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December 22, 2023

An aid truck enters Gaza from the Rafah crossing

What does opening the Rafah crossing mean?

On the 77th day of the ongoing Israeli war of annihilation against Gaza, the largest mass killing operation we have witnessed in contemporary history, as statistics indicate that 394 Palestinians from Gaza are being killed every day, 770 people getting injured, and 27,537 are displaced daily. Demands are escalating to open the Rafah crossing immediately,...

A guide to organizations and initiatives providing support to Palestinians in Egypt and how to help their efforts continue

*The information provided in this guide is current and verified as of Monday, November 20, 2023.   Abwab Elkheir Foundation – مؤسسة أبواب الخير Since the beginning of the occupation’s aggression, Abwab Elkheir Foundation began supporting stranded Palestinian families and Palestinian students in Egypt. Until the end of November, the Foundation is working to support...

Prison Instead of Protection: Pylos Survivors Detained in Greece

The tragedy of the sinking of the Pylos boat on June 14th, which was carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea on June 14th, represents one of the deadliest shipwrecks in the region in nearly a decade. According to the testimonies of the survivors and families of the victims, the boat, named...

Arrival of Bodies of Greek Shipwreck Victims: Condolences and Questions About the Egyptian Passengers

According to the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) findings, residents of Tala in Menoufia Governorate and Abrash in Al-Sharqia Governorate were able to identify 14 bodies of their family members among the victims of the “Pylos” shipwreck in Greece through DNA analysis. Egyptian authorities had informed the victims’ families on June 22nd to travel to...

No Human being is Illegal

Words are important and have a strong influence on reality and its perceptions  A person should never be described as an “illegal or illegal migrant.” migration is not a crime. Language shapes people’s perceptions, and discriminatory language in referring to migrants leads to perceptions and actions that negatively affect their daily lives. Illegality is used...

Why was the Chadian refugee activist Mr. Alfred Djasnan arrested by the Egyptian police?

Statement from the African Refugee Rights Initiative The “Refugees Platform in Egypt” received a statement from the African Refugees Rights Initiative, detailing the detention and arrest of Chadian refugee and human rights defender Mr. Alfred DJasnan, Director of the African Refugee Rights Initiative, an initiative concerned with supporting the voices of refugees and asylum seekers...

Continuation of Restrictive Measures and Blockades: New Egyptian Directives Bar Entry of All Sudanese Citizens Without Visa

The Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) has acquired two documents dated June 7. One is issued by the Arqeen Border Crossing management (Sudan side), while the other is issued by the Qustul-Ashkeet Crossing management, both falling under the Ground Transportation and Crossings Unit within the Sudanese Ministry of Transport. Both documents indicate the circulation of...

EgyptAir Internal Document: Egyptian Authorities Impose New Measures Prohibiting Entry of Sudanese and Refugees into Egyptian Territories

According to an internal publication from EgyptAir’s General Stations Administration, issued May 29, 2023, and reviewed by the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE), addressed to all acting general managers, station managers, and traffic officers within the company. This document includes new instructions mandated by the Egyptian General Administration of Passports, Immigration, and Nationality at Cairo...

A guide for support and service providers for new arrivals in Egypt

A guide for support and service providers for new arrivals in Egypt: The most important advice and guidance on the law, residence and movement On April 15, conflict broke out between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan. Civilians became unsafe in light of the repercussions on various sectors echoing shortages in...

COP27: On the child Asaad’s story, climate migration and rights of displaced people in Egypt

Last Sunday, November 13, at one of the meetings of the climate conference (COP27), which is taking place in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt; the Sudanese child “Asaad”, 13 years old, told the story of his escape from the floods and flash floods that hit Sudan last summer from May to September. The story started...

Disappearance of a former Sudanese diplomat in Cairo, under mysterious circumstances

The Sudanese community in Egypt announced the sudden disappearance of Mohamed Salah Abbas, a former diplomat and ambassador to Sudan, last Friday in mysterious circumstances, and his whereabouts have not been found or found so far. The community added, in its Facebook posts, that a police station report had been written and the authorities had...

