The Egyptian government expands extrajudicial killing and enforced disappearance, says the US Department of State

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On Monday, the US Department of State released a report on the state of human rights in Egypt for 2021. The report cited unlawful killings by the government, enforced disappearances, and torture. It also mentioned the state of media freedoms, including online media, highlighting the government’s blocking of websites, including 127 news websites.

The report discussed restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, including arrests and prosecutions of journalists, censorship, blocking of websites, abuse of criminal defamation laws, and severe interference with freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

The US State Department criticized what it described as the government’s failure to punish or prosecute officials who committed abuses and those involved in corruption charges. The report addressed harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, politically motivated reprisals, and unlawful interference with privacy.