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Inside Egypt’s secret scheme to detain and deport thousands of Sudanese refugees

Inside Egypt’s secret scheme to detain and deport thousands of Sudanese refugees

THOUSANDS of Sudanese refugees who escaped to neighbouring Egypt have been detained by Egyptian authorities in a network of secret military bases, and then deported back to their war-torn country often without the chance to claim asylum, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and the Refugees Platform in Egypt has found. The pushbacks uncovered by reporters contravene refugee conventions that Egypt has ratified, and are being carried out as the EU has pledged billions of dollars to Cairo in exchange for the government curtailing migration to Europe, a deal that critics say could make European countries complicit in the abuses taking place.…
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Egypt withholding identity papers from dissidents abroad- rights group

Egypt withholding identity papers from dissidents abroad- rights group

EGYPTIAN authorities have been systematically refusing to provide or renew identity documents to dissidents, journalists and activists abroad in a crackdown on opposition that extends beyond Egypt's borders, Human Rights Watch said. The U.S.-based group said it had interviewed 26 Egyptians living in countries including Turkey, Germany, Malaysia and Qatar last year, and had reviewed documents relating to nine of them. Egypt's state press centre and foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "By arbitrarily depriving its citizens abroad from obtaining valid passports and other identity documents, the Egyptian authorities are violating both the constitution and international…
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Struggle over Egypt’s Juhayna behind arrest of founder, son – Amnesty

Struggle over Egypt’s Juhayna behind arrest of founder, son – Amnesty

EGYPTIAN authorities are holding the founder of the country's largest dairy products and juices producer and his son in conditions that amount to torture because of their refusal to cede their assets, according to Amnesty International. There was no immediate response to a request for comment to Egypt's state information service. The arrests of Safwan Thabet, founder and former CEO of Juhayna, in December, and of his son Seifeldin two months later, shook Juhayna, a household name in Egypt. The authorities accuse them of belonging to and financing a terrorist group -- commonly a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood…
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IMF to approve $1.6-billion for Egypt

IMF to approve $1.6-billion for Egypt

THE International Monetary Fund expects to provide an additional $1.6 billion in financing to Egypt after its executive board approves the funding in coming weeks. The IMF said its staff reached an agreement with Egyptian authorities about the additional funding after a second and final review of Egypt's economic program and a $5.2 billion 12-month stand-by arrangement. "Egypt's economy has shown resilience, with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis mitigated by the authorities' swift, and balanced policy response," the IMF said in a statement. It said Egypt's fiscal and monetary policies should continue to support the economic recovery, and called…
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