Alert: What do you need to know if you are an immigrant in Egypt during the security crackdown because of protest calls during COP 27?

During the past weeks, Egyptian human rights organizations have documented campaigns of arbitrary arrests in some areas in Cairo and other governorates. The campaigns included arresting pedestrians in the streets, verifying their personal identities, searching the contents of mobile phones and social media, and detaining people for hours. The organizations also documented the arrest of...

Egyptian Public Prosecution orders the release of a Somali child who ended the life of a tuk-tuk driver who tried to rape her

Today, the Egyptian Public Prosecution ordered the release of the Somali child held in custody. The 15-years-old was detained for four days pending investigations. she killed a tuk-tuk driver with a knife when he tried to rape her under threat with a pocket knife in the 6th of October City. The Police confirmed the validity...

The Egyptian Public Prosecution orders the imprisonment of a Somali child who ended the life of a driver who tried to sexually abuse her in the 6th of October City

A 15-year-old Somali child, surrendered herself to the Egyptian police, confessing the killing of a tuk-tuk driver who tried to sexually assault her, in the eleventh district of October 6 city, Giza governorate, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported. The Somali child came to the police station accompanied by a lawyer affiliated with the United Nations High...

An important warning to refugees about scammers, and a request to UNHCR

In the last period, we have monitored many comments on our pages and the pages of organisations working and interested in refugee issues in Egypt and other posts on refugee groups in Egypt from people claiming to facilitate resettlement procedures or facilitate the issuance of travel visas to countries such as the USA, Canada, the...

“An immoral, cruel, ineffective, costly and illegal partnership”… Criticism of UK plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday, April 14, that Britain has finalized a deal to send asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda to process their cases, in a move experts warn is ineffective, violates international law and will encourage human traffickers. On Thursday 14 April, the Home Secretary also announced in Kigali that...

March 2022: The Libyan authorities deport hundreds of Egyptian migrants, most of them minors

Last March witnessed the deportation of large numbers of irregular migrants from Libya to Egypt through the land border crossings between the two countries. “Refugees Platform in Egypt” followed many deportation incidents and obtained lists of names of Egyptians who were deported during the past month from Libya to Egypt. (You can find the lists...

In one week: Egypt forcibly deports 31 Eritrean asylum seekers to Asmara and prepares to deport dozens of detained migrants

The “Refugees Platform in Egypt – RPE ” monitored and documented that the Egyptian authorities committed the crime of forced deportations against 31 Eritrean asylum-seekers from Egypt to Asmara – the capital of Eritrea – during the past week. RPE also monitored the transfer of dozens of Eritreans from a detention centre in Aswan Governorate,...

A message from “CRS” for parents about safeguarding in community schools

What does safeguarding mean? Safeguarding is the Catholic Relief Services – CRS policy to ensure all staff and students are protected from any kind of harm which may include abuse, exploitation, harassment, discrimination, etc. What is the difference between Abuse and Exploitation? Abuse is when someone deliberately causes harm to another. This could happen among...

At least 18 Egyptians drowned after a migrant boat carrying Egyptians and Syrians capsized off the coast of Libya

The security of the coasts of the Libyan city of Tobruk announced, on Saturday morning, that a boat carrying a group of irregular migrants sank off the “Umm Al-Shawsh Valley and the Ras Bayad resort” late Friday night. Asriwa Saleh, executive director of the Transit Foundation for Migrants Assistance in Libya, said that the boat...

A security apparatus arrests Sudanese refugees, forcing them to work under torture, and then leaving them in the desert in the absence of UNHCR protection

“I was sitting in the café, waiting for someone to rent an apartment from. A microbus stopped in front of me… they pulled me to the police section with two others, then took me to a store to move boxes, I don’t know what they contained. Then they left me in the desert…They threatened me...