Gasser Abdel Razeq has assumed the position of the Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR, Sunday, succeeding Khaled Mansour who held the position since the end of 2013.
Mr. Abdel Razeq is the third Executive Director of EIPR –founded in 2002 by Hosam Bahgat who directed it until 2013.
EIPR Asks the Gov. To Stop Pursuing Individuals For Personal Practices and To Make Amends To The Suspects In The Case of “Al-Bahr” Bathhouse
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomed the acquittal of the suspects in al-Bahr bathhouse case, and called on the government to stop pursuing people based on their sexual orientation, or what is believed to be their sexual identity.
Introduction: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today said Egypt’s worst human rights crisis in decades has continued unabated in 2014 with massive and systematic violations of basic rights and freedoms despite starting the year with a promising new constitution.
Under the title “Licensing Prayers: The crisis of places of worship in Egypt”, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a position paper presenting a more comprehensive view on this crisis, far from restricting such to the issue of lacking laws governing the construction of worship buildings.
A wasted golden opportunity to achieve justice in public funds cases
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemned in a statement Saturday the circumstances and procedures followed when on 7 December 2014 the police arrested 26 people in a public bathhouse in the Ramsis area of Cairo on charges of engaging in “perversion.” EIPR called for a fair trial for the defendants, whose case will begin before a Cairo court tomorrow, Sunday.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today urged the government to end the climate of suspicion and threats currently characterizing its relationship with independent human rights organizations.
The Absence of Transparency: An Economic Cost and An Infringement on Citizens’ Constitutional Rights
The public budget, with both revenues and expenditures, is the mirror reflecting the government’s social and economic biases and the choices governments make for the citizenry. It is thus the most fundamental, important expression of the political and economic preferences of the political regime.
The latest changes to the Code of Criminal Procedures in Egypt passed into law by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in November offer incremental improvements, but no magic bullet to fix Egypt's deeply flawed criminal justice system.
Since the 1950s and to the present day, Egyptian governments have sponsored subsidized housing projects for limited-income Egyptians. These various projects go by many names, from popular housing, to economic housing, housing for youth and the future, and most recently social housing; one project carried the name of deposed former president Hosni Mubarak.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomes the publication of some of the findings and recommendations of the Fact-Finding Commission for the events of June 30, and calls on the government to create a follow-up mechanism to implement its recommendations including instituting necessary legal and institutional reforms to guarantee non-repetition of gross human rights violations.
Justice was dealt another severe blow, said the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) following today's ruling by the Cairo Criminal Court dismissing the case against Mubarak and acquitting former interior minister Habib el-Adly and six of his aides in their retrial over the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 25 January Revolution.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) demands the opening of an immediate, independent investigation into the incident of the attack against 4 fishing boats in Damietta on Tuesday, November 11. The incident is engulfed in ambiguity and lack of information particularly regarding the fate of 7 out of 32 fishermen who were arrested during the events.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and its partners in the patients’ rights project announce the beginning of phase two of the project: the community-wide drafting of a patients’ rights charter in Egypt.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights welcomes the cooperation of the Alexandria governorate in finding a solution to the crisis of street vendors that will preserve the sellers’ sole livelihood by building kiosks in the environs of Masr Station, instead of arbitrarily moving them to another location, as was the case in Cairo, without consideration for compromise solutions that balance the vendors’ constitutional right to work and the government’s regulatory duties.
The undersigned organizations call on the Ministry of Social Solidarity to engage in a serious, transparent dialogue on the role of civil society organizations in Egypt and the government’s fears and apprehensions about these groups. Rights groups have nothing to hide or avoid in such a dialogue.
Supreme Health Council: an EIPR Proposal To Reform The Health System In Cooperation With The Ministry Of Health and Population
In early 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) submitted a proposal to the government to reconstitute, develop, and animate the Supreme Council for Health Services, established by Republican Decree 61/1966 and amended in 1978 and 1993.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights will be sending live updates from the UN Human Rights’ Council today, 5th of November, to cover Egypt’s Periodic Review session in which a number of countries will be allowed to ask Egypt questions about the condition of human rights in the country, and give recommendation for improvements.
Last month, the government announced a new strategic plan to address hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Egypt, which claims the lives of thousands of Egyptians every year. The announcement was accompanied with a celebration of a deal with the pharmaceutical giant, Gilead, which would provide the Egyptian government with a new revolutionary treatment for HCV costing $300 per box.
As a Result of a Direct Threat to their Work: Egyptian Human Rights Organizations Have Decided Not to Participate in Egypt’s UPR before the UN
The review of Egypt’s human rights record over the past four years will begin this week as part of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.