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Egypt: #حبس_احتياطي| تجديد حبس الحقوقي “عزت غنيم” 45 يوماً

19/05/19

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قررت غرفة المشورة بمحكمة جنايات #القاهرة، المنعقدة بمجمع محاكم طرة، اليوم الأحد 19 مايو، تجديد حبس “عزت غنيم“، المحامي والحقوقي والمدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، 45 يومًا في القضية رقم 441 لسنة 2018 حصر تحقيق نيابة أمن الدولة العليا.

والقضية المتهم بها المحامي عزت غنيم، هي ذاتها المتهم فيها الصحفي معتز ودنان، الذي أجرى حوارا مع المستشار هشام جنينة، والصحفيين الشابين «حسن البنا مبارك، ومصطفى الأعصر» والمدون وائل عباس، وفاطمة موسى وآخرين.

وتوجه النيابة للمتهمين في القضية تهمًا بالانضمام لجماعة أسست خلافا لأحكام القانون والدستور الغرض منها تعطيل مؤسسات الدولة ومنعها من ممارسة عملها، ونشر أخبار كاذبة، وهي تهم منافية للحقيقة، بحسب حقوقيون، يعتبرونها مكررة؛ للانتقام من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والصحفيين.

#الحرية_لعزت_غنيم

#فارس_الإنسانية

 

(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 20/05/19)

N.B.: On May 19, 2019 the detention of rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim was renewed for a further 45 days.

Committee for Justice gets UN support for the case of human rights defender “Ezzat Ghoneim”

https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session83/A_HRC_WGAD_2018_82.pdf

Calls for Egypt to release disappeared lawyer after ‘nervous breakdown’

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/18/egypt-mass-arrests-lawyers-activists

Egypt issues arrest warrants for forcibly disappeared lawyers

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Egypt: Arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown against peaceful critics

May 17, 2019

Haytham Mohamadeen

The arbitrary detention of labour rights lawyer, Haytham Mohamdeen, and former political activist, Mostafa Maher, this week has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism, said Amnesty International.

“These latest arrests have reignited a climate of fear amongst independent activists and human rights organizations about a renewed assault by the Egyptian authorities on the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.

“The Egyptian authorities have an appalling record of arbitrarily detaining peaceful activists over unfounded charges for months and sometimes for years, without ever referring them to trial, before releasing them under harsh probation measures. Instead of stepping up their repression with a fresh round of arbitrary detentions, the authorities should stop harassing peaceful critics and ensure all those detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association or assembly are immediately and unconditionally released.”

Amnesty International is calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mostafa Maher and Haytham Mohamdeen as their detention is arbitrary, and the charge against them is overly vague and has no credible basis. They appear to have been targeted solely because of their history of peaceful activism. The authorities also violated their fair trial rights during arrest, detention and questioning.

Background

On 13 May, Haytham Mohamdeen was summoned to Saf police station, in Giza governate, south of Cairo, after being wrongfully accused of violating his probation terms. When he went to the police station, the police arrested him and held him without access to his lawyer or family until 16 May. Haytham Mohamdeen had been under probation since his release on 30 October 2018 from five months of arbitrary  detention over trumped up charges of inciting peaceful protests against austerity measures.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/egypt-arrests-raise-fears-of-fresh-crackdown-against-peaceful-critics/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypts-sisi-pardons-hundreds-prisoners-including-prominent-journalist

https://lawyersforlawyers.org/en/lawyers/haytham-mohamadeen/

https://www.liberte-algerie.com/international/nouvelle-vague-darrestations-de-militants-en-egypte-316132 (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE GETS UN SUPPORT FOR THE CASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER “EZZAT GHONEIM”

May 7, 2019

Committee for Justice gets updated UN support for its efforts towards establishing a proper climate for human rights work in Egypt and advocating for human rights and support for its defenders.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention announced at the Human Rights Council its support for the request submitted by “Committee for Justice” for the release of Egyptian human rights defender Ezzat Ghoneim and investigation of the violations he endured.

