بيانات وأخبار صحفية

16 June 2014

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

16 June 2014

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

15 June 2014

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.

12 June 2014

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.

12 June 2014

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.
 

10 June 2014

Save Mohamed Soltan's life

In preventive detention and on hunger strike since 26 January 2014

7 June 2014

Why do buildings collapse in Egypt?

EIPR launches preliminary findings on the building collapse phenomena through interactive website

22 May 2014

The government must put an end to enforced disappearances and torture in al-Azouly Military Prison

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.

22 May 2014

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.

22 May 2014

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.

22 May 2014

To Anchor the Rule of law - 10 Demands on the Next President Concerning Human Rights

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.

30 April 2014

Al-Minya Mass Death Penalty: Wasted Justice and Mockery of Defendants Rights

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.

10 April 2014

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.

9 April 2014

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.

24 March 2014

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.

23 March 2014

The Mob Sexual Assault at Cairo University – another episode in the government’s failure to protect women’s bodies; Authorities espouse victim-blaming narrative

The undersigned groups and organizations declare their condemnation of the incident of mob sexual assault that took place inside the Cairo University campus on Sunday, March 16, 2014.A group of students from the Faculty of Law followed a female student verbally and physically assaulting her. She was able to escape before they succeeded in stripping her clothes off.

20 March 2014

Four years after Egypt’s first UPR: The Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights NGOs Submits Its Report on Human Rights in Egypt to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review

The Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights NGOs, which is made up of 19 rights organizations, presented to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights its report on the situation of human rights in Egypt over the last four years.

18 March 2014

Rights experts and institutions demand political empowerment for the disabled

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on Thursday, 13 March 2014, hosted a roundtable discussion of a paper prepared by Houqouqi for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities about political rights for the disabled in the amendments to the political rights law being drafted by the presidency. Several associations, rights groups and experts active in disability issues attended the discussion; they agreed to address interim president Adly Mansour immediately to explain their demands.