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Egypt: Days Before a Verdict in the Trial of Engineer Mamdouh Hamza, Government’s Vindictive Use of Terrorism Charges Against Peaceful Critics Denounced by Human Rights Organizations.

  • Published On October , 22 2020

Joint Statement The undersigned human rights organizations call for charges to be dismissed in the trial of engineer Mamdouh Hamza, whose verdict is scheduled for October 26th.  Guilty only of exercising his right to peaceful expression of opinion through social media, Hamza’s trial is simply a furtherance of counterterrorism’s deliberate misuse by the Egyptian government …

Hundreds of EU & US Lawmakers Urge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Release Prisoners of Conscience in Egypt

  • Published On October , 21 2020

Earlier this week, more than 278 lawmakers from across Europe and the United States sent public letters to Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with a strong message denouncing the situation of prisoners of conscience in the country. In a show of mounting concern, 84 members of the European Parliament, 138 members of national parliaments across …

Egypt: Ill-Treatment and Arbitrary Measures Trigger New Hunger Strike at Istiqbal Tora Prison

  • Published On October , 14 2020

Joint statement: The undersigned human rights organizations categorically reject the continued policy of humiliation practiced by Egyptian authorities against detainees, especially political prisoners. Such policy will only lead to more negative consequences as a number of detainees in the Istiqbal Tora prison, south of Cairo, have started a hunger strike to object to the prison administration’s …

Egypt: Government Must Stop Arbitrary Arrests and Respect Freedom of Expression

  • Published On September , 20 2020

Joint Statement   The undersigned human rights organizations renew their demand for the Egyptian government to respect the rights of free expression and privacy, and for state security to immediately stop arbitrarily arresting citizens and searching their phones. The government’s escalating assault on fundamental freedoms coincides with the one-year anniversary of the September 20, 2019 …

Re: Unjust Indictment of Human Rights Advocate, Bahey eldin Hassan, for ‘Spreading False News’ and ‘Insulting the Judiciary’ by the Egyptian Fifth Terrorism Circuit Court

  • Published On August , 25 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Re: Unjust Indictment of Human Rights Advocate, Bahey eldin Hassan, for ‘Spreading False News’ and ‘Insulting the Judiciary’ by the Egyptian Fifth Terrorism Circuit Court.  Washington, D.C., August 25, 2020 — The Freedom Initiative strongly and categorically condemns the verdict issued today by the Fifth Terrorism Circuit Court in Cairo to our …

URGENT APPEAL: CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS CALL FOR MOROCCAN AUTHORITIES TO CEASE INTIMIDATION OF JOURNALIST OMAR RADI

  • Published On July , 29 2020

The undersigned civil society organizations call for an immediate and unconditional end to the intimidation and harassment of independent Moroccan journalist, Omar Radi, who has been summoned by police to appear for interrogation seven times over the past several weeks. Radi has been targeted by the authorities for his critical investigations and reporting, as one …

Re: Release of Egyptian-American political prisoner Mohamed Amashah and return to Jersey City, NJ with his family

  • Published On July , 6 2020

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Re: Release of Egyptian-American political prisoner Mohamed Amashah and return to Jersey City, NJ with his family (WASHINGTON D.C.- Monday, July 6, 2020) – Yesterday Egyptian-American political prisoner Mohamed Amashah was released from Egyptian prisons after 486 days of arbitrary detention. Mohamed landed in Dulles International Airport this morning and returned home …

Egypt: Rights Defender’s Relatives Arrested

  • Published On June , 24 2020

Midnight Raids, Disappearances Follow Torture Complaint (Washington, June 24, 2020) – The ongoing harassment and intimidation by Egyptian security forces of the family of a US national seeking justice, truth and reparation is a source of deep concern, 20 human rights and other groups said today. According to a statement filed in a US court …

Joint NGO Letter to IMF Re: IMF Engagement on Governance Issues and Corruption in Egypt

  • Published On June , 23 2020

June 23, 2020 IMF Executive Board 700 19th Street NW Washington, DC 20431 Dear International Monetary Fund Executive Board: We are writing regarding the $5.2 billion loans agreed between Fund staff and the government of Egypt on June 5, 2020, now awaiting the approval of the Executive Board.  These funds, made available under a Stand-By …

Release: Congress Urged to Block New Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.

  • Published On June , 18 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, June 18, 2020 Congress Urged to Block New Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Organizations call for U.S. to “downgrade” relationships with both monarchies A coalition of organizations representing human rights, foreign policy, women’s rights, climate, and peace issues released a letter to Congress today urging senators and representatives to block all …

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