Besides the conflict and social violence among farmers, state institutions such as the police and the Ministry of Agriculture through their employees in the different governorates practice direct and indirect violence against farmers that lead to the mistreatment and imprisonment of hundreds of farmers without any legal permission. Statistics of the year 2005 show the size of these violent events: 116 incidents have been reported.
The Land Center for Human Rights (LCHR) was founded to defend farmers and advocate human rights in rural Egypt, since there were no such organizations before LCHRs establishment in 1996. LCHR aims to address the disrespect and lack of protection of the rights of farmers and the agricultural sector in Egypt, influence the direction of the land market and prices, and study the effects of policies on farmers lives and the agrarian economy.
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