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.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today urged the government to end the climate of suspicion and threats currently characterizing its relationship with independent human rights organizations.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomes the publication of some of the findings and recommendations of the Fact-Finding Commission for the events of June 30, and calls on the government to create a follow-up mechanism to implement its recommendations including instituting necessary legal and institutional reforms to guarantee non-repetition of gross human rights violations.
The undersigned organizations call on the Ministry of Social Solidarity to engage in a serious, transparent dialogue on the role of civil society organizations in Egypt and the government’s fears and apprehensions about these groups. Rights groups have nothing to hide or avoid in such a dialogue.
As a Result of a Direct Threat to their Work: Egyptian Human Rights Organizations Have Decided Not to Participate in Egypt’s UPR before the UN
The review of Egypt’s human rights record over the past four years will begin this week as part of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.
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 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.
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.
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 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.