بيانات وأخبار صحفية

30 June 2014

EIPR shocked by continued detention of 23 defendants including an awarded human rights defender

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.

23 June 2014

Rights Groups: Fabricating Charges for Peaceful Protesters and Rights Defenders Continues

*Masr el-Gedeida’s Prosecution Jails Protesters and Rights Defenders for 4 Days Pending Investigations Reflecting the Superficiality of Investigations in Protests’ Cases

19 June 2014

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.

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

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.

10 June 2014

Save Mohamed Soltan's life

In preventive detention and on hunger strike since 26 January 2014

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

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.

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.

4 March 2014

EIPR Announces a new Board of Trustees

Cairo, 4 March—The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) today announced the formation of new board of trustees to strengthen institutional governance and ensure that this leading human rights organization works more effectively to defend civil and political rights as well as social and economic justice in Egypt.

26 February 2014

An Egyptian Shiite sentenced to five years in prison: EIPR criticizes ongoing security harassment and prosecution of Shia and demands legal guarantees for religious liberties

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is deeply concerned by a judgment issued by the Gamaliya Misdemeanor Court on 26 February, sentencing Amr Abdullah, an Egyptian Shiite, to five years in prison with labor on charges of blasphemy and defaming the prophet Mohamed’s companions, pursuant to Article 98(f) of the Penal Code.

24 February 2014

On the occasion of the 20-year ICPD review, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issues a new report “Reclaiming and Redefining Rights”. The Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

On Sunday February 23, 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights held an event to launch its new report, entitled “Reclaiming and Redefining Rights: ICPD+20 Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Middle East and North Africa”. The launch was attended by a number of UN bodies’ representatives in Cairo and civil society practitioners. Dr. Nahla Abd El-Tawab, the Population Council Country officer and Dr. Hala El-Damanhoury, a reproductive health consultant, were keynote speakers.

31 December 2013

Egyptian rights organizations demand an immediate investigation into eavesdropping and illegal recordings

Cairo (31 December 2013) -- Egyptian rights organization today filed a formal request with the Attorney General demanding an immediate investigation into the broadcasting of private telephone conversations by a TV talk show host. Earlier this week, the host, Abdel Raheem Ali, who presents a programme, called ‘Black Box’ on Al-Kahira Wal Nas TV channel, aired private telephone conversations of political activists Mohamed Adel and Ahmad Maher.

18 December 2013

Comment on the final draft of the constitution: Despite some improvements, EIPR finds that the 2013 constitution falls short of expectations

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights released a detailed comment on the draft constitution, issued by the Fifty-member committee (the 2013 constitution), which will be put to a public referendum in mid-January 2014.

24 November 2013

Despite widespread objections, government insists on passing a law "preventing" peaceful assembly, and refers for Presidential ratification

The undersigned organizations deplore attempts made by the interim government to pass a law on the "regulation of the right to hold public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations in public places".

24 November 2013

Despite widespread objections, government insists on passing a law "preventing" peaceful assembly, and refers for Presidential ratification

The undersigned organizations deplore attempts made by the interim government to pass a law on the “regulation of the right to hold public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations in public places”. They call upon the interim President not to promulgate this law as it contains the same core problems figuring in an earlier version that stirred up widespread criticism from the undersigned human rights organizations in a previous statement.