In 1990, the women’s health movement declared September 28 to be a day for global action for the decriminalization of abortion. Since that time, the day has been observed annually by feminist movements and civil society organizations in numerous countries through the release of reports, the publication of articles, or the organization of marches or art exhibits.
Cairo Felony Court freezes assets of Hossam Bahgat, founder of EIPR, We will continue to defend rights and liberties and public policies fostering social justice
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights affirmed today that it intended to continue defending rights and liberties and fighting to change public policies and security practices inimical to economic, social, civil, and political human rights, despite the continued state assault on all forms of civil association and initiative in Egypt over the last three years.
The prosecution of Egyptian NGO leaders on criminal charges related to their legitimate human rights work appears increasingly imminent.
Filing a Communication before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights - A Complainant's Manual
In 2013, several organizations issued a guide for persons filing complaints with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), and the guide is now available in Arabic.
Reproducing the Status Quo: New Church Construction Law Consolidates Discriminatory State Policies and Confiscates Citizenship Rights of Future Generations
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights expresses its deep concern about the House of Representatives’ rushed approval of the law regulating the construction and renovation of churches. The law was passed only three days after the government submitted the bill to the House and without any societal debate. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights warns that the law will erode fundamental constitutional rights, depriving future generations of their liberties and rights.
Titan’s search for improvement should be reflected in respecting the rights of communities and workers
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The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is formally Investigated in the Case Against Civil Society Organizations
Investigative judges this month formally started investigating the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights as part of Case No 173/2011, the criminal investigation human rights organizations which was the basis for the asset freeze request and the travel ban of the organization’s founder Hossam Bahgat.
The Dekheila Felony Court on June 28, 2016, acquitted all former workers with Alexandria Portland Cement-Titan of charges brought against them by the company in case 23944/2015.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is extremely concerned with the increasing frequency of sectarian violence in the Minya governorate, which has been the scene of attacks and the burning of Copts’ homes in several towns.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemns the circumvention of the constitution by both the government and the House of Representatives. The constitution requires that total public spending on education, health, and scientific research to amount 10 percent of GNP.
Investigation with Judges Assem Abd al-Gabbar and Hesham Raouf, Lawyer Negad Al-Borai Must Be Closed, Crackdown on those Calling for the Rule of Law and Ending Torture Must be Halted
The undersigned human rights organizations and political parties express their deep concern about the Egyptian authorities' intention to start investigations with the two judges Assem Abd al-Gabbar and Hesham Raouf, for allegedly engaging in politics and collaborating with an outlawed institution “United Group” law firm headed by rights lawyer Negad al-Borai, who has been interrogated for six times and charged with unjust accusations that have nothing to do with the rule of law
Two years after President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took his oath of office, the country has and continues to witness a clear deterioration in the status of civil rights and liberties. It is not only the rights and liberties of individuals that have been eroded; all manner of active civic institution, from professional syndicates and independent unions to political parties, media institutions, and civil society organizations, have been harassed and abused.
Aqrab Prison: a prison for collective punishment Violation of visitation rights threatens prisoners’ safety
The Aqrab Prison has become the site of systematic violations that make it the worst prison in Egypt. Violations include medical neglect, excessive disciplinary penalties such as long-term solitary confinement, and the denial of family visits. Since family visits are often the only way for prisoners to obtain medication, winter clothing for the biting cold, adequate food, and other necessities, visitation bans lead to a number of other violations.
Yet another victim of Female Genital Cutting : Doctor Should be Prosecuted for Lethal Injury not Accidental Homicide
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights expresses its profound grief at the death of Mayar Mohammed Moussa, who died as a result of female genital cutting (FGC) operation performed by a doctor in Suez on Mayar and her twin sister. The EIPR urges prosecutors to charge the doctor with causing lethal injury rather than the usual charge of accidental homicide.
Three years of willful disregard: Egyptian government refuses to implement ruling of African Commission ordering renewed investigation of Black Wednesday case. Survivors of mass sexual assaults have no recourse to remedie
The anniversary of Black Wednesday, when in May 2005 several female demonstrators and journalists were sexually assaulted by demonstrators in support of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, comes this year as freedom of opinion, expression, and peaceful assembly have been seriously eroded.
On May 11, 2016, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), an independent mechanism of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), subordinate to the World Bank, referred a complaint against the Alexandria Portland Cement (Titan) to compliance officials. The compliance officials will determine whether IFC carried out the necessary environmental and social due diligence with Titan Cement.
Rights groups demand immediate release of participants in island demonstrations and condemn arrest of human rights defenders
The undersigned organizations strongly condemn the violent security crackdown on dozens of peaceful youth following calls to demonstrate against the Saudi-Egyptian maritime border agreement. Youth were arrested in an arbitrary, sweeping security campaign in which police forces raided the homes of young people and arrested them on the streets, in cafes, and on public transportation.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today released “Detention Without End,” a report that highlights the at least 1,464 people held in Egyptian prisons pending trial for periods that have exceeded the legal limit . Article 143 of the Code of Criminal Procedure sets a ceiling on pretrial detention of 18 months to 2 years in criminal cases.
The undersigned organizations declare their full solidarity and unconditional support for journalists, the board of the Journalists Syndicate, and its general assembly, against the flagrant assault on freedom of expression and attempts to ‘nationalize’ press freedom and intimidate and repress journalists.
Outrageous prison terms for so-called “debauchery cases” Orchestrated vice police campaign against gay and transgender people continues
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemns the shocking sentence handed down by the Agouza Misdemeanor Court on Sunday, April 24, 2016, against 11 individuals arrested in September 2015. The court sentenced them to prison terms of 3 to 12 years on charges related to “debauchery.” This incident is a continuation of the orchestrated vice police campaign against gay and transgender people.