January 31, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Cairo Appeals Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday banned and declared Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Qassam Brigades) to be a terrorist group. Qassam Brigades is the armed branch of Hamas, which is itself an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling is based on allegations by ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein spoke out Tuesday against the excessive force used by security personnel to control political protests in Egypt. The violent security response has led to the death of at least 20 people and includes a report of a peaceful female protestor ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by William Helbling
The Bahrain Ministry of Justice on Wednesday commenced the trial of prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman for his role in promoting an overthrow of the current Bahrain political system. The current Al-Wefaq Islamic Society secretary general faces charges of inciting a change of government by ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people without prior ...[read more]
January 27, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Security forces in Egypt arrested 516 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced Monday. On Sunday, which marked the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising and the fall of Hosni Mubarak, supporters of the Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian appeals court Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter in a female genital mutilation (FGM) that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2013. The doctor, Raslan Fadl, who was originally cleared of charges at the trial level, was fined and sentenced to two years of hard labor ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian authorities announced Monday that former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons were released from prison. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged with using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. While both brothers have been released, they still face a ...[read more]
January 24, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered a retrial for 152 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced in a mass trial last year. Thirty-seven were sentenced to death, and 115 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their roles in attacks against Egyptian Christians and their churches in August ...[read more]

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