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.
Third conviction of journalist in military court in less than a month: Reuters journalist Mohamed Sabry given six-month suspended sentence for doing his job
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemns the six-month suspended prison sentence handed down to journalist Mohamed Sabry yesterday, 3 November 2013, by the North Sinai Misdemeanor Military Court. Sabry’s sentencing was postponed ten times since his trial ended in January.
EIPR and AFTE condemn the arrest of 21 women in Alexandria: repressive practices no different from prior to the January 25th revolution
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression condemned the arrest of 21 women ages 15 to 22, among them 12 minors, who formed a human chain on the Alexandria corniche on Thursday morning. They were detained for 15 days pending investigation and their lawyers’ appeal of the remand order was denied.
Rights Organizations Warn that New Counter-Terrorism Law would Re-Establish Foundations of Police State and Intensify Violence and Terrorism
The undersigned rights organizations call upon the Egyptian cabinet to reject the counter-terrorism bill that was recently presented by the Interior Ministry.
In a press conference held today, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a new report, “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 controversial religious issues post 25 January revolution, under both the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and ousted president Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Unprecedented spike in scale of sectarian violence and reprisals against Copts; interim president and prime minister must protect Egyptians’ lives and property and their houses of worship
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today renewed its warnings about the gravity of the wave of sectarian violence that has swept Egypt over the last few weeks and took a more severe turn with the dispersal of the sit-ins of supporters of the former president in Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda Squares.
Joint Press Release: Non-peaceful assembly does not justify collective punishment - Rights groups condemn lethal violence against those in sit-in and terrorist acts of the Muslim Brotherhood
The undersigned rights organizations condemn the use of excessive force yesterday by the security authorities when dispersing the sit-in by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its supporters at Rabia al-Adawiya Square in the Cairo governorate and Nahda Square in Giza. The action left hundreds dead and thousands seriously injured, as well as dozens of bodies torched in still unexplained circumstances.
Islamist Groups Must Stop Inciting to Sectarian Violence; Protection of Christians Responsibility of the State
The undersigned organizations express their grave concern regarding the increasing sectarian violence which has targeted Christians and their churches since the uprising of June 30. These organizations strongly condemn the rhetoric employed by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies which includes clear incitement to violence and religious hatred in order to achieve political gains, regardless of the grave repercussions of such rhetoric for peace in Egypt.
Wave of attacks on Copts and churches: EIPR: authorities must take immediate action to protect citizens and houses of worship, bring perpetrators and inciters to justice
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) today warned about the gravity of sectarian violence and incitement seen in several governorates since the massive demonstrations and marches of 30 June. The way that state agencies, particularly the security apparatus, have dealt with these attacks is disturbing.
One year into Mohamed Morsi’s term: Manifold abuses and the systematic undermining of the rule of law
The undersigned organizations regret to announce that the status of human rights in Egypt has deteriorated alarmingly in the one year since the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) took control of the institutions of governance and became the primary party responsible for the deteriorating status of human rights in Egypt, particularly after the President Mohamed Morsi - who is backed by the MB - ended the dual power structure in place following the elections by revoking the authorities of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to admi
17 organizations and five academic centers issue a set of Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information
Today, 17 organizations and five academic centres, working in all parts of the world issued a set of Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
Joint Press Release: 20 Egyptian organizations in solidarity with the NGO workers sentenced to prison: Politically motivated case a fatal blow to freedom of expression and association
The undersigned Egyptian rights organizations condemn in the strongest terms the verdict issued on June 4 by the Cairo Criminal Court which convicted 43 staff members of international NGOs in the so-called “foreign funding case.” The defendants, who include nationals from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, the US, Germany, Serbia, and Norway, received prison terms ranging from one to five years and were each fined LE1,000.
The Muslim Brotherhood lays the foundations for a new police state by exceeding the Mubarak regime’s mechanisms to suppress civil society
The undersigned associations and organizations are deeply concerned by attempts to suppress civil society institutions, especially human rights organizations. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), are currently seeking to curb the right to freedom of association through legal restrictions even more severe than those imposed by the Mubarak regime in Law 84/2002, through a bill titled “Civil Society Organizations” announced by the Presidency yesterday evening.
The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has handed down a decision in a case concerning violence against four women journalists during a protest.
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, as represented in the Arab Caucus at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), are deeply concerned with the role of the leadership of our countries in the negotiations on the crucial issue of violence against women and girls.
Egyptian Court Orders 30-Day Ban On YouTube Over Hosting “The Innocence of Muslims” Video and There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around
This weekend, Cairo Administrative Court issued a 30-day ban order on YouTube and all other websites that host or link to content from the anti-Islam film “The Innocence of Muslims,” which was protested worldwide after footage from the trailer was shown on Egyptian television.
Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault condemns the attacks on women in Tahrir Square on Friday January 25th, the failure of political groups to secure the square and unprofessional media conduct
On Friday the 25th of January 2013, in the midst of large demonstrations marking the second anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, horrific sexual crimes were committed against women in and around Tahrir square. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) received 19 reports of group sexual assaults against women in the area, which included the use of life-threatening violence in some cases.
"25 January 2013: The Revolution Two Years On.. Injustice Continues"
State crimes remain unpunished: the Interior Ministry is above the law
and the Public Prosecution is missing in action
The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations strongly condemn the arrest of photojournalist Mohamed Sabry and his referral to an expedited military trial after he was detained while preparing a story for Reuters in the Rafah area in northern Sinai. We demand that Sabry be released immediately and that the Military Prosecution drop the charges of being present in a military zone without permission and taking photographs.