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EUSpring | Egypt's transition in crisis: the decline of citizenship rights

3 April 2014
Moataz El Fegiery (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies)

Egypt’s possible transition to democracy has recently witnessed its most critical moment since the revolution of 25 January 2011. The ousting of President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013 jeopardised the democratic aspirations of many liberals, despite their joining the protest against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Since then, political and civil rights have suffered a severe downturn and the prospect of establishing democratic institutions has become more distant. This EUSpring paper by Moataz El Fegiery details why these trends may reflect badly for the development of citizenship rights in Egypt.

This paper is published in the framework of the EUSpring project on Democracy and Citizenship in North Africa after the Arab Awakening: Challenges for EU and US Foreign Policy ( The project is carried out by a consortium of organisations, including the European Policy Centre, University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies in Tunisia and the Centre de Recherche sur l'Afrique et la Méditerranée in Morocco and coordinated by Università degli Studi L’Orientale in Naples. The project is supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo.

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