“A Huge Blow to Civil Society”: Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the Quarantine Report. We end today’s show in Egypt, where the executive director of the leading human rights group in the country was arrested Thursday night in an unprecedented crackdown. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of activists and journalists since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of the late…

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"A Huge Blow to Civil Society": Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown

In Egypt, the executive director of the country’s leading human rights group has been arrested as part of an unprecedented crackdown on activists and journalists. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of people since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. “These arrests are a huge blow to civil society in Egypt,” says Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent and reporter for Mada Masr, the…

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END OF THE LINE: 1,000 Arrested in NCA County Lines Crackdown  

COUNTY Lines drug networks have been targeted in a week of law enforcement activity across the UK.The activity was coordinated by the Home Office funded National County Lines Coordination Centre, which is jointly run by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and National Crime Agency.Between Monday 14 and 20 September, as a result of operations carried out by police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs):1,041 arrests were made1,551 vulnerable people were engaged for safeguarding purposes861 cuckooed addresses were visited102 devices being used to operate County Lines were seizedThere were 69 referrals to the National Referral Mechanism, which assesses individuals as potential victims of human trafficking/modern slavery£526,000 in…

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