Tag Archives: Amnesty International

Egypt: A statement for Egyptian human rights organizations: “EZzat ghoniem where are ?

March 3, 2018


The undersigned parties hold the Egyptian security authorities all the responsibility of Ghonim’s safety and demand quickly detection of his place detentions and quickly release him. And call upon all domestic and international organizations to solidarity by all possible means to guarantee the safety of Ghonim and quickly releasing him.

It’s worrisome that human rights field in Egypt is threatened after the repeated targeting of human rights defenders, in opposition of the United Nations declaration on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and society institutions in promoting and protection of human rights.

They also have fears that enforced disappearances and other human rights violations after the systematic targeting of human rights defenders and getting them out of sight like what’s happening now with the lawyer (Ezzat Ghonim).

At last, the undersigned call upon all domestic and international organizations to demand the Egyptian authorities revealing his whereabouts, and calling them to stop arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance policies, and creating a safe area to enable human rights defenders to do their jobs without fears for their freedom or safety.

List of organizations:



https://forcechange.com/477158/release-human-rights-activist-to-the-safety-of-his-family/ (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistia.org/ve/noticias/2018/03/5114/egipto-posible-desaparicion-forzada-del-abogado-ezzat-ghonim (ESPANOL)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.haberturk.com/sisi-guvenlik-guclerine-hakaret-vatana-ihanete-girer-1860444 (TURKCE)

Image may contain: 1 person

Ezzat Ghoneim .. Shield of humanity and law and freedoms

Hours after his disappearance amid expectations of his arrest, Egyptian lawyer and Human Rights Activist Ezzat Ghneim adds new tournaments in the legal and human rights struggle for human rights, which has always sought his right regardless of his color, belief or opinion

In order to achieve a society that is safe and free from terrorism

He graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2000 and worked in the legal field as a lawyer specializing in freedom issues before administrative courts and the Council of State. He obtained a Diploma in Human Rights and Civil Society from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

He has been in the field of human rights since 2005 and has emerged as a human rights activist committed to legal and professional standards in his work.

Where he worked on issues of human rights in general and civil rights in particular as an independent activist and then active in some civil society organizations, until he became executive director of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms in 2014

He did not stop his activities in human rights and legal fields, but he went to raise awareness about them. He has many contributions and writings in the field of rights and freedoms

Including the book “Human Rights between Islamic law and international covenants” and “Legal Awareness Book” in cooperation with the Foundation of Toshiba Al-araby, and recently issued a book “the legal researcher between the methodology of work and influence ways

He has also published many legal and legal studies, including the NGO Law and the Philosophy of the System, as well as a guide to dealing with human rights violations, in addition to periodic articles in several websites and electronic newspapers, as well as televised interviews with international and local media organizations.

URGENT 4/3/18

We received news that the lawyer and human rights activist “Izzat Ghneim” appeared in the Supreme State Security Prosecution at the Fifth Gathering in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, March 4th, without the presence of any of his lawyers, despite the waiting of lawyers until 11pm on Saturday March 3 Without his presence, and his continued detention in an unknown place

The charges against him are still unknown.

(Egyptian Coordination for rights and freedoms Facebook)

Image may contain: 1 person, text

#عاجل | أنباء عن ظهور المحامي والحقوقي “عزت غنيم” بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالتجمع الخامس بالقاهرة، في الساعات الأولى من صباح اليوم الأحد 4 مارس؛ دون حضور أيّا من محاميه معه، رغم انتظار المحامين حتى الساعة الحادية عشر مساء أمس السبت 3 مارس دون حضوره، مع استمرار احتجازه في مكان غير معروف ولم يتم التعرف على التهم الموجهة إليه حتى الآن.


(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook 4/3/18)




Egypt/AI: Lawyer and human rights defender Ezzat Ghonim at risk of enforced disappearance

March 2, 2018

Image result for Ezzat Ghonim

Responding to the overnight suspected enforced disappearance of human rights lawyer and director of the NGO Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, Ezzat Ghonim, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director, Najia Bounaim, said:

“Given the highly charged political climate in Egypt and the clampdown on dissent in the lead up to the presidential elections, we are deeply concerned that Ezzat Ghonim may have been forcibly disappeared.

