In an open letter to the European Union states, eighteen Egyptian and international civil society organizations (including Euromed Rights and Solidar) urged European countries, on September 17, to use this occasion to address the unprecedented levels of repression in Egypt. Under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, this review scheduled for November 13 is an important opportunity to denounce the "unprecedented level of human rights repression in Egypt”.
The signatory organizations of this letter and their partners note that since Egypt's last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2014, the number of human rights violations has increased sharply and the undersigned organizations and our partners have documented an unparalleled stifling of human rights organizations and human rights defenders.
The letter contains concrete recommendations to the Egyptian authorities, including death sentences, torture, violence against women and girls, imprisonment and travel bans for human rights defenders, and violations of freedom of expression, association and assembly. The signatories also urge European countries to put pressure on Egypt to conduct independent investigations in northern Sinai where people are victims of abuses and forced displacement. They call for supporting requests by UN treaty bodies and special procedures to carry out official missions to Egypt and for cooperating with the UN human rights mechanisms.