In the legal opinion No. 82/2018 published last month, the Working Group described the case of Ezzat Ghoneim as an arbitrary detention case which falls within the five categories of the UN arbitrary detention classification. This opinion was issued by consensus at the 83rd session of the Working Group.

The Working Group noted that the Egyptian rights activist, Ezzat Ghoneim, endured a first category  arrest, through being detained without proper legal basis in absence of the protection of law, which was followed by being enforcedly disappeared and not taken directly to an investigations judge to determine the legality of his detention.

It added that the case of Ezzat Ghoneim also applies to the second category of detention, since his arrest was a direct result of exercising his rights given that his activity is not considered a crime, and even if his accusation of spreading false news was true, in democratic societies this doesn’t justify his arrest.

Committee for Justice gets UN support for the case of human rights defender “Ezzat Ghoneim”

https://www.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session83/A_HRC_WGAD_2018_82.pdf&action=default&DefaultItemOpen=1

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/13/news/u/missing-lawyer-ezzat-ghoneim-appears-in-court-ordered-to-be-detained-for-45-days/

https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/detention/pages/wgadindex.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezzat_Ghoniem

https://www.wakatsera.com/egypte-faut-il-sacrifier-la-democratie-au-nom-de-la-stabilite/ (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: Egypt’s open-air prison

April 27, 2019

Egyptian authorities have arrested thousands in a crackdown on dissent, even its most benign forms. And some former prisoners are finding that they are not really free despite having been released.

Amal Fathy and Mohamed Lofty (privat photo)

Just before dawn on May 11 last year, Amal Fathy and her husband Mohammed Lotfy’s lives changed forever. As Amal was trying to get their young son to sleep, Lotfy heard a knock at the door. On the other side, a plainclothes security officer stood alongside a group of masked and heavily armed special forces. Lotfy let them in and invited them to sit down.

“The plainclothes security official pulled up a chair at the dining table. He said to me, ‘You must know why we are here,'” recalled Lotfy.

While Lotfy was working documenting human rights abuses with his organization, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, it had been Amal that was in danger, despite her having done no more than upload a video to social media complaining about sexual harassment she’d suffered during a visit to the bank. The video had gone viral, and smears about Amal, a former actress and activist, began to appear in the pro-government local media.

Still, said Lotfy, “I didn’t expect her to be arrested.” When the officers demanded that the couple come to the local police station, they found another dozen masked and armed special forces waiting outside their building who looked as though they were prepared to arrest hardened criminals.

https://www.dw.com/en/egypts-open-air-prison/a-48501989

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/2/64073/4-human-rights-leaders-accused-of-inciting-against-Egypt

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-court-orders-release-activist-amal-fathy

https://www.france24.com/en/20180929-egypt-convicts-activist-denounced-sexual-harassment

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/case/case-history-mohamed-lotfy (FRANCAIS)

http://kapitalis.com/tunisie/2019/04/26/tunis-evenement-de-soutien-aux-artistes-reprimes-par-letat-egyptien/ (FRANCAIS)

Egypt: African Rights Session Amid Dire Abuses

April 24, 2019

The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Union’s top rights body, will take place from April 24 to May 14 in Sharm al-Sheikh. (c) 2019 Private.

Egypt is hosting an Africa human rights session beginning April 24, 2019, while its government is presiding over the worst human rights crisis in the country in recent decades, 15 African, Egyptian, and international organizations said today.

The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Union’s top rights body, will take place from April 24 to May 14 in Sharm al-Sheikh. In addition to its systematic failure to respect and protect human rights at home, Egypt has also led efforts to undermine the commission’s independence. The commission should strongly raise Egypt’s human rights abuses at the meeting.

“Egypt is trying to appear like a country open for human rights delegates and sessions while, at the same time, crushing all dissenting voices and its once-vibrant human rights community,” said Michael page, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “We know that many Egyptian and international organizations are not allowed to work freely in Egypt and cannot voice concerns without severe retaliation from the government.”

