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Egypt/Prix Martin Ennals: Egypte: Mohamed Zaree,lauréat du «Nobel des droits de l’Homme», risque la prison

October 13, 2017

Mohamed Zaree

Le juriste Mohamed Zaree, fervent défenseur des libertés d’expression en Egypte, a remporté le 10 octobre 2017 le prix Martin Ennals, l’une des plus prestigieuses récompenses dans le domaine des droits de l’Homme. Le lauréat n’a pas été autorisé à se rendre à Genève pour recevoir sa distinction.

Mohamed Zaree, directeur du bureau égyptien de l’Institut du Caire pour les études sur les droits humains (CIHRS), n’a pas le droit de quitter le territoire égyptien depuis mai 2016. L’activiste égyptien est sous le coup d’une enquête judiciaire qui pourrait lui valoir une lourde peine. «Les chefs d’inculpation dont je fais l’objet suffiraient à m’envoyer en prison pour 25 ans», explique-t-il dans une vidéo diffusée lors de la remise du prix Martin Ennals. C’est sa femme qui a fait le déplacement en Suisse pour réceptionner le prix décerné par une dizaine d’organisations internationales comme Amnesty ou Human Rights Watch.

Les ONG sous pression 
Mohamed Zaree, 34 ans, est accusé de bénéficier de fonds étrangers. Sous la pression des autorités, le siège de son organisation de défense des droits de l’Homme a été transféré à Tunis en 2014. L’activiste égyptien a choisi de rester dans le pays pour mener le combat de la liberté malgré les menaces de mort et les intimidations. Une nouvelle loi promulguée en mai 2017 par le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi impose des restrictions sans précédent aux ONG.

http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/egypte-mohamed-zareelaureat-du-nobel-des-droits-de-l-homme-risque-la-prison-163799

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/mohamed-zaree-prix-martin-ennals-pour-les-defenseurs-2017

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/press-release/mohamed-zaree-selected-2017-laureate-martin-ennals-award-human-rights-defenders

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/events/article/human-rights-bestowal-of-martin-ennals-award-10-10-17 (ENGLISH)

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/hrd/mohamed-zaree/ (ENGLISH)

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Egypt/Martin Ennals Human Rights Award: Mohamed Zaree, facing life imprisonment in Egypt, wins Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

October 10, 2017

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) proudly announces that the director of its Egypt office, Mohamed Zaree, is the recipient of the 2017 Martin Ennals Award, a prestigious international award for human rights defenders from the Martin Ennals Foundation.  The award is dedicated to prominent human rights defenders who face great personal risks and dangers. Zaree emphasized that he viewed this honor not as a recognition of his work alone, but as a “recognition of the tens of thousands of Egyptian citizens who have been tortured, imprisoned, disappeared or killed over the last 6 years. Killed for nothing more than standing up to corruption and tyranny through peaceful means.”

Zaree was one of three finalists, along with Karla Avelar (El Salvador) and Free the 5 Defenders (Cambodia), selected in April from among hundreds of human rights defenders around the world. Today, October 10, 2017, at the awards ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the panel of ten judges representing major human rights organizations around the world,[1]announced it had chosen Zaree as this year’s laureate. Zaree could not attend the ceremony due to a travel ban from the Egyptian authorities.

The award was granted in recognition of Zaree’s leading role in advocating for the freedom of association and expression and his coordination of joint action among independent Egyptian rights organizations. Zaree risks life imprisonment and has been banned from travel, while the assets of the his Egypt office as well as those of CIHRS director Bahey eldin Hassan  have been frozen. Kate Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave the award to Zaree’s family, who accepted it on his behalf.

http://www.cihrs.org/?p=20395&lang=en

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/2017-martin-ennals-award-human-rights-defenders-goes-mohamed-zaree/

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http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-5-passed-over-award

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http://nationalpost.com/g00/pmn/news-pmn/major-human-rights-award-goes-to-egyptian-facing-prosecution?i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmZyLw%3D%3D

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/2017-martin-ennals-award-human-rights-defenders-goes-mohamed-zaree

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/statements/2017/10/d24571/

http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1705

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http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