“The Egyptian authorities have a notorious reputation for the use of enforced disappearances to silence human rights defenders and members of the opposition.  This appears to be yet another shameless attack on the right to freedom of expression and association. It is a reminder of the incredible obstacles faced by those who are striving to defend the basic rights of the Egyptian people.

“Instead of abducting those who stand up for the rights of others, the Egyptian authorities must protect these activists and facilitate their work. They must disclose any information they have about the whereabouts of Ezzat Ghonim and release him immediately if he is in state custody.”


Amnesty International spoke with the family and colleagues of Ezzat Ghonim about the circumstances of his disappearance yesterday evening. His wife has said she waited for him to return home from his office after he called her at 5:30 pm to let her know he would be home in half an hour. When he had not returned by 6:30 pm, she tried to call his cell phone repeatedly, only to find that it was not available and potentially switched off. She then called Ghonim’s colleagues and acquaintances, before calling local hospitals and police stations without gaining any further information about his whereabouts. She continued trying to reach him through the night, calling Ghonim’s cell phone several times without a response. At 1:30 am she called his cell phone again, hearing it ring for a few minutes without anyone answering. The cell phone has remained unresponsive since.













http://ecrfeg.org/ar/2018/03/02/%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%A1%D9%A5-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B8%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%88%D8%B4%D8%AE%D8%B5%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%B9/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (ARABIC)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/03/egypt-lawyer-and-human-rights-defender-ezzat-ghonim-at-risk-of-enforced-disappearance/ (FRANCAIS)

http://humanitaire.niooz.fr/egypte-l-avocat-defenseur-des-droits-humains-ezzat-ghonim-aurait-ete-victime-d-une-disparition-forcee-23913540.shtml (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/03/02/egitto-avvocato-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-probabile-nuova-vittima-sparizione-forzata/ (ITALIANO)

Turkey: Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

February 23, 2018

Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

A report released by Amnesty International on Thursday reveals that critical voices and dissent were ruthlessly suppressed in Turkey in 2017 and that a state of emergency in the country served as a backdrop for rights violations.

Amnesty International Report 2017/18 sheds light on the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries.

The Turkey section of the report talks about how journalists, political activists and human rights defenders were targeted due to a lack of tolerance for dissenting voices, which diminished further due to a state of emergency that was declared in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The report said the state of emergency paved the way for unlawful restrictions on human rights and allowed the government to pass laws beyond the effective scrutiny of Parliament and the courts. “Over 50,000 people were in pre-trial detention on charges linked to membership of the ‘Fethullahist Terrorist Organization’ (FETÖ), which the authorities blamed for the 2016 coup attempt. A similar number were released on bail and were subjected to reporting requirements. Only a tiny minority of them were accused of taking part in the actual events of the attempted coup,” said the report.

Amnesty’s report also makes mention of how eight human rights defenders including Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser were held in pre-trial detention until a trial on trumped-up charges for “membership of a terrorist organization” based on their work as human rights defenders began in October, and Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty International Turkey, still remains in prison due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.







https://www.challenges.fr/monde/amnesty-international-denonce-l-etat-d-urgence-en-turquie_569360 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/02/22/5a8e8e05e5fdea832f8b4667.html (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/02/22/odio-e-mobilitazione-il-rapporto-2017-2018-di-amnesty-international/ (ITALIANO)

http://t24.com.tr/haber/af-orgutu-insan-haklari-raporu-turkiyede-muhalifler-susturuldu-ozgurlukler-saldiri-altinda,565663 (DEUTSCH)


Turkey: Drop terror charges against Amnesty chair

February 17, 2018

Image result for taner kilic

A group of United Nations experts* has issued a fresh call to the Turkish authorities to release the chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kiliç, who has been held since June 2017 on terrorism charges.

“We are concerned by the seemingly arbitrary detention of Taner Kiliç, which is evidently linked to his work in defending human rights,” the five experts said in a joint statement released in Geneva.

“We are particularly dismayed that only one day after an Istanbul court had ordered his conditional release, the decision was reversed by another court. We call on the Turkish authorities to immediately release Mr. Kiliç and drop the terrorism charges against him.”

