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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 …

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 …

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