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https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/droits-humains_en-egypte–comme-ailleurs–les-d%C3%A9fenseurs-des-libert%C3%A9s-sont-lentement-asphyxi%C3%A9s/43585592 (FRANCAIS)

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https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/mohamed-zaree-remporte-le-prix-martin-ennals-pour- (FRANCAIS)

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http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1706 (ARABIC)

http://www.memleket.com.tr/misirli-insan-haklari-aktivistine-martin-ennals-odulu-1232007h.htm (TURKCE)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2017/10/11/il-premio-martin-ennals-al-difensore-dei-diritti-umani-egiziano-mohamed-zaree/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.24matins.de/topnews/pol/aegyptischer-jurist-und-menschenrechtler-saree-erhaelt-martin-ennals-preis-54393 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/menschenrechtspreis_das-langsame-sterben-der-aegyptischen-menschenrechtler/43587808 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.dn.pt/lusa/interior/advogado-egipcio-mohamed-zaree-recebe-premio-de-direitos-humanos-martin-ennals-8832987.html(PORTUGUES)

https://khmer.voanews.com/a/adhoc-activists-awarded-martin-ennals-prize/4064548.html (KHMER)

Egypt/Martin Ennals Human Rights Award: 2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders goes to Egyptian activist Mohamed Zaree

October 10, 2017

Selected by a jury of 10 global human rights organizations, including the ICJ, Mohamed Zaree is a devoted human rights activist and legal scholar whose work focuses on human rights advocacy around freedom of expression and association.

Mohamed Zaree is also known for his role as the Egypt Country Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), which works throughout the Arabic speaking world.

He assumed this role after government pressure on CIHRS prompted them to relocate their headquarters to Tunis in 2014.

The Egyptian government has been escalating its pressure on the human rights movement.

Human rights NGOs and defenders are confronted with a growing wave of threats, harassment, and intimidation, legal and otherwise.

Despite this, Mohamed Zaree is leading CIHRS’ research, human rights education, and national advocacy initiatives in Egypt and is shaping the media debate on human rights issues.

During this critical period for civil society, he is also leading the Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights NGOs, a network aiming to unify human rights groups in advocacy.

Zaree’s initiatives have helped NGOs to develop common approaches to human rights issues in Egypt.

https://www.icj.org/2017-martin-ennals-award-for-human-rights-defenders-goes-to-egyptian-activist-mohamed-zaree/

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/press-release/mohamed-zaree-selected-2017-laureate-martin-ennals-award-human-rights-defenders

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4967076/Major-human-rights-award-goes-Egyptian-facing-prosecution.html

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/2017-martin-ennals-award-for-human-rights-defenders-goes-to-mohamed-zaree/

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Oct-10/422207-major-human-rights-award-goes-to-egyptian-facing-prosecution.ashx

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/egyptian-legal-scholar-wins-top-rights-prize-165320789.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4967226/Egyptian-legal-scholar-wins-rights-prize.html

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-rights/egyptian-activist-wins-international-human-rights-award-idUKKBN1CF2F5

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/10/10/2017/Egyptian-activist-wins-international-human-rights-award

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/10/major-human-rights-award-goes-to-egyptian-facing-prosecution.html

http://en.prothom-alo.com/international/news/162571/Egyptian-legal-scholar-wins-top-rights-prize

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-10/egyptian-activist-wins-international-human-rights-award

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/major-human-rights-award-egyptian-facing-prosecution-50393511

http://www.chieftain.com/news/human-rights-honor-goes-to-egyptian-banned-from-travel/article_e3ac451b-65f4-54eb-aa67-d820223c64b3.html

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/10/10/2017/Egyptian-activist-wins-international-human-rights-award

http://gazette.com/major-human-rights-award-goes-to-egyptian-facing-prosecution/article/feed/500623

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

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

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/10/2017-martin-ennals-award-for-human-rights-defenders-goes-to-mohamed-zaree/ (ESPANOL)

Egypt/Martin Ennals Human Rights Prize: Meet the civil rights defender that Egypt doesn’t want you to know about

October 9, 2017

At an awards ceremony on Tuesday in Geneva, dignitaries from the United Nations and the Swiss government, along with diplomats and members of the international human rights community, will come together to recognize the work of human rights defenders worldwide at risk of persecution.