An Istanbul court ordered Mr. Kiliç’s conditional release from pre-trial detention on 31 January 2018, but the prosecutor appealed the ruling and he was re-arrested and moved into Gendarmerie custody the following day and subsequently to a new prison.




https://www.alevinet.com/2018/02/17/bmden-taner-kilic-aciklamasi-derhal-serbest-birakilsin/ (TURKCE)

https://www.elperiodico.com/es/internacional/20180216/turquia-cadena-perpetua-periodistas-deniz-yucel-liberado-6629215 (ESPANOL)


Turkey: [UPDATE] AI board chair Kılıç detained after another court ruled for his release

February 1, 2018

A Turkish court late on Wednesday ordered that Taner Kılıç, chairman of the board of Amnesty International Turkey, be kept in detention after another court had earlier in the day ruled for his release, Turkish media reported.

A prosecutor on Wednesday evening appealed Kılıç’s release to the Istanbul 36th High Criminal Court, which agreed and decided that the human rights defender’s detention should continue.

Andrew Gardner, AI’s senior advisor and researcher for Turkey, tweeted earlier in the day that “the prosecutor appealed the court decision to release him. We don’t know if the appeal court has made a decision. What we do know is that there has been an arrest warrant issued and that Taner has been taken out of prison and into Gendarmerie custody.”

Kılıç has been behind bars since June 6 over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind a failed coup last year.

A lawyer, a founding member of AI Turkey and chairman of its board of directors since 2014, Kılıç was arrested by an İzmir court on June 9 along with 22 other attorneys as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement.








Update on Turkey: Taner Kılıç released but what about all the others?






http://takeaction.amnesty.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=72390&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=FBpostFreeIdil (TAKE ACTION!)

https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=72390 (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/free-the-rights-defenders-in-turkey/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1316640182&utm_campaign=Amnesty (TAKE ACTION!)






https://www.aydinlik.com.tr/taner-kilic-yeniden-tutuklandi-turkiye-subat-2018 (TURKCE)

https://agir.amnistie.ca/page/19429/donate/1?en_chan=fb&locale=fr-CA&ea.tracking.id&en_ref=133927070 (FRANCAIS – SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie-le-prsident-damnesty-de-nouveau-arrt-une-t (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnistie.ca/evenements/2018/rassemblement-pour-reclamer-liberation-taner-kilic (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2018/02/01/a-peine-libere-le-president-d-amnesty-en-turquie-a-ete-de-nouveau-arrete_5250206_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.leparisien.fr/international/turquie-a-peine-libere-le-president-d-amnesty-est-de-nouveau-arrete-01-02-2018-7534842.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/actua/acciones/turquia-defensores-jun17/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=comp&utm_medium=social_com&utm_term=Detention&utm_content=Web_petition-turquia_jun17 (ESPANOL)

http://www.lanotiziagiornale.it/mamma-li-turchi-arrestato-di-nuovo-taner-kilic-il-presidente-di-amnesty-international-in-turchia-era-stato-rilasciato-ieri/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/europa/europastaaten/944510_Tuerkischer-Amnesty-Praesident-Kilic-erneut-festgenommen.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/amnesty-voorzitter-taner-kilic-nog-steeds-vast (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.em.com.br/app/noticia/internacional/2018/02/01/interna_internacional,935058/presidente-da-anistia-internacional-na-turquia-volta-a-ser-detido.shtml (PORTUGUES)

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, mountain, sky, text, outdoor and nature


Turkey: Turkey court releases Amnesty head Taner Kilic

January 31, 2018

File image of head of Amnesty International in Turkey Taner Kilic

A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of the head of human rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who was detained last June.

Taner Kilic had been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, an accusation the London-based group had described as “baseless”.

The court ordered his release on bail. Ten other activists are also on trial.

The arrests were part of a crackdown following the failed coup attempt of July 2016.

In a statement, Amnesty welcomed Mr Kilic’s release, but said it would continue to pressure for the charges against the 11 activists, including another Amnesty member, to be dropped.

