According to Human Rights Watch, concerns are growing that dissidents will have to fear more repressive politics after the end of the climate summit. The arrests have not been officially confirmed.
Human rights activists estimate that tens of thousands of dissidents have been imprisoned since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2013. Repressive policies overshadow COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Human Rights Watch bases the figures on documents from the human rights organization, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), which has already counted 700 arrests across the country since October 1. Including people who called for the November 11 protests critical of the government. Security measures were tightened in Cairo, among other things, in the two weeks leading up to that date and cafes were closed. Protests are de facto banned in Egypt.
The Egyptian economy has suffered badly from the war in Ukraine, among other things. Rising energy and food prices in conjunction with rising inflation rates, which mainly affect the poorest Egyptians, are causing discontent in the country. The local currency, the Egyptian pound, has lost about a quarter of its value since the beginning of the year.
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