Egypt

82 million people
2,600 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

News & Updates

In response to Egypt’s continued detention of thousands of demonstrators arrested since military coup in 2013, Freedom House released the following statement:

Issues: 
Civil Society, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

We are dismayed that during your brief stay in New York for the United Nations General Assembly you will include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the short list of foreign leaders with whom you will meet one-on-one.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Intergovernmental Bodies, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa, Americas

Freedom House released the following statement in advance of President Obama’s meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the UN General Assembly on September 25.

Issues: 
Civil Society, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Egypt Democracy Compass

The Egypt Democracy Compass is designed to provide a snapshot of the country’s trajectory, either toward or further away from a truly democratic system, on a monthly basis. The compass will assess progress in eight key components of  democratic transition: the constitution, elections, political participation, civilian control and security-sector reform, media freedom and freedom of expression, religious freedom, peaceful assembly and civic activism, and judicial independence and rule of law.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Elections, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communication security

This report evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities of mobile phone services and apps in 12 specified countries, analyzing multiple mobiel technologies to determine their capacity to protect security and privacy and to combat censorship and surveillance.
Download the full report here.

Issues: 
Internet Freedom
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights

Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights examines the human rights implications of domestic blasphemy and religious insult laws using the case studies of seven countries—Algeria, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland—where such laws exist both on paper and in practice. Without exception, blasphemy laws violate the fundamentalfreedom of expression, as they are by definition intended to protect religious institutions and religious doctrine– i.e., abstract ideas and concepts – from insult or offence. At their most benign, such laws lead to self-censorship.  In Greece and Poland, two of the more democratic countries examined in the study, charges brought against high-profile artists, curators and writers serve as a warning to others that certain topics are off limits. At their worst, in countries such as Pakistan and Malaysia, such laws lead to overt governmental censorship and individuals are both prosecuted and subject to severe criminal penalties including lengthy jail sentences.

Issues: 
Human Rights Defense, Religious Freedom
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe

Programs

In Egypt and Tunisia, we work with activists and citizen journalists to observe the elections. Bloggers and local activists receive training on election monitoring, violation reporting techniques, new media and mobile technology usage helping to increase transparency and citizens’ engagement in the political process.