بيانات وأخبار صحفية

8 February 2016

Egypt’s borders have become a mass jail cell for activists and rights advocates

The undersigned organizations condemn the recent arbitrary travel bans issued against several individuals involved in public life, in particular human rights defenders, the latest being rights activist Gamal Eid, the director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. The orders are effectively turning Egypt into a mass jail cell for these individuals.

7 February 2016

Journalism is not a crime: Release journalist Omar Abd al-Maqsoud and end the collective punishment of his family

Journalist Omar Abd al-Maqsoud and his two brothers Ibrahim and Anas have spent 21 months in pretrial detention since they were arrested in April 2014 because of Omar’s work as a journalist. Despite an acquittal in one case on trumped up charges of illegal assembly related to the period when they were forcibly disappeared, the brothers are still held in pretrial detention related to another case.

3 February 2016

The Matariya Police Station Slaughterhouse

The family of Adel Abd al-Sami' , today filed a complaint with the public prosecutor (no. 1398/2015/Public Prosecutor petitions) stating that Adel had been tortured to death in the Matariya police station in October 2015 and formally urged the prosecution to investigate. His family saw injuries on his body during his detention as well as injuries on the body and burns on his arms after his death.

3 February 2016

22 months in pretrial detention on charges carrying a life sentence: the penalty for a youth initiative to address the tragedy of street children in Egypt

The undersigned organizations strongly condemn the ongoing pretrial detention of Aya Hegazy, her husband Mohammed Hassanein, and five others—Sherif Talaat Mohammed, Amira Farag, Ibrahim Abd Rabbo, Karim Magdi, and Mohammed al-Sayyed Mohammed—for 650 days in connection with the Belady Foundation for Street Children. This is yet another example of the continued suppression of volunteer action and the quashing of youth and civil society initiatives.

3 February 2016

22 months in pretrial detention on charges carrying a life sentence: the penalty for a youth initiative to address the tragedy of street children in Egypt

The undersigned organizations strongly condemn the ongoing pretrial detention of Aya Hegazy, her husband Mohammed Hassanein, and five others—Sherif Talaat Mohammed, Amira Farag, Ibrahim Abd Rabbo, Karim Magdi, and Mohammed al-Sayyed Mohammed—for 650 days in connection with the Belady Foundation for Street Children. This is yet another example of the continued suppression of volunteer action and the quashing of youth and civil society initiatives.

30 January 2016

100 Days in Detention for Hisham Gaafar and Homeland Security Prosecution Renews Remand for the Seventh Time

The undersigned public figures and rights organizations are gravely concerned by the ongoing detention of writer and researcher Hisham Gaafar, the head of the board of trustees of the Mada foundation for Media Development, who has spent 100 days in detention. We demand his immediate release.

20 January 2016

EGYPT: The United Nations Working Group Declares The Detention Of Yara Sallam as arbitrary And Requests Compensation

Cairo-Geneva-Paris, January 20, 2016 – A UN expert body, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), declares the detention of human rights defender Yara Sallam, as arbitrary, and requests immediate compensation. Several human rights groups urge the Egyptian authorities to apply this Opinion in relation to the numerous similar cases of human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in application of the draconian Protest Law.

20 January 2016

EGYPT: The United Nations Working Group Declares The Detention Of Yara Sallam as arbitrary And Requests Compensation

Cairo-Geneva-Paris, January 20, 2016 – A UN expert body, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), declares the detention of human rights defender Yara Sallam, as arbitrary, and requests immediate compensation. Several human rights groups urge the Egyptian authorities to apply this Opinion in relation to the numerous similar cases of human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in application of the draconian Protest Law.

17 January 2016

Freedom for Dr. Taher Mokhtar

 The undersigned organizations demand the immediate release of Dr. Taher Mokhtar, member of the freedom committee at the Egyptian doctors' syndicate after security forces raided his residence on Thursday the 14th of January and arrested him and two friends who were present in the flat.

