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July 17, 2024

29 NGO in a joint statement Egyptian Authorities Must Halt These Measures Immediately and Release the Refugee Detained Without Legal Basis

29 NGO in a joint statement Egyptian Authorities Must Halt These Measures Immediately and Release the Refugee Detained Without Legal Basis

The undersigned organizations condemn the Egyptian authorities’ arrest and detention of Sudanese refugee and community leader Othman Hussein Yaqoub Mansour, Director of the African Vision School for Sudanese Education in 6th of October City, on Monday, July 1st, and his forced disappearance and coercion into signing a declaration of voluntary deportation from Egypt. These measures,...

Sudanese Community Leader Arrested and Tortured Ahead of Deportation, Online Petition Launched to Support Sudanese Nationals in Egypt Against Racism

The Refugees Platform in Egypt has documented the arrest of Sudanese refugee and community leader, Othman Hussein Yaqoub, director of the African Vision School for Sudanese Education in 6th of October City, by Egyptian authorities on Monday, July 1st. The Egyptian authorities forcibly disappeared him for a week, during which he was tortured into signing...

In a Message to the RPE, Refugee Communities in Egypt: No Response to Our Calls

A recorded message received from refugee communities in Egypt on their current living conditions, published by the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) as  received:   Most refugees in Egypt are living in a state of despair and tragedy, accompanied by constant fear and panic even inside their homes, due to arbitrary arrests and campaigns against...

L’Egitto non è un paese di origine o di transito sicuro per il rimpatrio di egiziani/e e migranti. Perché respingiamo la decisione del governo italiano di considerare l’Egitto un paese sicuro?

Il 5 giugno scorso, la ‘Piattaforma dei Rifugiati in Egitto’, insieme a 40 organizzazioni della società civile, ha espresso in una dichiarazione congiunta la sua profonda preoccupazione per la decisione dell’Italia di classificare la Repubblica Araba d’Egitto come ‘paese di origine sicuro’ ai sensi del decreto legislativo n. 25/2008, comma 2-bis. Le organizzazioni hanno esortato...

Egypt is Not a Safe Country of Origin or Transit for Returning Egyptians and Migrants Why We Reject the Italian Government’s Decision to Consider Egypt a Safe Country

On June 5th, the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE), along with 40 civil society organizations, expressed in a joint statement their deep concern over Italy’s decision to classify the Arab Republic of Egypt as a “safe country of origin” under Legislative Decree No. 25/2008, paragraph 2-bis.  The organizations urged the Italian government to publicly disclose...

The Sudanese Under Fire: Armed Conflict, Closed Borders, & Deadly Heat

The Sudanese Under Fire: Armed Conflict, Closed Borders, & Deadly Heat Latest Update: 51 burial permits have been issued. The number is expected to rise. 51 Sudanese fatalities have been recorded, with dozens injured and at risk of deportation. Additionally, some people have been recorded missing during their crossing into Egypt. Our condolences and serious...

Updates on the Sexual Assault and Murder Case of the Infant “Janet”

The Public Prosecutor continues its investigation, examining the crime scene and the location where the body was found, and taking the suspect to reenact the crime. The family of the deceased: “We demand her right, justice, and punishment for all involved in the crime.” Wide-ranging demands from the Sudanese community in Egypt under the hashtags...

Egyptian Public Prosecution Issues Decisions Regarding the Kidnapping, Rape, and Murder of “Janet” A Sudanese Infant, 10 months, in Nasr City

Sources told the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) that the Egyptian Public Prosecution issued 5 decisions last night, April 20th, in the crime of raping, killing, and attempting to dispose of the body of a 10-month-old Sudanese infant, “Janet Gomaa” in a public park in Nasr City. The prosecution’s decision included expediting police investigations into...

Guidelines to Follow in Case of Detention or Arrest by Egyptian Authorities

Over the past few weeks, the Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) has documented cases of arrest, detention, and forced deportation of persons on the move in various governorates in Egypt, including migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees residing in Egypt. According to documented testimonies, these arrests target individuals based on their identity or skin color, during...

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...

Emergency Appeal from Stranded Sudanese at Border Crossings and Egyptian Consulates and an Open Letter for the Protection of Eritrean and Ethiopian Refugees in Sudan

Activists, families, and friends of stranded Sudanese individuals at the Egyptian-Sudanese borders have been appealing to the Egyptian government via social media to re-allow temporary documents’ holders to cross into Egypt. The Egyptian authorities had issued a decision on May 25th prohibiting temporary documents’ holders from crossing into Egypt, causing congestion and a crossing crisis...

High Commissioner for Refugees During His Visit to Egypt: UNHCR Seeks Presence on Sudanese Border, Explores Solutions for Those Who Have Lost Their Passports

The High Commissioner for Refugees stated in press statements on May 29, 2023, that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is “trying to establish a presence on the Sudanese side,” and that “the commissioner’s team in Sudan is working to provide more support at the borders.” The statement comes during the High Commissioner’s...

Congestion and Crossing Crisis at Egyptian-Sudanese Borders Following Egyptian Authorities’ Decision to Halt Passage for Emergency Travel Document Holders

On midday of May 25th, Egyptian authorities issued a decision to suspend the use of temporary travel documents for Sudanese nationals at Egyptian border crossings. These documents had been in use since the beginning of the armed conflict in Sudan, and Egyptian authorities had previously allowed holders of these documents from Sudan to enter Egypt...

“My Arrest by Egyptian Authorities Violates the 1951 Geneva Convention”: Egyptian Authorities Deport Director of “African Refugee Rights” to Rwanda a Week After His Abduction

The Refugees Platform in Egypt (RPE) confirmed that the Egyptian authorities have deported Chadian activist and human rights defender, Djasnan Alfred Camus, on the evening of May 22nd, 2023, to Rwanda, after he refused forced repatriation to Chad. Camus announced via his Facebook account on May 23rd his arrival in “Kigali,” reassuring the public that...