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Egypt: Rights groups hold the authorities accountable for the life of Coptic activist Ramy Kamel, marking the one-year anniversary of his imprisonment in reprisal for human rights advocacy and cooperation with the United Nations

  • Published On December 1, 2020

Joint Statement   This week marks an entire year spent by Coptic activist Ramy Kamel behind bars. The undersigned human rights organizations denounce Ramy’s continued arbitrary detention, in retaliation for his human rights work, locally and internationally, as a defender of Coptic rights in Egypt. The organizations consider the Egyptian government’s refusal to release Ramy …

Egypt: Gasser Abdel Razek’s life in danger as he endures abuse in prison for human rights meeting with Western diplomats

  • Published On November 24, 2020

 Joint Statement The Egyptian authorities’ abuse of veteran human rights defender Gasser Abdel Razek, Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), is condemned by the undersigned human rights organizations. Gasser’s arrest and punitive treatment in prison is in apparent retaliation by the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his recent meeting with …

Egypt | Solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights urged by human rights community in open letter to ambassadors and diplomats

  • Published On November 20, 2020

Over 50 organisations from across the world stand in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and urge the immediate and unconditional release of Karim Ennarah, Mohammed Basheer and Gasser Abdel-Razek.    We stand in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). We are human rights organisations and initiatives deeply concerned about …

Human Rights Organizations Sign on a Letter Regarding the Appointment of UAE Ministry of Interior Official to the Presidency of Interpol

  • Published On October 29, 2020

Re: Appointment of UAE Ministry of Interior Official to the Presidency of INTERPOL   Dear Secretary General, We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern over recent reports announcing the candidacy of Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, the General Inspector of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ministry of Interior, for the presidency …

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 …

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