11 January 2016

Lawsuit against Titan Cement Factory in Alexandria for using coal

Community members of Wadi el-Qamar in Alexandria filed a lawsuit against Alexandria Portland Cement Factory (Titan) because the factory operating in the heart of a large residential area uses coal for fuel, which aggravates the already existing environmental pollution from cement dust. This indeed intensifies health and environment problems that have a toll on the area.

9 January 2016

Nine Issues To Anchor Democracy And The Rule Of Law

After more than two years without a legislature, the Egyptian parliament is finally preparing to exercise its legislative and oversight authority amid numerous complex political and economic challenges. This requires the parliament to prioritize the restoration of and support for the foundations of the rule of law and abide by constitutional provisions, to ensure these challenges can be effectively confronted.

29 December 2015

EIPR Concerned With The Court Verdict Against Islam el-Beheiry

Egyptian Initiative of Personal Rights is deeply concerned with the court verdict issued yesterday by the court of misdemeanor appeal sentencing the researcher and TV reporter Islam el-Behiry to one year of imprisonment on charges of contempt of the religion of Islam. EIPR urged the public prosecutor to suspend the execution until the challenge against the verdict is settled.

20 December 2015

Rights Organizations To Call For Supporting The Victims Of The Media Intrusion In Private Life Of The Citizens, And For Stopping Such Shameful Conduct

The undersigned express their apprehension at broadcasting a program on Monday 14 Dec. 2015 by Sada el-Balad satellite channel presented by the reporter Ahmad Moussa. In this episode, Moussa broadcast video spots from the private life of one of the public figures, demanding that he explains his position and that he addresses the public indicating whether such images are truly of him or otherwise.

10 December 2015

On Human Rights Day: Torture - Not An Isolated Incident

On Human Rights Day, the undersigned organizations condemn increasing violations by the Ministry of Interior in a manner that indicates they have been given free reign to abuse citizens using extralegal practices such as torture, enforced disappearance, and other arbitrary measures and systematic infringements of citizens’ fundamental rights and liberties, which have recently led to several deaths in places of detention.

10 December 2015

EIPR Criticizes Justice Minister Decree Requiring Foreign Men To Pay LE50,000 When Marrying Much Younger Egyptian Women

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights criticized Minister of Justice Decree 9200/2015 amending the implementing regulations of Law 68/1947 on documentation. Article 1 of the amendments requires foreign men marrying Egyptian women to provide LE50,000 in investment certificates in the wife’s name, drawn on the National Bank, if the age difference between the prospective couple exceeds 25 years.

2 December 2015

Release Ismail Alexandrani and All Prisoners Of Conscience; Societies Are Built with Freedom

The undersigned organizations strongly condemn the detention of researcher and journalist Ismail Alexandrani, upon his return to Egypt from Germany on Sunday, November 29, at 2 pm at the Hurghada airport, which constitutes a violation and restriction of his freedom. We demand his immediate, unconditional release and hold the authorities responsible for his safe return to his family.

25 November 2015

Two Years After Adoption: President Must Repeal Unfair Protest Law and Immediately Release Thousands of Innocents

The undersigned organizations deplore the prosecution and detention of tens of thousands of people for exercising their right to peaceful protest and assembly or for simply being in the area of such protests, in the wake of the adoption on November 24, 2013 of the law regulating public assemblies, processions, and peaceful demonstrations in public places, known as the protest law.

12 November 2015

Court of Administrative Justice upholds Yara Sallam’s right to vote and exercise her political rights

The Court of Administrative Justice has affirmed the right of Yara Sallam, a staff member at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, to exercise her political rights and be included on the voters' lists. The court ruled that her conviction for participating in an unlicensed does not preclude the exercise of her political rights.

9 November 2015

Release Hossam Bahgat immediately... Bahgat is detained incommunicado at an unknown location

Joint statement by the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organisations 

1 September 2015

Latest Counterterrorism Law Encourages Extrajudicial Killing and Cements Impunity

On Tuesday morning, 24 August, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a detailed legal commentary on Law 94/2015 on the suppression of terrorism, issued by decree of the president on 15 August 2015.