Egypt moves to block surveillance technology
Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Egyptian and international rights groups have filed a criminal complaint with Paris prosecutors over the sale of French surveillance technology to Egypt. The filing, announced by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, relates to the potential role that the technology could play in widespread oppression in Egypt. A report on the News24 site notes that this request for a criminal investigation involves complicity to torture and carry out enforced disappearances. It supplements an investigation already under way on the sale of surveillance technology to Libya when it was run by long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi before his 2011 overthrow and killing.