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Egypt still struggles to improve human rights

Activists, opposition politicians and journalists have been the targets of an escalating crackdown on human rights in Egypt.
Members of security forces keep watch in Tahrir Square before the fifth anniversary of the January 25 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, January 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX23RJQ

On Jan. 27, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published its World Report 2016. In a news release headlined “Egypt: Security Operations Inflame Rights Crisis,” HRW summarized the "mounting torture and disappearances" during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule, more than two years after the army removed former President Mohammed Morsi.

HRW is one of many groups documenting human rights violations under Sisi's regime. Other groups include the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Amnesty International and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), to name just a few.

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