Egypt


03 March 2015
Al-Fanar Media
Student Union Elections Canceled in Egyptian Universities by Mai Shams El-Din

Students across Egypt are outraged after the Supreme Council of Universities cancelled this year’s student union elections for “legal reasons.” The elections can’t take place because the electoral period mandated by university bylaws has already passed, explained the Higher Education Minister, Sayed Abdel Khalek, who also heads the council. Bylaws stipulate that student union elections must be held no later than six weeks after the academic year begins. However, “the bylaws themselves were issued two months after the academic year began, so there’s no time to hold the elections this year,” Higher Education Ministry spokesperson Adly Reda said.

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03 February 2015
Human Rights Watch
Egypt: Investigate Professor’s Allegations of Torture

Egyptian judicial authorities should investigate allegations that police tortured an economics professor and his brother. Abdallah Shehata, a former Finance Ministry advisor, and his brother As’ad have been held since they were detained on November 28, 2014.

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19 January 2015
Daily News Egypt
More students sentenced as 25 January anniversary approaches by Adham Youssef

33 students from Al-Azhar University were sentenced to one year in prison after a Cairo court refused their appeal Sunday. The defendants were arrested on campus on charges of protesting without permit.

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08 January 2015
University World News
Some students expelled over protests are reinstated by Ashraf Khaled

Egypt’s higher education authorities have started reviewing the cases of scores of students expelled from universities for alleged participation in violent anti-government protests. More than 50 students have already been reinstated. The review is aimed at defusing tensions in Egypt’s universities, which have experienced politically motivated unrest in recent years.

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12 November 2014
Daily News Egypt
Al-Azhar students expelled for participating in protests by Adham Youssef

At least 23 students were expelled from Al-Azhar University on Tuesday for their alleged implication in acts of on-campus violence, according to the university’s media centre. The administration also suspended another 61 students, referring them to investigation over similar charges. Students in Al-Azhah have been protesting against the closure of the dormitories and against the arrests of fellow students.

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06 November 2014
University World News
Military trials for students spark concerns by Ashraf Khaled

A new law in Egypt allowing military trials for students accused of attacking university facilities has raised concerns among academics and rights advocates about freedoms in the country. Earlier this month President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who temporarily holds legislative power, issued the controversial law authorising the army to join the police in protecting state institutions, including public universities. 

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03 November 2014
Middle East Monitor
Freedom Seekers Observatory: 506 arrests and expulsions in three weeks

The Freedom Seekers Observatory published an infographic showing the violations that have been carried out by Egyptian forces against university students for the first three weeks of the academic year. The Freedom Seekers Observatory has been monitoring 135 cases of students who have been expelled from the university after seven students were expelled in the first week alone, followed by 14 cases in the second week and 111 cases in the third week of this semester.

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30 September 2014
Daily News Egypt
Cairo University to examine appeals by suspended students by Adham Youssef

Cairo University plans to form an investigation committee to examine appeals by suspended students, as a part of preparing the campus for the new academic term. The university expelled 94 students for taking part in protests last year. Security forces also arrested more than 48 students from inside the campus last year. 

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30 September 2014
Al-Fanar Media
Egypt's Universities Step Up Security to Avoid Unrest by Mohamed Elmeshad

In a Sunday meeting, the Minister of Higher Education, ElSayed AbdelKhaleq, called on universities to upgrade their security before the new academic year. The last academic year saw unprecedented violence and student deaths. They will also be increasing the number of female security guards, to make it easier and less intrusive to search women.

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29 September 2014
Daily News Egypt
Suggested amendments to university laws are severe violation of academic freedom: AFTE by Adham Youssef

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) condemned Monday the suggested amendments to the law regulating university affairs, describing it as a severe violation to the independence of universities and academic freedom. The association described the amendments as unconstitutional, as they deprive the academic community of its right to decision-making. AFTE mentioned in a statement that the suggested amendments will give the president of the university the right to depose any faculty member if they are charged with “protesting inciting violence, rioting, obstructing the educational process, possession of weapons and explosives, or destroying university property.”

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08 September 2014
Daily News Egypt
Cairo University professors protest against colleague’s arrest by Adham Youssef

A number of university professors protested Monday in front of Cairo University demanding the immediate release of their colleagues from prision, according to state-run Al-Ahram.

