بيانات وأخبار صحفية

24 November 2013

Despite widespread objections, government insists on passing a law "preventing" peaceful assembly, and refers for Presidential ratification

The undersigned organizations deplore attempts made by the interim government to pass a law on the "regulation of the right to hold public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations in public places".

24 November 2013

Despite widespread objections, government insists on passing a law "preventing" peaceful assembly, and refers for Presidential ratification

The undersigned organizations deplore attempts made by the interim government to pass a law on the “regulation of the right to hold public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations in public places”. They call upon the interim President not to promulgate this law as it contains the same core problems figuring in an earlier version that stirred up widespread criticism from the undersigned human rights organizations in a previous statement.

21 November 2013

Egyptian NGOs concerned about government's proposals for coal as an alternative source of energy: Ongoing depletion of natural and human resources to increase investors’ profits

The undersigned organizations are extremely concerned about Minister of Industry and Trade Mounir Fakhri Abd al-Nour’s promotion of coal as an alternative to natural gas in cement and ceramic factories. This move would benefit a minority of investors seeking the highest profits possible without regard for the economic, health and environmental damage sustained by current and future generations.

10 November 2013

Third conviction of journalist in military court in less than a month: Reuters journalist Mohamed Sabry given six-month suspended sentence for doing his job

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemns the six-month suspended prison sentence handed down to journalist Mohamed Sabry yesterday, 3 November 2013, by the North Sinai Misdemeanor Military Court. Sabry’s sentencing was postponed ten times since his trial ended in January.

10 November 2013

EIPR files complaint with Public Prosecutor asking for investigation into the Qanater incident: Shaker died in the Qanater police station and his uncle killed when fired on as he waited for his nephew’s body

On 2 November 2013, the EIPR filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor asking for a speedy investigation into the death of Shaker Mohamed Shaker in the Qanater police station. The station chief failed to execute an order from the Public Solicitor to provide healthcare to the deceased, who died on 23 September when his health condition deteriorated.

10 November 2013

EIPR and AFTE condemn the arrest of 21 women in Alexandria: repressive practices no different from prior to the January 25th revolution

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression condemned the arrest of 21 women ages 15 to 22, among them 12 minors, who formed a human chain on the Alexandria corniche on Thursday morning. They were detained for 15 days pending investigation and their lawyers’ appeal of the remand order was denied.

7 November 2013

Rights Organizations Warn that New Counter-Terrorism Law would Re-Establish Foundations of Police State and Intensify Violence and Terrorism

The undersigned rights organizations call upon the Egyptian cabinet to reject the counter-terrorism bill that was recently presented by the Interior Ministry.

7 October 2013

EIPR launches legal action against Sudan for violations arising from the construction of the Merowe and Kajbar dams

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has decided to be seized of a case initiated by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) against Sudan following its failure to address violations arising from the construction of the Merowe and Kajbar dams. The case, brought to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights alleges violations of several articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to which Sudan is a signatory.

11 September 2013

EIPR issues report on Defamation of Religion Cases in Two Years of the Revolution

In a press conference held today, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a new report, “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 controversial religious issues post 25 January revolution, under both the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and ousted president Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Franciscan Sisters School Burns, Beni Soueif, 14 August 2013
25 August 2013

Unprecedented spike in scale of sectarian violence and reprisals against Copts; interim president and prime minister must protect Egyptians’ lives and property and their houses of worship

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today renewed its warnings about the gravity of the wave of sectarian violence that has swept Egypt over the last few weeks and took a more severe turn with the dispersal of the sit-ins of supporters of the former president in Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda Squares.

21 August 2013

Mubarak's Trials and Legal Status Q&A

Q: What were the charges against Mubarak?

A: The Public Prosecution has leveled official charges at Mubarak and others in four cases so far:

15 August 2013

Joint Press Release: Non-peaceful assembly does not justify collective punishment - Rights groups condemn lethal violence against those in sit-in and terrorist acts of the Muslim Brotherhood

The undersigned rights organizations condemn the use of excessive force yesterday by the security authorities when dispersing the sit-in by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its supporters at Rabia al-Adawiya Square in the Cairo governorate and Nahda Square in Giza. The action left hundreds dead and thousands seriously injured, as well as dozens of bodies torched in still unexplained circumstances.

12 August 2013

Public Prosecution must investigate criminal failure of the police to protect the lives of demonstrators; more than 165 killed in civil clashes in 16 governorates in July

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today asked the public prosecutor to open an independent, urgent investigation into the failure of the security forces to assume their legal duty to secure demonstrations and protect the lives of demonstrators and others.

7 August 2013

Islamist Groups Must Stop Inciting to Sectarian Violence; Protection of Christians Responsibility of the State

The undersigned organizations express their grave concern regarding the increasing sectarian violence which has targeted Christians and their churches since the uprising of June 30.  These organizations strongly condemn the rhetoric employed by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies which includes clear incitement to violence and religious hatred in order to achieve political gains, regardless of the grave repercussions of such rhetoric for peace in Egypt.

29 July 2013

Rights groups demand dismissal of interior minister, call on Muslim Brotherhood to refrain from violence and turn over those responsible

The undersigned organizations are severely alarmed by the massacre that took place on the Nasr Road in Cairo at dawn on Saturday, July 27, after police forces attacked demonstrators supporting the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The attack left 80 dead according to official reports, while the Brotherhood estimated the casualties at 120.

15 July 2013

Sectarian incitement and attacks, 30 June to 9 July, 2013

Nagaa Hassan, Luxor governorate

15 July 2013

Wave of attacks on Copts and churches: EIPR: authorities must take immediate action to protect citizens and houses of worship, bring perpetrators and inciters to justice

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) today warned about the gravity of sectarian violence and incitement seen in several governorates since the massive demonstrations and marches of 30 June. The way that state agencies, particularly the security apparatus, have dealt with these attacks is disturbing.

9 July 2013

Impartial investigation necessary before Egypt spirals into violence

The undersigned organizations express their deep regret and strong condemnation of the excessive force used by army and security forces against supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi who were staging a sit-in in front of the premises of the Republican Guard. This violence left at least 51 dead and over 400 injured, according to official statements from the Ministry of Health.


27 June 2013

One year into Mohamed Morsi’s term: Manifold abuses and the systematic undermining of the rule of law

The undersigned organizations regret to announce that the status of human rights in Egypt has deteriorated alarmingly in the one year since the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) took control of the institutions of governance and became the primary party responsible for the deteriorating status of human rights in Egypt, particularly after the President Mohamed Morsi - who is backed by the MB - ended the dual power structure in place following the elections by revoking the authorities of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to admi