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Egypt: Implementing Regulations of NGO Law Intended to Cripple Civil Society

  • Published On February 25, 2021

Egypt: Implementing regulations of NGO law intended to cripple civil society Joint Statement The undersigned rights organizations strongly condemn the Egyptian government’s relentless closure of all outlets for civil society activity in the country, as demonstrated once again by the recent issuance, in January 2021, of implementing regulations for the NGO law, law no.149 of …

Egypt: Escalating Reprisals, Arrests of Critics’ Families

  • Published On February 22, 2021

Egypt: Escalating Reprisals, Arrests of Critics’ Families End Hostage-Like Arrests The Egyptian authorities’ targeting of families in Egypt of activists and human rights defenders living abroad has been escalating, demonstrating a clear pattern of intimidation and harassment, 22 Egyptian, regional, and international organizations said today. Since August 2020, the authorities have targeted the families of …

Egypt Takes Hostage Innocent Relatives of U.S. Human Rights Defender Mohamed Soltan in Series of Midnight Raids in Retaliation to Human Rights Advocacy

  • Published On February 16, 2021

Washington, D.C., February 16, 2021 — On Sunday, Egyptian State Security forces launched a campaign of retaliatory aggression against the family members of Mohamed Soltan in reprisal for his human rights advocacy, his support of the newly formed congressional Egypt Human Rights Caucus, and his ongoing federal lawsuit filed under the Torture Victims Protection Act …

Loujain Alhathloul Conditionally Released After 1001 Days in Saudi Prison

  • Published On February 10, 2021

“We are thrilled to see Loujain released from prison and in her home in Saudi after 1001 days in prison for her activism. The genuine happiness and relief on her face is priceless.   We take this moment to celebrate the victory of a worldwide campaign spearheaded by her courageous siblings, but the fight is not …

Release of Saudi-American Political Prisoners Dr. Bader al-Ibrahim and Salah al-Haidar

  • Published On February 4, 2021

(WASHINGTON D.C.- Thursday, February 4, 2021) – Earlier today Saudi-American political prisoners Dr.  Bader al-Ibrahim and Salah al-Haidar were temporarily released from Saudi prisons pending trial in Saudi  Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court. Their next court date is on March 8, 2021, where they will continue facing unsubstantiated terrorism charges. Their release comes after 673 days …

The Freedom Initiative and Pretrial Rights International Commemorate the One Year Anniversary of the Death of Moustafa Kassem

  • Published On January 13, 2021

The Freedom Initiative (Fi) and Pretrial Rights International (PRI) solemnly commemorate the year anniversary of the death of Moustafa Kassem today. To honor Moustafa’s legacy, Fi has unveiled its new logo featuring his silhouette. Moustafa, a U.S. citizen on behalf of whom Fi began its first case advocacy efforts in 2015, died of medical neglect …

Women’s Rights Activist, Loujain Alhathloul, Sentenced to Prison by Saudi Courts

  • Published On January 9, 2021

We are outraged by Saudi Arabia’s decision to sentence Loujain AlHathloul to 5 years and 8 months for her peaceful women’s rights work. Despite the possibility of early release, the entire proceeding has been a farce that has deeply harmed her family since Loujain was arbitrarily detained 2 ½ years ago. Yet again, Saudi Arabia …

After one-year of unwarranted arrest and solitary confinement, Ramy Kamel must be freed

  • Published On December 21, 2020

As November 23, 2020 marked one year of solitary confinement for Ramy Kamel, a Coptic Egyptian Human rights defender, 15 organizations urge American and European leaders to pressure Egyptian authorities to immediately release Ramy, lift all charges against him, and conduct effective investigations on allegations of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or …

Saudi Arabia: Saudi-US Doctor Sentenced on Vague Charges

  • Published On December 10, 2020

(Washington, DC, December 10, 2020) – A Saudi court sentenced a prominent Saudi-American medical doctor to six years in prison on December 8, 2020 on vague charges mostly tied to his peaceful political views and expression, Human Rights Watch and The Freedom Initiative said today. Saudi authorities have banned Dr. Walid Fitaihi, 56, from travel …

France: Macron to Receive Al-Sisi on Heels of Repression

  • Published On December 2, 2020

End Unconditional Support (Paris, December 2, 2020) – French President Emmanuel Macron should strongly press Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to address human rights violations before his upcoming visit to Paris, particularly to release arbitrarily detained activists and human rights defenders, 17 organizations said today. President al-Sisi is scheduled to arrive in Paris on December …

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