The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked and outraged by the sentence against its transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 of her co-defendants to three years in prison for allegedly participating in a political march.
Programs: Civil Liberties
Over the last few years, the term ‘civil society’ has raised much controversy starting with the basic question of the importance of civil society to begin with, and culminating in accusations of treason.
The incident in Deir Gabal Al Tair village took place after the disappearance of Iman Morqos Sarufim amid allegations from her family that she was kidnapped by a Muslim resident of a nearby village.
In a study titled “The Democracy of the Clergy,” a commentary on the proposed bylaws that criticizes the church’s drafting of the statute in closed, non-transparent consultations based on a narrow interpretation of Article 3.
A group of women judges and lawyers from Arab countries sent a letter to Justice Hamed Abdullah, the head of the Egyptian Supreme Judicial Council, on the10th of September to express their grave concern about the detention of Yara Sallam
Desperation seems to have struck with thousands of political prisoners, punished for their political choices, forced to witness and experience gross human rights violations in detention facilities, and denied access to fair trials.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights demanded the immediate repeal of the protest law as unconstitutional.
A report that chronicles and analyzes cases of defamation of religion between 2011 and 2013 is now available in English under the title of “Besieging Freedom of Thought: Defamation of Religion Cases in Two Years of the Revolution.”
The report documents and analyzes defamation of religion cases that took place in various Egyptian provinces and the types of social and legal intimidation facing the accused. It finds increasing prosecution and intimidation aimed at curbing freedom of opinion, belief and expression by unofficial social actors. In most of these cases, the victims were ordinary citizens and not necessarily well-known commentators or public figures, as it used to be in the past two decades. Moreover, prosecutions were not limited to members of religious or communal minorities.