Hollow Words: Egypt, Italy, and Justice for Giulio

By Omar Robert Hamilton Jadaliyya, 16 February 2016   Multiple fractures, cigarette burns, abrasions, fingernails forcibly removed and every finger bro-ken, dozens of lacerations all over the body, on the soles of feet and ears all ending in a broken neck and suffocation. Giulio’s body was found semi-naked by the side of the road. The marks of Egypt’s security services […]

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Freed Egyptian Protester Describes Ordeal, but Fate of Seized Blogger Is Unknown

By MICHAEL SLACKMAN FEB. 11, 2009, The New York Times CAIRO — For more than four straight days, Philip Rizk said, he was blindfolded, handcuffed and interrogated around the clock by Egyptian state security agents who abducted him on Friday after he took part in a march in support of Gaza. Early Wednesday morning, with neither warning nor explanation, he was […]

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Deaths without dignity

21 August 2013, Mada Masr By Sherief Gaber   “You want to see the bodies? Ok then, here!” the man working at the morgue said, holding me and a friend by the arm and practically pushing us into a humid room filled with bodies, lying on slabs or on the floor and in various states of decay. We had been […]

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The prison in us

Alia Mossallam  Mada Masr, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 About a month ago I went to visit a friend in prison. It doesn’t matter who he or she was, since there are now hundreds of young men and women in Egypt’s prisons because of the new Protest Law. The prisons are full to the brim with teenagers, students, fathers, brothers, daughters and […]

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Unauthorized memory

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Yasmin El-Rifae   Yesterday they shot and killed a woman on Talaat Harb Street. She was walking, along with other members of the Socialist Alliance Party, through downtown to commemorate those killed since all of this started four years ago. Many of them were carrying flowers, wreaths to lay in Tahrir. Photos of Shaimaa Sabbagh in […]

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On Hunger Strike

Omar Robert Hamilton London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 19 · 9 October 2014 page 30 | 1717 words After the shock and awe tactics of the Rabaa massacre last summer, when Egypt’s military regime murdered around a thousand supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, the rolling counter-revolution has played out mostly within the justice system, between police stations, […]

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Egypt’s Transitional Injustice

    Posted: 09/02/2014 Dalia Abd El-Hameed  Gender and women’s rights officer for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).   Yara Sallam, the transitional justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was arrested on June 21 a block away from a Cairo protest march against a draconian law that effectively bans demonstrations. Under the law, in effect since […]

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Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

  22 August 2014 Written by Nani Jansen and Adrian Plevin. After imprisoned Egyptian blogger and human rights defender Alaa Abd El Fattah went on hunger strike this past Monday, the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) petitioned the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) to take all necessary steps to secure Abd El Fattah’s immediate release. The 32-year-old award-winning blogger […]

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On Alaa’s hunger strike

By Omar Robert Hamilton Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – 07:33 After three spells of imprisonment since the start of the revolution, Alaa Abd El Fattah has declared that he is starting a hunger strike. Alaa is one of 25 people who were sentenced to 15 years in prison for attending/organizing a protest in November. A protest in which a policeman who […]

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Egypt’s Rabaa massacre: one year on

The killing of 817 protesters last August was this week judged a crime against humanity equal to, or worse, than Tiananmen Square. But feelings on the ground are mixed   Patrick Kingsley The Guardian, Saturday 16 August 2014 “To this day, I can’t believe it happened. I reached a point where I couldn’t talk to anyone. I couldn’t talk to […]

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