Gauri van Gulik, the group’s Europe director, said: “These unfounded prosecutions are an attempt to silence critical voices within Turkey but have only served to highlight the importance of human rights and those who dedicate their lives to defending them.”






https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/buyukada-davasinda-taner-kilica-tahliye,u-9s6EE7dEuu8wVrC02nYA (TURKCE)

http://www.iha.com.tr/haber-taner-kilic-tahliye-edildi-707496/ (TURKCE)

http://tr.euronews.com/2018/01/31/uluslararas-af-orgutu-turkiye-yonetim-kurulu-baskan-taner-k-l-c-tahliye-edildi (TURKCE)

https://www.laminute.info/liberte-conditionnelle-pour-le-president-detenu-damnesty-en-turquie/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/turquie-un-tribunal-libre-le-prsident-damnesty-apr (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/direct/element/le-president-damnesty-turquie-remis-en-liberte_77034/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.agenpress.it/notizie/2018/01/31/turchia-rilasciato-taner-kilic-presidente-amnesty-international-quasi-otto-mesi-carcere/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.abogacia.es/2018/01/31/turquia-un-tribunal-libera-al-presidente-de-amnistia-internacional-tras-casi-ocho-meses-de-carcel/ (ESPANOL)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/01/31/5a71cd40468aeba3018b459b.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/tuerkei-amnesty-chef-freilassung-101.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/turkije-vrijheid-in-tijden-van-onderdrukking (NEDERLAND)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/ultimas-noticias/efe/2018/01/31/tribunal-concede-liberdade-condicional-a-presidente-da-ai-na-turquia.htm (PORTUGUES)

http://www.liberal.gr/arthro/188401/epikairotita/2018/tourkia-apofulakizetai-upo-orous-o-topikos-epikefalis-tis-diethnous-amnistias.html (GREEK)

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, beard and text

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, text

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, text

Image may contain: 1 person, text

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text


Turkey/Council of Europe: PACE urges release of Amnesty’s Turkey chair ahead of Jan 31 hearing

January 31, 2018

PACE urges release of Amnesty’s Turkey chair ahead of Jan 31 hearing

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) has called for the release of Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey chair Taner Kilic, under arrest for more than 7 months now.

In a written statement issued a day before Kilic’s court appearance on Jan 31, PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Marianne Mikko (Estonia, SOC) and Nigel Evans (United Kingdom, EC) reiterated their call for the right defender’s release.

“Taner Kilic, like any other individual, should feel safe and secure to express himself and assemble in Turkey. We urge once again the Turkish authorities to ensure that these fundamental freedoms are duly and effectively secured, and put an end to the continuous arrests and detentions of those expressing dissenting and critical opinions, which cannot be a crime in itself”, they said.

”In this context , we are deeply concerned about today’s arrest of Turkish Medical Association board members, including its chair, as well as hundreds others for criticizing Turkish military intervention in Afrin. We call on the Turkish authorities to act and react in full respect of Council of Europe standards”, the co-rapporteurs also added.

Kılıç, a lawyer, a founding member of AI Turkey and chairman of its board of directors since 2014, was arrested by an İzmir court on June 9 as part of an investigation into the Gülen group. Set to appear during a court appearance on Wednesday, he faces terror charges along with 10 other rights defenders who could be jailed up to 15 years if convicted.





http://www.dw.com/tr/af-%C3%B6rg%C3%BCt%C3%BC-insan-haklar%C4%B1-savunucular%C4%B1-hedef-al%C4%B1n%C4%B1yor/a-42370670 (TURKCE)

http://www.dw.com/tr/b%C3%BCy%C3%BCkada-davas%C4%B1na-devam-ediliyor/a-42369447 (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/af-orgutu-insan-haklari-savunuculari-hedef-aliniyor-h77701.html?mnst=30949 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/344538/hak-savunucularinin-buyukada-davasi-basladi (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/turkey-more-than-a-million-people-demand-freedom-for-amnesty-chair-as-trial-resumes/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.aichacher-zeitung.de/welt/art44,145732 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.publico.pt/2018/01/31/mundo/opiniao/lutar-para-respirar-sob-o-peso-da-repressao-1801312 (PORTUGUES)


Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

今日,国际特赦组织 #土耳其 分会主席泰纳的庭审将继续。
我们的同事于科伦坡摆出 #FreeTaner 的造型,再次呼吁土耳其政府释放他。http://amn.st/6187D3UqH

(国际特赦组织中文 Amnesty International Chinese Facebook)

We are live from outside the Istanbul Penal Court – where our friends and colleagues İdil Eser, Taner Kiliç and 9 other human rights defenders have their third hearing in an ongoing criminal trial against them. We are also talking to prominent human rights defender and lawyer, Gunal Kursun who is also standing trial today.

(Amnesty International Facebook)