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15 May 2014
Al-Monitor
Egypt's blind women's orchestra struggles post-revolution by Sarah El-Rashadi

Described as “Egypt’s miracle,” Al Nour Wal Amal (Light and Hope), the blind female orchestra, is feeling the economic pangs of the revolution. Prior to the January 25 Revolution, the orchestra staged regular monthly concerts, traveled annually and had multiple donors supporting the organization and its initiatives. Today, the picture is somewhat bleak, shown by the infrequency of concerts, little or no international travel and dwindling funds. 

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12 May 2014
Al- Fanar Media
In Egypt, Protests Spread to Private Universities by Sarah Lynch

 At the American University in Cairo, on the capital’s eastern outskirts, students gathered last week to discuss an increasingly widespread concern on campuses in Egypt: Student imprisonment.

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25 April 2014
University World News
Call to support academic freedom in universities by Wagdy Sawahel

Egyptian lecturers and academic freedom groups have called on international human rights organisations to support the release of detained academics and students and put a halt to violations of rights in universities, in a report that also records the deaths, arrests or fleeing of 212 academics.

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14 April 2014
Daily News Egypt
Cairo University SAC march dispersal leaves 2 critically wounded, 1 reported dead by Ali Omar

A Students Against the Coup march at Cairo University was dispersed Monday 14 April with tear gas, birdshot and live ammunition, with at least two journalists wounded and a student reported dead.

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10 April 2014
University World News
Universities on alert after blasts, students expelled by Ashraf Khaled

Egypt's universities, rocked by months of anti-government protests, have toughened up on security following deadly explosions near the country's largest academic institution. Dozens of students involved in protests have been expelled in recent weeks.

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08 April 2014
Ahram Online
Ministry of Interior : 12 handmade bombs found on Ain Shams University's campus by Ahram Online

Sources in the interior ministry stated that 12 handmade primitive bombs that were found in Ain Shams University campus in Cairo were defused by campus security early Tuesday. The news comes less than a week after bombings at Cairo University, where a series of three explosions killed a police officer and injured at least five others. 

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07 April 2014
Egypt Independent
Azhar University dismisses 27 students for ‘leading protests inside campus’ by Al-Masry Al-Youm

Azhar University announced that surveillance cameras have identified students who led protests on campus, saying they were dismissed immediately from the university and the dorms, according to new law.

 

A statement issued on Monday said “27 students were recognized through photos. They were revealed to be enrolled at some of the university faculties. Legal measures were taken to dismiss them.”

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02 April 2014
Al- Fanar Media
Amid More Violence, Egyptian Universities’ Independence Questioned by Sarah Lynch

Violence persisted at Egypt’s universities this week as part of a broader conflict between authorities and student protesters that underscores rights’ activists concerns about obstacles facing independence of the nation’s universities.

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31 March 2014
Daily News Egypt
Two shot dead at Al-Azhar as students protest arrests by Ali Omar

Two students were shot dead Sunday as Ministry of Interior forces stormed Al-Azhar University to suppress ongoing protests, which have occurred almost daily at the university since the beginning of the school year.

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26 March 2014
Reuters
Egyptian doctor faces life on the run after mass death sentences by Michael Georgy

On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced Shabib and 528 other alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and other offences, signaling a sharp escalation in a crackdown on Islamists.

Only 123 of the defendants were in court on Monday. The rest were either released, out on bail or in hiding.

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25 March 2014
Middle East Monitor
Students continue protests in Egypt, Anti- Coup Alliance calls for escalation

 Egyptian university and school students continued their anti-coup protests yesterday, while the Anti-Coup Alliance called for the continuation of "revolutionary escalation" in protest against the ongoing repression of pro-democracy activists, particularly women and students. It also called for a "revolutionary day" on Wednesday when protests are scheduled to march towards major squares, including Tahrir, Rabia Al-Adaweya, and al-Nahda.

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20 March 2014
University World News
Government under pressure to free detained students by Ashraf Khaled

Egypt's military-backed government is under increasing pressure from student unions to release hundreds of students detained in recent months amid tensions that gripped academic institutions after the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

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07 March 2014
The Conversation
Opinions are dangerous as Egypt cracks down on dissent by Emad Shahin

This episode highlights a dangerous state of affairs in Egypt, which is going through an unprecedented period of suppression of fundamental civil rights and a severe stifling of freedom of expression and press.

