21 December 2021

Mauritius: The Court of Investigation which was set up by the Mauritian government has found the captain and the first officer of the ship that ran aground on a coral reef and caused an ecological disaster in January 2020 guilty and they will be judged on 27th of December. They had been drinking moderately at a birthday party before the ship touched the coral reef. The captain had given orders to approach the island so that the crew could get phone reception to make calls to their families.

20 December 2021

Egypt: Among the “tens of thousands of government critics, including activists and human rights lawyers, (who) have been detained arbitrarily” according to human rights groups is prominent human rights activist Alaa Abdel Fattah. Detained – in conditions that mock of human rights – since September 2019, he has now been sentenced to 5 years in prison because he is said to have spread false news. According to human rights groups, “the charges (are) spurious and the trial a sham”. According to Human Rights Watch, “the trial (…) had been marred by numerous fair trial and due process violations”.