EIPR: Total Failure of the Government’s Housing Policy to Guarantee Citizens’ Right to Adequate Housing Revealed in Budget Analysis for FY2014/2015
The Egyptian government has failed to adopt policies to support the poor’s right to adequate housing as per Article 78 of the Egyptian constitution, an analysis of FY 2014/2015’s budget has revealed.
Egypt has wasted billions from public funds over the last four decades building housing for those it has dubbed as "low-income" families through a policy that never managed to reach its target beneficiaries: those who live in inadequate housing.
Prime Minister's Decree to provide emergency medical care free of charge - A decree with no mechanisms or regulations
The undersigned organizations have followed the Prime Minister’s decree No. 1063 for the year 2014, issued last month, which obligates all hospitals, public or private, to provide emergency and trauma patients with free treatment for up to 48 hours. The cost of such an arrangement, according to the decree, is covered from the budget allocated to state-funded patient treatment.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights warned Sunday against the consequences of focusing on decreasing the budget deficit on the expense of ensuring social justice –a pattern that shows from the fiscal statement of the public budget of 2014-2015.
The undersigned rights organizations express their deep concern regarding the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s latest draft of the bill regulating non-governmental organizations, and declare it a flagrant breach of the constitution and Egypt’s international obligations. The law, if adopted, will criminalize the operation of NGOs and subordinate them to the security establishment, shutting down the public sphere in Egypt to all but regime supporters.
The undersigned civil society organizations took part in consultative talks held by the World Bank with various parties in Egypt, as it seeks to solicit opinions on Egypt’s Country Partnership Framework for 2015–19, which governs the Bank’s policies Egypt.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked by today's decision by the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court to keep the organization's transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 others behind bars, while their trial on charges of breaching the draconian protest law and other accusations including damaging property and displaying force continues.
*Masr el-Gedeida’s Prosecution Jails Protesters and Rights Defenders for 4 Days Pending Investigations Reflecting the Superficiality of Investigations in Protests’ Cases
Rights groups call for immediate investigation into the latest assaults on women-inmates in Qanater Prison … Political prisoners are subjected to violence and ill-treatment
The government must immediately put in place effective measures to protect prisoners from further abuse, said the undersigned organizations following fresh allegations of beatings and other forms of ill-treatment against women inmates at al-Qanater Prison on the 10th of June. Impartial, independent and full investigations must be conducted, and the abused prisoners must be urgently taken for forensic examinations.
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