Egypt: Leading human rights group shuts down citing government persecution | Human Rights News

The Arab Human Rights Information Network, one of Egypt’s last independent rights groups, has shut down.

Egypt’s last independent human rights organization has shut down, citing government persecution, according to a statement from the group.

The Egyptian government has carried out extensive repression of dissent This has killed many civil society groups in the country and jailed thousands over the years.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information is an Egyptian organization founded in 2004 by a group of lawyers and activists. It documents violations of citizens, journalists, and political prisoners in Egypt and the region. It is also accompanied by increasing intimidation and attacks by the government against human rights workers and others.

But executive director Gamal Eid said in a statement on Monday that laws that made many of ANHRI’s businesses illegal forced the group to close.

He said that workers of the organization have been arrested, intimidated and beaten by security forces.

“We remain conscientious lawyers as individual, independent human rights defenders who will work side by side with the few independent human rights organizations, independent human rights defenders and the entire movement for democracy,” he wrote.

A government media official did not respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment on the group’s statement.

Those imprisoned in recent years include secular activists involved in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that toppled the country’s longtime leader, Hosni Mubarak.

As a lawyer, Eid al-Fitr represents some of the most famous secular detainees.the court ordered him Asset Freeze And he has been banned from travelling since 2016.

Since taking power in 2013, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has overseen the post-uprising crackdown and banned the Muslim Brotherhood, calling it a “terrorist organization”.

According to data from the non-profit organization Committee to Protect Journalists, the country, along with Turkey and China, is listed as one of the most severely detained journalists in the world.