Following the military coup of 3 July, the new regime has shown little tolerance for dissent or peaceful protest. The massive crackdown against the supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi expanded to include many voices that oppose military rule.

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27 February 2014
University World News
Academic opinion divided on police return to campuses by Ashraf Khaled

A decision by an Egyptian court this week reinstating police guards at public universities has drawn mixed responses, just before academic institutions were due to resume classes.

The court order came more than three years after police guards were removed from universities and replaced by civilian security guards.

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25 February 2014
Al-Fanar Media
Egyptian Court Puts Police Back on Campus by Sarah Lynch and Nadine El Sayed

A Cairo court approved this week a permanent return of police to campuses, according to local news media. The court ruling followed a decision by the interim president Adly Mansour last week to allow university leaders to expel students for “endangering the educational process” and inciting or participating in violence, among other reasons. The move appeared aimed at students protesting against the government.

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23 February 2014
The New York Times
Concern Grows Over Academic Freedom in Egypt by Ursula Lindsey

The indictment here of a well-known professor on charges of espionage has sparked new concerns about academic freedom in Egypt. The military-backed government is carrying out a widespread crackdown on theMuslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that until last year governed the country. Some political scientists say they can no longer speak freely for fear of being accused of supporting the Brotherhood.

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17 February 2014
Daily News Egypt
Political activities banned on university campuses by Aya Nader

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities decided on Saturday to ban the organisation of any political activities in support of presidential candidates on campus.

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16 February 2014
The Guardian
Egyptian population worsens social unrest by Patrick Kingsley

Egypt is struggling to contain a population explosion that has surged in the past three years, exacerbating many of the social tensions that indirectly led to the 2011 uprising.

The number of births in Egypt in 2012 was 560,000 higher than in 2010, according to the most recent statistics. It is the largest two-year increase since records began. The rise keeps Egypt on course to overtake countries such as Russia and Japan by 2050, when forecasters predict it will have more than 137.7 million people.

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10 February 2014
Al Jazeera
Egypt's media war by Listening Post

Egypt is in the midst of a self-declared war on terror.

Since the Muslim Brotherhood was branded a terrorist organisation eight months ago, Egypt’s current leader Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his so-called ‘security solution’ has left no middle ground in the debate.

Egyptians - and their media - are either with the military or they are considered to be with the 'terrorists'. As a consequence, news organisations have come under huge pressure and the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists has sent a chill through the foreign media contingent in Cairo.

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06 February 2014
Al-Monitor
Egypt resists through art by Enas Hamed

During the January 25 Revolution, several talents in the various fields of art emerged. These art forms served as a means to stimulate demonstrators throughout the 18 days of protests in Tahrir Square, transforming the harsh cold weather of January and February into warmth, as the enthusiasm for songs, drawings and caricatures was ignited. Those who created this art called it “alternative art.”

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02 February 2014
Al-Monitor
Egypt: Resistance Through Sarcasm by Hadir Almahdawi

As security restrictions clamp down on means of freedom of speech, humor has emerged as the only weapon of resistance. Humor is common across all cultures over time. Philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant and Blaise Pascal before them, as well as Greek philosophers, dedicated long, serious works to the topic of humor.

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30 January 2014
Al-Fanar Media
Education and Egypt's New Constitution by Isobel Coleman

Last week, Egyptians approved a new constitution with a Mubarak-like 98 percent yes-vote in a referendum. Many observers have been critical of the constitution, noting that it gives unprecedented powers to the military and fails to protect important human rights. Others, however, see it as cause for celebration, citing the document’s provisions on gender equality, religious freedom, and secularism as important steps forward.

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29 January 2014
Al-Monitor
Egypt cracks down on students by Safa Joudeh

Student demonstrations have become a daily occurrence at Egyptian universities. Reports estimate that a monthly average of 230 protests were staged on 24 campuses in the first part of the current academic year. By and large, student mobilizations have grown in recent months in response to the unprecedented, forceful suppression of civil rights expressed through traditional channels of political activism.

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25 January 2014
AlJazeera
Egypt's tumult told by the art it inspired by Dahlia Kholaif

Inspired by three years of struggle for new freedoms and better lives, Egyptian artists have been prolific.

