Egypt

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#18
2

Communities at risk

Copts, Shi'a, Bahá’ís, Nubians, Bedouin

Summary

The downing of a Russian passenger jet over Sinai in Egypt in October 2015 brought global attention to the local ISIS offshoot, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. In fact, Ansar had been engaged in attacks against both Egyptian and Israeli targets since 2011, seeking to recruit North Sinai Bedouin embittered by poverty and marginalization.… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2016 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0003
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance8.7
Rise of factionalized elites9
Voice and Accountability-1.193
Political Stability-1.582
Rule of Law-0.602
OECD country risk classification6
TOTAL13.83

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

The downing of a Russian passenger jet over Sinai in Egypt in October 2015 brought global attention to the local ISIS offshoot, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. In fact, Ansar had been engaged in attacks against both Egyptian and Israeli targets since 2011, seeking to recruit North Sinai Bedouin embittered by poverty and marginalization. As President Sisi consolidates his hold on power, official harassment of journalists and human rights defenders has increased and accountability for the August 2013 killing in Cairo of over 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators is off the agenda. There appear to be few constraints on the use of force in today’s Egypt and the country moves two places up the index.