Egypt: UPR Briefing Paper on the situation of human rights defenders

17.03.2014

(Geneva) - Egypt is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014.

The repression of human rights defenders in Egypt has reached unprecedented levels since the 2011 uprising, with security forces embarking upon a ‘severe and comprehensive crackdown’ against human rights defenders.

(Geneva) - Egypt is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014.

The repression of human rights defenders in Egypt has reached unprecedented levels since the 2011 uprising, with security forces embarking upon a ‘severe and comprehensive crackdown’ against human rights defenders.

Excessive use of force has led to the death of hundreds of protestors. Increasingly severe restrictions are being placed on freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression through the passage of laws which unreasonably regulate public assembly and civil society organisations.

The situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt is particularly alarming. The State specifically targets WHRDs through virginity tests and other violations by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. There have been numerous cases of rape and sexual-based violence, particularly against female demonstrators since June 2012 and, in July 2013, almost 100 women protesters were sexually assaulted and raped at a protest in Tahrir Square. 

This Briefing Paper on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Egypt is intended to assist States and other stakeholders to formulate questions and recommendations regarding the protection of human rights defenders during the UPR.

For further information about the Briefing Paper or for any assistance or advice in the formulation of recommendations, please contact ISHR's Head of Women Human Rights Defenders Program, Eleanor Openshaw, on e.openshaw@ishr.ch.

Category:

Region
  • Middle East and North Africa
Topic
  • Human rights defenders
Mechanism
  • Universal Periodic Review
Country
  • Egypt