بيانات وأخبار صحفية

28 May 2012

New Draft Law to Regulate NGOs and Civil Society: Tangible Progress Along with Flaws of the Past

The undersigned organizations express their appreciation for the efforts put forth by the Human Rights Committee of the People’s Assembly to develop a new bill, put forward by the Freedom and Justice Party, to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society institutions.

21 May 2012

In Support of the Human Rights Committee: The Government Must Maintain its Commitment to Ending the State of Emergency on 31 May

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) welcomed the demands of the Human Rights Committee of the People's Assembly that the government must fully commit to ending the state of emergency by 31 May 2012.

9 May 2012

With the Continued Attacks on Field and Public Hospitals and their Medical Crew and Assaults on Injured Civilians: The EIPR Calls for Firm Action be Taken to Prevent the Recurrence of Such Attacks

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemns the continued violation of the basic principles of medical neutrality by security forces, and the denial of medical treatment for those injured and wounded, during the dispersal of the Abbasiya sit-in by force on Friday, May 4, 2012.

7 May 2012

Abbasiya Events a Continuation of SCAF’s Systematic Violations of Human Rights in the Transitional Period

The undersigned Egyptian rights organizations condemn the treatment of sit-ins and demonstrations in Egypt from the time of the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak until now, as a result of which hundreds have been killed and thousands injured and detained.

12 April 2012

Draft Law for the Nationalization of Civil Society and Transforming it into a Government Institution

The undersigned human rights organizations declare their utter rejection of the new draft law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), prepared by the Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs and which aims to nationalize civil society. Under this law civil society would be considered an institution of the government, and NGO staff would be regarded as civil servants.

27 March 2012

On the eve of the Arab Summit: Cooperation with Civil Society, a Key Pillar to Arab League Reform

Human rights organizations in the Arab world confirmed that the development and reform of the League of Arab States (LAS) requires the adoption of serious reforms, on top of which that the League embraces a new vision for its relationship with civil society, in line with the traditions and experiences established by similar regional groupings as well as United Nations agencies and organizations.

12 March 2012

We Pledge to Continue the Pursuit of All Involved in this Crime and Attempted Cover-Up: Military 'Virginity Testing' Verdict: Not the Last Battle

The undersigned organizations today stated that the acquittal of the military doctor accused in the 'virginity testing' case did not come as a surprise, and furthermore opens the door to the prosecution of members of the military council using international mechanisms, after remedies inside Egypt have been exhausted.

7 March 2012

European Bank for Development Encourages Egypt to Pursue its Pre-Revolution Privatization Schemes

The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction issues a strategy for Egypt that does not include human development as a goal

6 March 2012

After 10 Years of Detention Without Trial: Egyptian Government Fails to Assist Last Egyptian in Guantanamo

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) today urged the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the Egyptian government and the People’s Assembly to take all immediate measures to demand that the American government release Egyptian national Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed El-Sawah, who has been detained without trial for over ten years at Guantanamo.

1 March 2012

Civil Society Presents Draft Freedom of Information Act: Freedom of Information Promotes Investment, Ensures Social Justice and Protects National Security

Civil society organisations, along with a number of academics and media figures, presented a draft Freedom of Information Act to the People's Assembly on Monday 27th February during a hearing held by the Human Rights Committee of the Assembly.

26 February 2012

Five Rights Organisations Demand an Immediate End to the Use of Firearms in Dispersing Demonstrations

Five human rights organisations today held a press conference calling for a ban on the use of firearms in dispersing demonstrations. The conference came two days before the second court hearing of the case requiring an abolition of the use of firearms in dispersing demonstrators, which will be held on Tuesday 28 February before the First Circuit of the Cairo Administrative Court.

16 February 2012

Sign the Petition| Abrogate Laws and Regulations Allowing the Use of Firearms Against Protesters

The Egyptian Police Law, as well as Ministry of Interior decrees, allow the police to use firearms, including live ammunition, to disperse demonstrations and gatherings composed of 5 people or more, even if demonstrators are peaceful as long as the police considers that they constitute a threat to public security.

14 February 2012

Egyptian Authorities Repeal Death Sentences for 2004 Taba Bombing Suspects - After Trials by Special Courts Found to Violate Basic Rights

Egypt Must Prevent Torture and Ensure Fair Trials Says Decision Endorsed by African Union

12 February 2012

Crimes in Al-Amiriya: Collective Punishment of Copts and Official Sanction for Sectarian Attacks

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights today issued the findings of its investigation into the sectarian attacks on Copts in the village of Sharbat, located in the Amiriya district of the governorate of Alexandria, in late January.

2 February 2012

Witness Accounts Around the Port Said Tragedy

In the aftermath of the bloody events which took place in Port Said on Wednesday 1 February 2012, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) sent a fact-finding mission to the city. The mission reached Port Said before midnight on Wednesday and immediately began interviewing witnesses. The EIPR publishes some of their testimonies:

30 January 2012

EIPR Urges People’s Assembly to Immediately Vote to End the State of Emergency

 

In a letter Sent to MPs and Parliamentary Bodies: Field Marshal Tantawi’s Declaration Excepting Crimes of Thuggery is a Perpetuation of the Repressive Practices of the Mubarak State

16 January 2012

Will the Court of Administrative Justice Stop the Killing of Demonstrators?

On Tuesday, 17 January, the Court of Administrative Justice in Cairo will hear a case filed to suspend and abolish the Interior Minister decree permitting the use of firearms and live ammunition to disperse demonstrations and sit-ins (Decree 156/1964). The case (no 9544/66JY) was filed by activists Fatima Abed and Malek Mustafa, the latter of whom was hit with a rubber bullet in his right eye on 19 November 2011, inflicting a permanent loss of vision.

4 January 2012

The Interior Minister Must Immediately Retract the ‘Shoot to Kill Bonuses’ Decision... The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights: The Policies of the New Minister Violate Police Law and Open the Gates of Hell

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) condemned the new policy of the Interior Minister that gives police officers a shoot to kill license, and offers bonuses to police officers who shoot and kill 'thugs'.

30 December 2011

Attacks Against Civil Society Organizations: A Grave Step Within A Broader Campaign Led By The Military Council to Defame and Stigmatize All The Revolutionist Forces Who Had An Active Role in The 25 January Proceedings

The undersigned organizations condemn the broad, ongoing attack on human rights organizations and civil society, which today included raids on several rights organizations that actively work to promote democracy.

27 December 2011

In Response to the Army and Police's Allegations: The EIPR Releases a Code of Conduct for Policing Demonstrations and Public Disorder

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the recurring statements made lately by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior officials about the legitimacy of the use of violence against demonstrators, are in clear breach of international laws and standards, and constitute an acknowledgment of the liability of army and police forces in the crimes committed against demonstrators over the past months.