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.
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.
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.
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.
Q: What were the charges against Mubarak?
A: The Public Prosecution has leveled official charges at Mubarak and others in four cases so far:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nagaa Hassan, Luxor governorate
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.
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.
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
Egyptian rights organizations strongly warn against the direction of the Egyptian government towards the use of coal
The Egyptian government recently announced its intent for importing coal as an alternative source of energy, and has taken this decision without consulting with any of the relevant stakeholders.
After sentencing Demiana Abdelnour with a 100 thousand pounds fine Religion defamation claims have become a weapon for the oppression of religious minorities
The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemn the ruling by Luxor court of misdemeanor to fine Coptic teacher Demiana Abdelnour a sum of 100 thousand Egyptian pounds, while referring the civil component of the claim to the respective civil court in case no. 1647/2013 filed by the public prosecution.
17 organizations and five academic centers issue a set of Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information
Today, 17 organizations and five academic centres, working in all parts of the world issued a set of Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
Joint Press Release: 20 Egyptian organizations in solidarity with the NGO workers sentenced to prison: Politically motivated case a fatal blow to freedom of expression and association
The undersigned Egyptian rights organizations condemn in the strongest terms the verdict issued on June 4 by the Cairo Criminal Court which convicted 43 staff members of international NGOs in the so-called “foreign funding case.” The defendants, who include nationals from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, the US, Germany, Serbia, and Norway, received prison terms ranging from one to five years and were each fined LE1,000.
“Illusions Dispelled” EIPR report sheds light on the failure of post revolution economic policies: respective governments never deviated from Mubarak’s economic legacy
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a report, “The Illusion Dispelled – Egypt's Economic Crisis: Causes - Alternatives - Remedies”, which assesses the economic performance of the successive post-revolution governments, criticizing them for their failure to create a new economic reality. Instead, their botched policies have only contributed to the economic decline.