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by: IRIN 2005-11-10

EGYPT: Parliamentary elections begin amid cautious hopes for change

CAIRO, 10 November (IRIN) - The first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections kicked off on Wednesday, with polling stations opening to voters in eight governorates.

Coming in the wake of the country’s first-ever multi-candidate presidential elections, held in September, observers are calling the par..

by: IRIN 2005-11-10
- As the first of three rounds of voting in Egypt’s parliamentary election got underway on Wednesday, media coverage has been biased in favour of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), human rights experts said...

by: IRIN 2005-11-15

European Parliament reports violations in parliamentary race

 Several violations were observed during the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, the vice president of the European Union Parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott, said.

A four-member delegation from the EU parliament arrived in Egypt on Wednesday to observe the first of three phases of local parliamenta..

by: IRIN 2006-2-23

 Like a number of other religiously-oriented movements across the Middle East, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has traditionally appealed to its constituencies through a system of wide-ranging social programmes.

Areas that are currently subsidised by the group include education, health and job-training programmes.

The Muslim Brotherhood was officially banned in the mid-1950s, w..

by: IRIN 2006-4-17

 After three days of sectarian tension following a series of attacks on Coptic Christian church-goers in Alexandria, activists blamed the government for failing to subdue rising interdenominational friction.

"There have been signs of growing tension between Muslims and Christians for years," said director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Hossam Bahgat. "Under the pre..

by: IRIN 2006-10-25
In Iraq , the Ministry of Interior fired 3,000 policemen in mid-October for human rights abuses as well as incompetence in preventing terrorism. Reports emerged that some also had regular contact with insurgents.

"We are looking for recruits who will stand against anything that could harm our democracy and human rights," Brig. Gen. Abdel Kareem Khalaf, spokesper..