An NGO high level strategic conference urges the Arab League to adopt an effective human rights protection system, as an urgent requirement to meet expectations of the peoples and address major violations of and threats to universal human rights in the Arab region.
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 Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the Court of Cassation’s ruling today to overturn the conviction of ousted president Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adli was the expected outcome of a flawed, disappointing trial. The EIPR said that the retrial must avoid the grave mistakes of the first trial that led to the annulment of the judgments issued.
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.
In the midst of the crisis sparked by the first constitutional declaration issued on 22 November, President Mohamed Morsy issued several presidential laws by decree with economic consequences. The first, Law 100/2012, increased the price of Mazut supplied to electrical plants from LE1,000 to LE2,300 per ton. This is consistent with previous decrees raising electricity prices as an indivisible part of reducing energy subsidies.
The President, his Group, and the Government Must Cease their Policy of Targeting Female Activists and Excluding Women from the Public Sphere
The undersigned feminist and human rights organizations express deep concern due to the escalation of state policies that reinforce the state of impunity and which refrain from protecting citizens and securing peaceful assemblies. The organizations also condemn the perpetuation of the approach of groups that support the regime in targeting female activists and excluding women from the public sphere through direct incitement and aggression.
On International Human Rights Day: Egyptians to vote on a constitution that undermines human rights and liberties
Against the backdrop of a land dispute on Qursaya Island: At Least Three Dead, Several Injured by Military Police and 25 Detained by Military Prosecutor
Three Egyptian rights organizations strongly condemned today the crimes committed by Military Police forces against residents of Qursaya Island, located in the governor ate of Giza, at dawn on Sunday, 18 November, which left at least three civilians dead and more than five others wounded.
This morning 25 Egyptian advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit before the Court of Administrative Justice seeking the annulment of the President’s decree issuing a new constitutional declaration on 21 November and an expedited injunction suspending the decree. The suit (no. 9252/67JY) asks that a hearing on the petition, filed with the first circuit (rights and liberties), be set as soon as possible.
“No” to constitution establishing political and theocratic tyranny; Egyptian rights groups reject draft constitution
The undersigned human rights organizations express their rejection of the content and philosophy of the draft constitution proposed by the Constituent Assembly and scheduled to be voted on in a referendum within the coming month. The undersigned organizations emphasize that this draft constitution does not represent the cultural, religious, ethnic, and political diversity of Egyptian society.
In wake of disregard for international rights conventions in draft constitution: Ministry of Foreign Affairs cancels invitations to advocacy groups to meet with EU; President excludes rights organizations from meeting with “civil society”
Joint Press Release by 21 Egyptian Human Rights organizations
Dr. Hisham Qandil
Prime Minister of Egypt
Magles El Shaab St.,
Kasr El Aini St.Cairo
On Friday November 9th 2012, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the New Women Foundation (NWF) and Women and Memory Forum (WMF) joined other global organizations in the 'One Day, One Struggle' campaign to celebrate everyday feminism, women’s daily struggles and commemorate the life of Iman Salama, the young woman who fought against harassment and lost her life as a result.
Published in Egypt Independent, accessed 8 October 2012, http://www.egyptindependent.com/opinion/egypt-s-withering-paternalism-and-future-its-political-economy
Egypt’s withering paternalism and the future of its political economy
A commentary on the teachers' strike
Motaz Attala – Right to Education Program Officer
Lack of Redress for Women Who Underwent Forced "Virginity Tests" Challenged by Egyptian and International NGOs
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and INTERIGHTS have initiated a case against Egypt following its failure to address violations by army personnel against female detainees, in what has come to be known as the “virginity tests” incident. The case, brought to the African Commission, alleges violations of the African Charter, to which Egypt is a signatory.
Oil Companies in Egypt Use Controversial Technology Banned in a Number of Countries - EIPR warns: gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing threatens Egypt’s water resources
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights calls on the Egyptian government to place an immediate moratorium on unconventional extraction activities using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, at least until independent impact studies have been conducted and made public, and regulations have been created. Fracking involves pumping a chemical cocktail of toxic and carcinogenic substances deep underground to facilitate gas extraction.