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23 January 2014
Al-Fanar Media
Emad Shahin: Letter From an Accused Academic by Emad Shahin

It was with severe shock that I received news that I have been named in a case known as the “Grand Espionage,” which also included former President Mohamed Morsi and senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. These claims are baseless and politically motivated. 

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22 January 2014
Al-Fanar Media
New Home for Many Egyptian Academics: Jail by Sarah Lynch

Abulmagd is a mid-level Muslim Brotherhood figure who also heads the Technological Center at Helwan University. He is an executive member of an Egyptian engineers union. And also, as of last fall, he is a prisoner at Wadi El Natrun jail, making him—and Tarek—among hundreds of Egyptian academics and students arrested in the wake of the six-month-old military takeover as authorities continue to limit dissent and intensify repression.

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07 January 2014
Daily News Egypt
A map to Egyptian universities' indignation by AbdelHalim H. AbdAllah

The scene of security forces storming into university campuses, arresting and injuring students, has turned repetitive as violence in Egyptian universities has escalated since the beginning of the school year in 2013. 

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27 November 2013
Al-Fanar Media
Al-Azhar Students Test the Legal Limits of Protest In Egypt by Muhammad Mansour

The past week has been a tumultuous one at Al-Azhar University: A student was shot and killed after security forces stormed a dormitory, 38 students were sentenced to prison, and a running series of protests are disrupting campus life and, at times, education itself.

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11 November 2013
Al-Fanar Media
Egyptian Academics Arrested in the Crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by Muhammad Mansour

The crackdown in recent weeks by the military-supported government against the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers has included the arrests of at least 70 university professors.

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08 November 2013
University World News
Uproar mounts over university policing by Ashraf Khaled

A decision by Egypt's military-installed government, giving police a role in securing the country's restive universities, has raised fears of much-hated security agencies' interference in academic life – again.

Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi recently ordered police to be posted near universities to assist the institutions' civilian security guards in checking the identity cards of students before they enter campuses.

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23 October 2013
Ahram Online
18 injured as Islamist protests trigger clashes at Egypt's universities

At least 18 people injured in clashes triggered by Islamist protests at Egypt universities. Scores of pro-Morsi students in and outside the capital protested on Tuesday afternoon, continuing a rocky start to the new academic year.

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22 October 2013
Daily News Egypt
Students clash in Mansoura University by Fady Ashraf

Clashes erupted between Students Against the Coup and opposing students in Mansoura University on Tuesday afternoon.

Local Students Against the Coup member Ahmed Raga’i, said the group had organised a march of between 2,500 and 3,000 students against what he called “the military coup of 3 July.”

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20 October 2013
BBC
Egypt police clash with students at al-Azhar University

Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of students staging an anti-military protest at Cairo's al-Azhar University, reports say.

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10 October 2013
CBC News
John Greyson and Tarek Loubani free to leave Egypt, lawyer says

Canadians John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani are now free to leave Egypt, news that comes after the two were released from jail last weekend but not allowed to leave the country.

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05 October 2013
University World News
Students clash as Morsi turmoil continues by Reuters

Rival groups of students, some armed with guns and Molotov cocktails, clashed across Egypt last Sunday, state media and security sources said, as violence triggered by the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi spread to universities, reports Reuters. At least 29 people were wounded in fighting between groups for and against the ousted Islamist leader on at least three campuses, said the reports.

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02 October 2013
Al-Fanar
Canadian Academics’ Letter Smuggled Out of Egypt Prison by Sarah Lynch

Egyptian authorities this week extended the detention of two Canadian academics being held without charge to another 45 days as their supporters continue to press for their release.

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01 October 2013
Global News
Egyptian authorities may charge Loubani and Greyson with murder: report by Nick Logan

Two Canadians imprisoned without charges in Egypt may be facing allegation of murder and “intention to kill,” according to a media report.

The Toronto Star reported Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, who were arrested on Aug. 16 amid violent clashes between Egyptian military forces and protesters loyal to ousted president Mohammed Morsi, are being investigated for several alleged offences, which also include aiding and abetting murder, “terrorizing citizens,” attacking a police station and using explosives against a police station.

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29 September 2013
The Jerusalem Post
Egyptian students clash at universities as Morsi turmoil continues by Reuters

At least 29 wounded at 3 campuses across country; state-owned paper reports unidentified gunmen shot at pro-Morsi protesters.

