Egypt steps up ‘unprecedented’ crackdown on NGOs

Egypt steps up ‘unprecedented’ crackdown on NGOs

In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies; Mohamed Zaree, head of […]

French presidential candidate Fillon promises crackdown on immigration

French presidential candidate Fillon promises crackdown on immigration

France’s presidential election frontrunner Francois Fillon vowed on Wednesday to take back control of immigration including by imposing quotas on non-European Union nationals as he looks to win votes from the far-right National Front party. Immigration and security are key issues in the campaign for this year’s vote with the leader of the National Front, […]

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detained 73 academics in dawn raids on Friday targeting followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Some 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the civil service, army and judiciary and 36,000 people jailed pending trial in the […]

Germany mulls stripping citizenship in terror crackdown

Germany mulls stripping citizenship in terror crackdown

Germany’s interior minister has proposed tough new security measures including deporting foreigners and revoking citizenship after two attacks claimed by the Islamic state group. At a press conference on Thursday Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière outlined plans to beef up federal security forces, make the promotion of terrorism a crime and strip German citizenship from […]

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s government on Monday continued its crackdown on those suspected of supporting a failed coup last week as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made overtures to the political opposition. Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, as part of a sweeping purge that began immediately after the unsuccessful military coup of […]