بيانات وأخبار صحفية

9 April 2014

Following Cabinet approval for the use of Coal to generate energy, Civil society: It will not solve problem, will increase current burdens and will eliminate opportunities for future development

The undersigned civil society organizations declared their profound disappointment by the Cabinet’s decision to include Coal as part of Egypt’s energy mix. The organizations warned that this decision, which contravenes constitutional directives on sustainable development, will have serious repercussions for Egyptians’ health, the economy and future generations’ right to development, and they declared their intent to resist the decision and work toward its revocation.

24 March 2014

The European Commission confirms the freezing of four bank accounts related to Gamal Mubarak in Cyprus

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and The Corner House received a letter from the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instrument confirming the freezing of four bank accounts linked to a Gamal Mubarak co-owned company in Cyprus named Bullion Co. ltd.

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.

18 March 2014

Rights experts and institutions demand political empowerment for the disabled

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on Thursday, 13 March 2014, hosted a roundtable discussion of a paper prepared by Houqouqi for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities about political rights for the disabled in the amendments to the political rights law being drafted by the presidency. Several associations, rights groups and experts active in disability issues attended the discussion; they agreed to address interim president Adly Mansour immediately to explain their demands.

13 March 2014

EIPR report reveals $10 billion lost in corrupt gas contracts, as daily blackouts spread

Egypt lost $10 billion in gas revenues from 2005-2011, according to a report launched yesterday by EIPR. Contracts signed during the Mubarak years allowed the export of billions of cubic metres of underpriced gas to Jordan, Spain and the Israeli state.

11 March 2014

EIPR issues study on environmental deterioration in Damietta and its relationship with petrochemical industry

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights issued a study today titled, “Investment without Sustainable Development: Imaginary Profits, Realized losses, a Case Study of the MOPOCO Factory in Damietta.” The study examines environmental degradation in Damietta and its relationship with investment activity there, particularly petrochemical factories, which local residents have dubbed “f

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.

26 February 2014

Rights groups condemn eviction of dozens of families and demolition of their tents this morning in Ezbet al-Nakhl in Cairo

The undersigned organizations condemn the eviction of dozens of families and the destruction of their shelters this morning, 26 February 2014, in Ezbat al-Nakhl by Cairo governorate security forces. We further condemn the violence used against women and children. The evictions took place on the first day in office of the new government headed by Mr.

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.

19 February 2014

After meeting with Fact-Finding Commission for the events of June 30th: Rights groups urge the Commission to expand its mandate and seek technical support from the UN

The undersigned organizations welcomed the invitation to attend an open dialogue with the 30 June Fact-Finding Commission, affirming the crucial role of independent rights organizations in exposing facts surrounding the human rights violations  committed during the past period.

18 February 2014

Some 1,000 families at risk of forced eviction in Marg - EIPR: Cairo governorate must refrain from the use of force and provide adequate housing for the residents of Eshash al-Tawfiqiya

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is extremely concerned about the risk of forced eviction facing some 1,000 families in the Eshash al-Tawfiqiya/Muhagirin area of Marg. Evictions of residents and house demolitions already began at dawn today.

12 February 2014

Egyptian Rights Organizations Demand Independent investigation into torture allegati

The undersigned organizations call for an immediate, independent investigation into growing claims of the brutal torture and sexual assault of detainees held in prisons and police stations in Egypt after their arrest in demonstrations on January 25th, the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

22 January 2014

A Commentary on the formation of a fact-finding commission for the events of June 30th: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights welcomes the formation of the fact-finding commission and offers recommendations in order to avoid shortcomings in its work

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomes the presidential decree creating a fact-finding commission for the events of June 30th. In its Commentary, the EIPR mentioned that the formation of this commission is a step that the EIPR, among other human rights organizations, has long called for.

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.

10 December 2013

Egypt: No Acknowledgment or Justice for Mass Protester Killings Set Up a Fact-Finding Committee as a First Step

 

(Cairo, December 10, 2013) – Thirteen Egyptian and international human rights organizations called on the Egyptian authorities today, on international Human Rights Day, to acknowledge, and seriously and thoroughly investigate the killing of up to 1,000 people by security forces dispersing Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins on August 14, 2013.