In September 2017, officials stopped Ibrahim Metwally, a lawyer and co-founder of the Associations of the Families of the Disappeared, from traveling for meetings with UN officials in Geneva. Security agencies arrested him at the airport and held him incommunicado for a few days. He is still held in “pretrial detention” for farcical charges.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/24/egypt-african-rights-session-amid-dire-abuses

Egypt: African rights summit amid dire abuses

https://allafrica.com/stories/201904240279.html

The lawyer “Ibrahim Metwally” is facing deliberate medical negligence inside his imprisonment.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/giulio-regeni-torture-egypt-italian-government

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/egypt-italy-regeni-attorney-20-suspects-egyptian-officials.html

http://www.achpr.org/sessions/64th_os/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Metwaly

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/24/egypte-session-de-la-cadhp-dans-un-contexte-de-violations-de-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

https://www.atlasinfo.fr/Egypte-ouverture-de-la-64e-session-ordinaire-de-la-Commission-africaine-des-droits-de-l-Homme-et-des-peuples_a100067.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.achpr.org/fr/sessions/64th_os/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/ar/news/2019/04/24/329396 (ARABIC)

http://www.achpr.org/ar/sessions/64th_os/ (ARABIC)

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Ibrahim Metwally

Sudan/Egypt: 4 Sudanese lawyers denied visas by Egypt for African Commission for Human & Peoples’ Rights Session

April 19, 2019

The African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) 64th Session on and will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The host country’s embassies in Khartoum and Kampala refused to grant four Sudanese lawyers entry visas to participate: 1- Abdelrahman Mohamed Al Gasim /Kampala 2- Awad Basha Omer Kortikaila / Khartoum 3- Saeed Abdullah Sudan hubilla/ Khartoum 4- Nasreldein Musa Gomna Idris/ Khartoum This behavior has never happened at any previous session, all host countries are working hard to facilitate the travel of all participants.

http://www.achpr.org/sessions/64th_os/

http://www.achpr.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Commission_on_Human_and_Peoples%27_Rights

http://www.achpr.org/fr/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.achpr.org/ar/ (ARABIC)

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This week I am attending the 64 session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (#ACHPR64). A great number of defenders were unable to join us because they weren’t allowed to travel, could not obtain a visa from the Egyptian authorities or decided not to come for fear of reprisals. We have received more than 60 alleged cases of thiskind! This is not right!!! Human rights defenders should be able to participate in public life and to travel and participate in international meetings with international and regional organisations. These are rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

(UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst Facebook, 23/04/19)

Egypt/USA: Desperate To Secure Her Mother’s Release From Prison, Egyptian Woman Seeks U.S. Help

April 9, 2019

Through the hallways of Capitol Hill, Jihad Khaled, 26, was desperately bouncing from one meeting to another, talking to Congress members as well as human rights activists and major news outlets. She hoped her efforts would help get her mother, Hoda Abdelmoniem, 60, released from an Egyptian prison.

“Death is much better than imprisonment. Death is fate. But when you’re a political prisoner — that’s just injustice,” Khaled said in a recent interview with NPR.

Before dawn on Nov. 1, 2018, Khaled was in Doha, Qatar, when she woke up frantically to a phone ringing. She picked up to hear her sister’s voice panting. Their mother, Abdelmoniem, a prominent human rights lawyer and former member of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights, had been detained and taken to an undisclosed location by Egyptian state security forces after they raided her flat in Cairo.

“I felt numb. Frozen. I didn’t realize what was happening, but I knew it wasn’t something that can be solved in two days,” Khaled said.

Twenty days after her detention, Abdelmoniem appeared in court for the first time. She told her family that she was being detained in an undisclosed location. Her last appearance in court was on March 26. During the time between court hearings, none of her relatives knew her whereabouts.

Khaled said the family has now learned that Abdelmoniem is being held at al-Qanater women’s prison in Egypt’s Monufia province, north of Cairo.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/09/709456720/desperate-to-secure-her-mothers-release-from-prison-egyptian-woman-seeks-u-s-hel?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190410

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190119-amnesty-egypt-must-release-rights-activist-abdelmonem/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/9705/2019/en/

https://clarionproject.org/ilhan-omar-demands-release-of-muslim-brotherhood-senior-member/

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/11/18/egypte-arrestations-massives-davocats-et-dactivistes (FRANCAIS)