بيانات وأخبار صحفية

2 September 2014

English version of EIPR’s “Defamation of Religion Cases in Two Years of the Revolution” now available

A report that chronicles and analyzes cases of defamation of religion between 2011 and 2013 is now available in English under the title of “Besieging Freedom of Thought: Defamation of Religion Cases in Two Years of the Revolution.” The report examines the increasing attacks on citizens who hold minority beliefs, as well as those who attempt to express an opinion about controver

1 September 2014

EIPR Lawyers Win Acquittals for Ten Detainees in Protesting Cases

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today welcomed the acquittal earlier this week of ten people who had been detained in political demonstrations earlier this year in Alexandria.

12 August 2014

EIPR: Educational Curricula Reflect Hyper-Nationalism and Lack Respect for Diversity

A study analyzing history and national instruction curricula.

The Ministry of Education has recently announced a change in the curricula of at least 30 text books according to news reports. The changes included textbooks of history and national instruction, and reportedly involved the inclusion of the state’s narrative of the political changes since 2011.

9 August 2014

Guarantees of Prosecution Independence Needed for a More Effective Justice System

In a court of law, a prosecutor recently demanded the maximum penalty for three journalists based on evidence that included pictures of a family vacation, clips from international newscasts and a music video by the Australian singer, Gotye. 

7 August 2014

Start of Social Dialog sessions on Comprehensive Health Insurance Bill with Participation of EIPR

Minister of Health Adel al-Adwi inaugurated the first meeting for social dialog on the comprehensive health insurance bill and its application mechanisms on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 at the headquarters of the Specialized National Councils. In attendance were Dr. Ibrahim Badran, the former health minister and president of the health committee in the Specialized National Councils, Dr.

24 July 2014

EIPR: Electricity price hikes are prejudicial to the poor

In a Cabinet press conference on 5 July, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb declared: “How can I achieve social justice when I’m subsidizing the rich at the expense of the poor?” This was the ostensible reason for the latest,

In a meeting between the Prime Minister and Bahey eddin Hassan: 23 Rights Organizations Demand that the Government Stop Fighting Civil Society and Review Its Policy towards NGOs

Bahey eddin Hassan, the director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), submitted a memo signed by 23 Egyptian human rights organizations to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab this morning, Thursday, 24 July 2014.

22 July 2014

EIPR: Total Failure of the Government’s Housing Policy to Guarantee Citizens’ Right to Adequate Housing Revealed in Budget Analysis for FY2014/2015

The Egyptian government has failed to adopt policies to support the poor’s right to adequate housing as per Article 78 of the Egyptian constitution, an analysis of FY 2014/2015’s budget has revealed.

22 July 2014

EIPR: Just and comprehensive housing policy needed

Egypt has wasted billions from public funds over the last four decades building housing for those it has dubbed as "low-income" families through a policy that never managed to reach its target beneficiaries: those who live in inadequate housing.

21 July 2014

Prime Minister's Decree to provide emergency medical care free of charge - A decree with no mechanisms or regulations

The undersigned organizations have followed the Prime Minister’s decree No. 1063 for the year 2014, issued last month, which obligates all hospitals, public or private, to provide emergency and trauma patients with free treatment for up to 48 hours. The cost of such an arrangement, according to the decree, is covered from the budget allocated to state-funded patient treatment.

20 July 2014

Reducing the Budget Deficit without Effective Social Safety Nets is Unfair to the Poor

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights warned Sunday against the consequences of focusing on decreasing the budget deficit on the expense of ensuring social justice –a pattern that shows from the fiscal statement of the public budget of 2014-2015.

9 July 2014

Proposed Government Law Makes NGOs Subordinate to Security and Ministry Control

The undersigned rights organizations express their deep concern regarding the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s latest draft of the bill regulating non-governmental organizations, and declare it a flagrant breach of the constitution and Egypt’s international obligations. The law, if adopted, will criminalize the operation of NGOs and subordinate them to the security establishment, shutting down the public sphere in Egypt to all but regime supporters.

3 July 2014

Rights groups take part in talks with World Bank on Egypt’s Country Partnership Framework 2015–2019

 

 

The undersigned civil society organizations took part in consultative talks held by the World Bank with various parties in Egypt, as it seeks to solicit opinions on Egypt’s Country Partnership Framework for 2015–19, which governs the Bank’s policies Egypt.

30 June 2014

EIPR shocked by continued detention of 23 defendants including an awarded human rights defender

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked by today's decision by the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court to keep the organization's transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 others behind bars, while their trial on charges of breaching the draconian protest law and other accusations including damaging property and displaying force continues.

23 June 2014

Rights Groups: Fabricating Charges for Peaceful Protesters and Rights Defenders Continues

*Masr el-Gedeida’s Prosecution Jails Protesters and Rights Defenders for 4 Days Pending Investigations Reflecting the Superficiality of Investigations in Protests’ Cases

23 June 2014

Rights groups call for immediate investigation into the latest assaults on women-inmates in Qanater Prison … Political prisoners are subjected to violence and ill-treatment

The government must immediately put in place effective measures to protect prisoners from further abuse, said the undersigned organizations following fresh allegations of beatings and other forms of ill-treatment against women inmates at al-Qanater Prison on the 10th of June. Impartial, independent and full investigations must be conducted, and the abused prisoners must be urgently taken for forensic examinations.

19 June 2014

After Luxor Appellate Misdemeanor Court gives teacher six months for defamation of religion: Religious minorities and persons of conscience increasingly prosecuted using unconstitutional laws

*EIPR urges political authorities to intervene to stop these trials, which undermine citizenship and guarantees for religious freedoms

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) expressed concerned about the growing frequency of trials on charges of religious defamation targeting religious minorities and those holding beliefs at odds with the Sunni Muslim majority, in light of sentences given to defendants in such trials in recent months, especially in the Luxor governorate.

18 June 2014

EIPR urges fair accountability for those responsible for victims of violence

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today issued a report on the most significant incidents of political violence that swept Egypt in the weeks before and after the government of former President Mohamed Morsi was deposed in July 2013.

17 June 2014

EIPR report on health conditions in 16 prisons and police stations: Living conditions and health care in prisons do not meet minimum health standards and endanger detainees’ lives

 The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a report titled, “Health in Egyptian Prisons: a field study on the determinants of health behind bars.” The study found poor health and living conditions in Egypt’s prisons that did not fulfill the minimum components for the right to health, including availability of healthcare services, quality of services and the competence of healt