through the Egyptian capital. Read more... 
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Roller derby: helping Egyptian women stand up for themselves


Roller derby is a female-dominated sport where both the blades and the punches roll. Over the past three years, a group of Egyptian women have become aficionados and hardcore fans of the sport. But in a country where many women face harassment on a daily basis, roller derby is much more than just a game. Read more...
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Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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Murder of 7 Coptic Egyptians in Libya met with indifference

 
Seven Egyptian nationals, stone masons by trade and Coptic Christians, were executed Sunday in Benghazi. The city, which was the cradle of the Libyan revolution, is sinking ever deeper into chaos. The crime, which was likely committed for religious reasons, has garnered very little reaction. Read more…
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Experts rally to save Egypt’s heritage amid unrest

 
In late January, a car bomb targeting the Cairo police headquarters damaged a number of antiquities housed across the street at the Museum of Islamic Art. This is far from the first time that Egypt’s cultural heritage has suffered from the security problems plaguing the country since the revolution. This time around, however, a volunteer brigade of antiquities experts was standing ready to jump in. Read more...
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Targeted by the police, pro-Morsi students boycott final exams

 
Al-Azhar University in Cairo is fraught with tension in this final exam period: while exams started on Saturday, many students that support the Muslim Brotherhood have chosen to boycott them. These students wish to denounce the sanctions that have been imposed on their fellow students that dared to openly support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in the last few weeks. Read more…
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