Stand by lives: depoliticizing families of political prisoners in post-revolution Egypt

Keywords: Egypt, repression, human rights violations, depoliticization, collective action, social agency


Since 2017, Committee for Justice has been working on monitoring and verifying human rights violations inside Egyptian prisons and places of detention under its project «Detention Watch». Based on findings of in-depth interviews with 10 relatives of political prisoners during March and September 2022, this article presents the cases of families who are active and inactive social and economic agents representing different groups of the Egyptian population. It focuses on the impact of human rights violations on depoliticizing relatives of political prisoners –wives, parents, and children– and how this affected their efforts to over the economic hardship, as well as their attitudes regarding migration, protesting, and political reconciliation with the regime. In doing so, the article mires to explore the personal, economic, social, and political results of repression and how these have led to increased depoliticization among individuals who are affected indirectly by human rights violations.

Received: 20 May 2022 
Accepted: 16 November 2022


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How to Cite
Committee for Justice-Geneva. 2022. “Stand by Lives: Depoliticizing Families of Political Prisoners in Post-Revolution Egypt”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 10 (December), 211-33.