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.
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.
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
Rights groups call for an investigation into torture allegations of detained minors at the Kom Al-Dikka care facility and their arbitrary transfer to the Marg juvenile penal institution
- 48 detained school students – age ranging between 14 and17 – subjected to torture
- Authorities must stop breaking the law by transferring minors in pretrial detention to penal institutions
The undersigned organizations callfor a serious, independent and full investigation into allegations that detained minors were tortured and illtreated by security forces in a juvenile care facility
EIPR issues new study on economic growth and poverty in Egypt, 2001–2013: From accelerated growth accompanied by increasing poverty to sluggish growth with effects borne by the poor
*A development policy that does not prioritize combating poverty will fail in the long- run
*GDP growth is not an indication of declining poverty rates
New law stiffens penalties for preaching without license: ongoing restriction of freedom of religion without countering incitement to violence and discrimination
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is concerned by recently issued Law 51/2014 regulating sermons and religious lessons in mosques, seeing in it a continuation of policies designed to curb freedom of religion and enforce a legal monopoly on the right to express opinions about Islam as the official religion, except within the bounds sanctioned by the official religious authorities, which are part of the Egyptian state.
Joint Press Release: Sentencing Activists for 15 years in Absentia confirms our concerns regarding the right to free and fair trials and the independence of the judiciary
The harsh sentence handed down yesterday in absentia by the Cairo Criminal Court against Alaa Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Wael Metwally and 22 others is another severe violation of the basic right to a fair trial adding to the dismal human rights situation in Egypt, said the undersigned organizations.
After failing to attain justice domestically for more than two years: The African Commission accepts complaint brought by families of those killed and injured in Cabinet Offices clashes case
In the first case dealing with the deaths of protesters in events related to the January 25th uprising, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights decided to consider a complaint submitted by the families of several individuals killed and injured during the Cabinet Offices clashes in December 2011.
In preventive detention and on hunger strike since 26 January 2014
The Mob-sexual Assaults and Gang Rapes in Tahrir Square During the Celebrations of the Inauguration of the New Egyptian President is Sufficient Proof for the Inefficiency of the Recent Legal Amendments to Combat these Crimes
At Least 9 Cases of Mob-Sexual Assault and Gang Rapes with Sharp Objects and Fingers this Week
EIPR launches preliminary findings on the building collapse phenomena through interactive website
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture are extremely concerned by the increase in reported cases of enforced disappearance and torture targeting individuals suspected by the authorities of terrorism-related offenses.
Confirmation of the Verdict against Mahienour El-Massry: A New Episode in the Series of Incarcerating Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)…The Verdict Must be Renunciated and the Law Needs to be Revised
The undersigned organizations and groups denounce the continuity of issuing judicial verdicts against Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) according to the violation of the Protest and Public Assembly Law, and call for the renunciation of the verdict against activist Maheinour El-Massry and revision of the faulty law itself and the verdicts issued on its basis against a large number of civilians.
Security Forces Raid The Egyptian Center For Economic And Social Rights, Alexandria Branch, And Sexually Harass Females
The undersigned organizations condemn the security forces storming of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, Alexandria Branch, and note that such attack is an expected escalation, amidst the growing incitement in the media, and defamation campaigns, which have been targeting human rights organizations and human rights defenders in Egypt.
The undersigned organizations reiterated today that bringing political stability to Egypt requires the coming president to adopt a political and economic program that makes it a priority to restore and support the rule of law in a state that respects human rights and public liberties.
The undersigned civil society organizations are deeply concerned about the retrial of 37 men sentenced to death and 492 to life imprisonment by Al-Minya Criminal Court, on 28 April for their alleged involvement in Matay's police station violence events and the referral of 683 defendants to the Grand Mufti for his advisory opinion on the imposition of the death penalty in relation to Adwa's police station violence events.
Discrimination against the poor and support for the undeserving: EIPR analysis of the new conditions for the Social Housing Programme
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued the first in a series of short studies on the public housing programmes. The study analyses the new conditions for the allocation of subsidized housing units from the Ministry of Housing’s Social Housing Programme (SHP), which is also known as the million-unit project. These conditions also form part of a new social housing law, ratified last March.
Following Cabinet approval for the use of Coal to generate energy, Civil society: It will not solve problem, will increase current burdens and will eliminate opportunities for future development
The undersigned civil society organizations declared their profound disappointment by the Cabinet’s decision to include Coal as part of Egypt’s energy mix. The organizations warned that this decision, which contravenes constitutional directives on sustainable development, will have serious repercussions for Egyptians’ health, the economy and future generations’ right to development, and they declared their intent to resist the decision and work toward its revocation.
The European Commission confirms the freezing of four bank accounts related to Gamal Mubarak in Cyprus
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and The Corner House received a letter from the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instrument confirming the freezing of four bank accounts linked to a Gamal Mubarak co-owned company in Cyprus named Bullion Co. ltd.