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29 September 2013
The Guardian
Canadians on hunger strike in Egyptian jail claim they were beaten by Patrick Kingsley

Two Canadians on hunger strike inside an Egyptian prison have been beaten during their six-week-long detention, the pair have said in statement smuggled out of their jail cell

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29 September 2013
Al-Fanar
Egypt’s Academic Year Is Off to a Rough Start by Muhammad Mansour

The new academic year got off to a rough start at many Egyptian universities, as campus protests and violence reflected tensions between supporters of the nation’s military-backed government and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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22 September 2013
Ahram Online
At Cairo University, new term kicks off without a bang by Osman El Sharnoubi

On Sunday students flocked to Cairo University, Egypt’s largest centre of higher learning, for the first day of a new academic year.

 Despite calls by some groups which support ousted president Mohamed Morsi for civil disobedience, the campus buzzed with activity.

There had been concern that the political turbulence that Egypt has seen since Morsi’s ouster in July would affect university life. Ongoing protests, security crackdowns and the imposition of a daily curfew all threatened to disrupt the annual ritual of a new academic year.

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18 September 2013
University World News
Council of Universities requested arrest powers for security: Egypt cabinet by Ahram Online

Cairo University had decided earlier in the week not to grant security guards arrest powers proposed by Supreme Council of Universities.

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17 September 2013
The New York Times
French Teacher Killed in Cairo Jail as Detained Canadians Begin Hunger Strike by Liam Stack

A French citizen arrested for violating an army curfew was beaten to death in a Cairo jail cell late Monday night, on the same day that two Canadians held without charge for more than a month began a hunger strike — a grim pairing of events that drew attention both to the dysfunctional Egyptian police force and to rising xenophobia in a country whose economy once relied largely on its booming tourism sector.

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16 September 2013
Scholars at Risk: Academic Freedom Monitor
Priority Incident: Egypt

Dr. Mona Prince, a professor of English at Suez Canal University, was investigated by university authorities and suspended without pay following comments she made in early April during a classroom discussion on sectarian tensions in Egypt. Dr. Prince teaches a course on conversation.

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14 September 2013
University World News
Concern simmers over university guards’ arrest powers by Ashraf Khaled

A decision by Egypt’s state-run Supreme Council of Universities, giving security personnel the power to arrest students on campuses, has ignited fears that police-style oppression will be revived in this country that has removed two presidents in less than three years.

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11 September 2013
Egypt Independent
Al-Azhar University president: Power of arrest for campus security to protect students

Campus security guards at the renowned al-Azhar University in Egypt have been granted the power of arrest on campus.

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11 September 2013
Al Fanar
Egypt Poised to Give Guards at Public Universities More Power by Sarah Lynch and Mohamed Mahmoud

Two months after the overthrow of Egypt’s civilian leader, the military-backed interim government may put a controversial security measure into place at state-owned universities.

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07 September 2013
University World News
Academics Tarek Loubani and John Greyson jailed in Egypt by Toronto Media Co-op

Canadian filmmaker and associate professor at York University John Greyson, and ER physician and academic Dr Tarek Loubani remain jailed in an Eygptian prison where they have been held since being arrested on 16 August. They have yet to be charged, writes Tara-Michelle Ziniuk for Toronto Media Co-op.

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07 September 2013
University World News
University guards’ arrest powers spark fears by Ahram Online

A decision to grant campus security guards the right to arrest students was issued last Wednesday, sparking fears of a return to the time when politically active students were targeted, reports Ahram Online.

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30 August 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Detention of Canadian Academics in Egypt Spurs International Concern by Karen Birchard

The arrest and continuing detention of two Canadian professors in Egypt has generated an outcry from universities and scholars, as unrest in Cairo contributes to worries about their fate.

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27 August 2013
The Huffington Post
John Greyson and Tarek Loubani Detained In Egypt With 7 Other Foreigners: Report by Terry Pedwell

The federal government expressed disappointment Tuesday that two Canadians being detained in Cairo were still being held — and are likely to remain behind bars for another two weeks.

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01 August 2013
CNN
Saudi activist receives 7-year sentence, 600 lashes for insulting Islam by Ed Payne and Mohammed Jamjoom

A Saudi court has sentenced a activist to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for violating the nation's anti-cybercrime law, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday.A Jeddah Criminal Court found Raif Badawi, who has been in prison since June 2012, guilty this week of insulting Islam through his website and in television comments. 

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