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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joint statement by the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organisations
Joint Statement from Parties, Institutions, Rights Organizations, and Public Figures on the Proposed Counterterrorism Law
New call from national and international rights groups on the need to ensure accountability for the U.S. CIA Torture Program
29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council – June 15 - July 3, 2015
Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue
A confused step in the right direction: Commentary on the National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights welcomes the release of the National Strategy to Combat Violence against women, a demand long voiced by numerous rights and feminist organizations and grassroots initiatives against all forms of sexual violence and exploitation.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), a British judicial body that hears complaints about surveillance by government bodies, determined on June 22, 2015 that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), had spied on two non-governmental organizations, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the South Africa Legal Resources Center (LRC) in a manner that was in breach of their own rules and procedures regulating spying and communications surveillance.
“Whose Customs? The Role of Customary Reconciliation in Sectarian Disputes and State Responsibility”
In a press conference today, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a study on the use of customary reconciliation to resolve sectarian disputes and the state’s responsibility for the violation of citizenship rights and its support for discriminatory procedures against Coptic citizens.
Within the ongoing security campaign of security forces led by the ministry of Interior with the aim of restricting activities of youth groups and persecuting them to force them to abandon their role on exposing human rights violations in Egypt since the 30th of June, as well as exercising their constitutional and legal rights to freedom of expression and gathering, a security force from the artistic productions investigation, Saturday evening, the 20th of May 2015, raided the office of the print house owned by Hassan M
This year, on the occasion of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, we join in extending our condolences to the global Armenian community for the mass extermination campaign against them in 1915, which is commemorated annually on April 24th. We call on President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu to recognize the genocide and the responsibility of Turkey’s predecessor government for the terrible crimes against the Armenian community.
Comment on latest Sectarian Attacks in Minya EIPR Condemns Security Approach to Sectarian Attacks and Urges Facilitation of the Construction and Renovation of Churches
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights monitored with growing concern the sectarian attacks and security abuses seen in the Minya governorate over the past few days, which came against the backdrop of worship services held at a licensed church and the reconstruction and expansion of another church. The EIPR warns that such tensions are likely to recur as long as the same security approach persists.
The undersigned organizations condemn the passing of Law 8/2015 regulating designated terrorist and terrorism lists, issued by President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi in his capacity as head of the executive and legislative authorities. The law preserves the same catastrophic legal provisions found in a previous bill drafted by the Legislative Reform Committee, also adding several overly broad terms in its definition of terrorist entities.
Gasser Abdel Razeq has assumed the position of the Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR, Sunday, succeeding Khaled Mansour who held the position since the end of 2013.
Mr. Abdel Razeq is the third Executive Director of EIPR –founded in 2002 by Hosam Bahgat who directed it until 2013.
EIPR Asks the Gov. To Stop Pursuing Individuals For Personal Practices and To Make Amends To The Suspects In The Case of “Al-Bahr” Bathhouse
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomed the acquittal of the suspects in al-Bahr bathhouse case, and called on the government to stop pursuing people based on their sexual orientation, or what is believed to be their sexual identity.
Introduction: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today said Egypt’s worst human rights crisis in decades has continued unabated in 2014 with massive and systematic violations of basic rights and freedoms despite starting the year with a promising new constitution.
Under the title “Licensing Prayers: The crisis of places of worship in Egypt”, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a position paper presenting a more comprehensive view on this crisis, far from restricting such to the issue of lacking laws governing the construction of worship buildings.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemned in a statement Saturday the circumstances and procedures followed when on 7 December 2014 the police arrested 26 people in a public bathhouse in the Ramsis area of Cairo on charges of engaging in “perversion.” EIPR called for a fair trial for the defendants, whose case will begin before a Cairo court tomorrow, Sunday.