Files: Civil and political Rights
refer to an individual's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without fear of discrimination or repression, and is tied closely to citizenship status. Such rights include not only the right to vote in an election, but also the rights to join a political party; run for office; and participate freely in political rallies, events, or protests
Today, a coalition of international and Egyptian NGOs has submitted a detailed legal analysis to the UN Committee against Torture concluding that the Egyptian authorities’ use of torture is so widespread and systematic as to amount to a crime against humanity under customary international law.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said the National Security Sector (NSS) arrested at least 35 volunteers in the campaign of presidential hopeful Ahmed Tantawi in 13 governorates over the last three weeks.