Egypt: Leading Rights Group Closes Citing Government Persecution


The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, one of Egypt’s last independent rights groups, has shut down. The organization documented violations against citizens, journalists, and political prisoners in Egypt and the region. It also followed the increasing government intimidation and targeting of human rights workers and others.

But laws that made many of ANHRI’s operations illegal have forced the organization to shut down. Egypt’s government has engaged in a widespread crackdown on dissent for years that has stifled many of the country’s civil society groups and jailed thousands. The country is ranked among the world’s worst jailers of journalists, along with Turkey and China, according to the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists.

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