Tuesday marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The rights group says the operation targeting relatives of dissidents living abroad appears "to be widespread, organised, and increasing" and that security forces did not show any arrest or search warrants.
Conditions in Egyptian prisons have been condemned in a UN report, which has also warned that thousands more detainees may be suffering gross violations of their human rights and could be at high risk of death
TRT World spoke to Maha Azzam, the head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, who opposes the Sisi regime and wants to replace it with a democracy.
With Algeria and Sudan ousting longstanding leaders, ongoing unrest in the Gaza Strip and protests in both Iraq and Lebanon, there is a feeling that change could once again be sweeping across the region.
International human rights groups warn that the Sisi regime is spreading fear amongst his critics and opponents by detaining and torturing the country's leading rights defenders.
Opponents of the Egyptian government live in fear as anti-government protests lead to a crackdown on dissent.
Promises of political reform and the reinstatement of food subsidies follow days of protests against President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s government.
Alaa Abdel Fattah's arrest came two days after Egyptian authorities stifled calls for fresh protests against President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's rule, deploying security forces and closing many of Cairo's main thoroughfares.
President Abdel Fattah el Sisi played down repeat protest call against his rule on Friday, as security forces tightened controls in the centre of the capital and closed off entrances to Tahrir Square.
Gamal Eid, head of Arab Network for Human Rights Information, says his group and two others have jointly documented more than 1,100 arrests following last week's protests that called on President Abdel Fattah el Sisi to quit.
The Egyptian government easily silences or dismisses critics but even President Sisi is having a hard time ignoring one wealthy exile sparking protests in Egypt.
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