From Civil Society Groups to the UN: 100 Recommendations for the Egyptian Government on 12 Rights Issues Involving Violations in Law and Practice
The Universal Periodic Review of member states’ rights records before the UN Human Rights Council ends with the state under review announcing a commitment to a set of recommendations to improve the status of human rights and meet the demands of its citizens.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is deeply concerned about an imminent social catastrophe that could displace some 5,000 families out of their homes in rural Muntazah, located in the Alexandria governorate, following action taken by the Endowment Authority to expel them from agricultural land in their possession and convert the land into real estate investment projects.
The undersigned organizations express their extreme concern regarding the presidential decree, issued this week, which subjects the security and protection of a large number of public and vital establishments to the mandate of military facilities. This decree expands the jurisdiction of military courts and as such seriously jeopardizes citizens’ right to fair trials and further aggravates the current crisis of the Egyptian justice system.
19 Rights Organizations Declare: A Dramatic Deterioration in the Status of Human Rights in Egypt over the Past Four Years
In preparation for Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN, scheduled for November 5, the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations (the Forum), comprised of 19 organizations, published a joint report on the status of human rights in Egypt over the past four years. The report was sent to the UN Human Rights Council in March, the deadline for the submission of governmental and independent reports to be discussed during the UPR.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked and outraged by the sentence against its transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 of her co-defendants to three years in prison for allegedly participating in a political march.
Over the last few years, the term ‘civil society’ has raised much controversy starting with the basic question of the importance of civil society to begin with, and culminating in accusations of treason.
The undersigned organizations express grave concern regarding the hostile climate within which lawyers, particularly those representing political prisoners, are forced to operate.
Located in Wadi al-Qamar in western Alexandria, Titan Cement, established in 1948, is financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group, which specializes in private-sector finance.
At midnight of Tuesday the 16th of September, Egyptian security forces dragged dozens of Coptic Christians in an Upper Egypt village out of their beds, tied their hands behind their backs and beat them while raiding their houses, according to testimonies collected by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
In a sudden move by the state to mark Farmers Day, a law was issued by presidential decree number 127 for 2014 to institute health insurance for farmers who have no insurance protection under any other law.
In its Commentary on the Bylaws for the Election of the Coptic Orthodox Pope Released by the Church, EIPR Asks for an Interpretation of Article 3 of the Constitution to Avoid the Adoption of a Flagrantly Discriminatory Statute
For the first time in decades, the revolution of 25 January began to liberate Copts from the tutelage of the church, allowing them to act as citizens with equal rights and duties through various civil society organizations, political parties, trade unions, and civic associations.
A group of women judges and lawyers from Arab countries sent a letter to Justice Hamed Abdullah, the head of the Egyptian Supreme Judicial Council, on the10th of September to express their grave concern about the detention of Yara Sallam, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
EIPR Launches “Starving for Justice”, a Campaign to Support the Rights of Hunger Strikers in Egyptian Prisons
Desperation seems to have struck with thousands of political prisoners, punished for their political choices, forced to witness and experience gross human rights violations in detention facilities, and denied access to fair trials.
Prior to the revolution of January 25, Egypt was in a state of increasing political and social distress. Though this spurred ever more frequent economic, social, and political strikes and demonstrations, the state made no serious attempt to address the issue.
The Ministry of Interior’s proposed changes to prisons’ legislation, according to state media, are disappointing and far off from meeting Egyptian constitutional guarantees and the UN minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, said the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in a commentary released Wednesday.
In a Comment on Protest Law, EIPR Demands Immediate Repeal of Law and Urges Courts to Refrain from Enforcing its Provisions
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights demanded the immediate repeal of the protest law as unconstitutional. It also urged courts to refrain from enforcing the law’s provisions, in a paper released today titled “A Law to Silence,” which offers commentary on the constitutionality of the law.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a research paper Monday titled, “How to Use Our Looted Assets: Best Policies for Managing Recovered Assets.” The objective is to multiply the social and economic benefits of these assets in a way that achieves a measure of justice for those groups most harmed by the corruption.
English version of EIPR’s “Defamation of Religion Cases in Two Years of the Revolution” now available
A report that chronicles and analyzes cases of defamation of religion between 2011 and 2013 is now available in English under the title of “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 controv
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today welcomed the acquittal earlier this week of ten people who had been detained in political demonstrations earlier this year in Alexandria.