But one seat will be notably empty: that of Mohamed Zaree.

Egyptian activist Zaree is one of three finalists for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award — often called “the Nobel Prize for human rights” for its global scope and recognition. It’s named after Amnesty International’s esteemed former secretary-general.

Zaree will not be present to find out if he has been selected the winner by a jury comprising representatives from 10 leading international rights organizations, including Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. He can’t leave Egypt because he was slapped with a travel ban by the Egyptian government last year.

Still, the 37-year-old activist says he’s very grateful to be nominated for the award, if anything for the extra security it could potentially give him by raising his profile abroad.

“Being recognized in a prestigious award,” Zaree said in an interview with PRI, “this is a kind of protection.”

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-10-09/meet-civil-rights-defender-egypt-doesn-t-want-you-know-about

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/266587/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-lawyer-Mohamed-Zaree-among-finalists-for-.aspx

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/04/26/egyptian-among-finalists-for-worldwide-prestigious-human-rights-award/

http://www.martinennalsaward.org/martin-ennals-foundation-calls-egyptian-authorities-lift-mohamed-zarees-travel-ban/

This year’s Martin Ennals Award ceremony is today!
Join us at 6PM, Uni Dufour, at Auditorium Jean Piaget (U-600). Meet the finalists or their representants, learn about their work, and contribute to their protection! The ceremony is open to public and the entry is free.

You are not in Geneva? Don’t worry, you can follow the live streaming right here on our Facebook page.

Show your support: come to the ceremony or watch our Facebook live, leave a comment or a like.

Each year, the jury of 10 International Human Rights NGOs selects the Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award. This award provides the finalists and laureates protective publicity to continue their work, as well as opens doors to high level discussion on human rights.

The annual ceremony takes place in Geneva, in October, in association with the City of Geneva.

The Martin Ennals Award takes its name from Martin Ennals, Secretary General of Amnesty International between 1968 and 1980. He was active in the creation of HURIDOCS, SOS Torture (later called the World Organisation Against Torture), Defense for Children International, Article 19, and finally International Alert.

(Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Facebook)

http://www.martinennalsaward.org

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Egypt: Egyptian women’s rights lawyer Azza Soliman honored by committee of Allard Prize for International Integrity

October 2, 2017

Azza Soliman

The committee of the Allard Prize for International Integrity has honored Egyptian women’s rights lawyer and co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), Azza Soliman, for her “life dedicated to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.”

Soliman’s honoring came as she placed among three finalists for the prize who were selected following a comprehensive review of 244 nominations received from 70 countries.

As a co-founder and current trustee of CEWLA, Soliman has operated numerous campaigns to to raise awareness of women’s issues in Egypt and to promote gender equality through legislative reform over the past 25 years.

At a ceremony held on September 28 at the University of British Columbia, Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani anti-corruption investigative journalist, was announced the CAD $100,000 Allard Prize winner for 2017.

The two other finalists, Soliman of Egypt and an organization known as the “Car Wash Task Force” (Força Tarefa da Lava Jato), a Brazilian anti-corruption prosecutors’ group, were granted CAD $10,000 awards in their efforts in “fighting corruption and protecting human rights.”

The annual award, which is administered by the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, is decided by a committee composed of representatives of both the Allard School of Law and from the private sector.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/278144/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-womens-rights-lawyer-Azza-Soliman-honored.aspx

http://www.voiceonline.com/azerbaijani-ismayilova-international/

http://www.allardprize.org/

https://secure.amnesty.nl/petitie_soliman (NEDERLANDS)

https://noticias.uol.com.br/politica/ultimas-noticias/2017/10/04/o-pt-se-vitimiza-muito-mais-diz-chefe-da-forca-tarefa-da-lava-jato.htm (PORTUGUES)

Egypt: Human Rights lawyer Mohammed Zaree a finalist for Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

October 6, 2017

Bonjour/Hello! Today we are sharing with you a preview of Mohamed Zaree‘s film portrait. He is one of our finalists. The full version will be aired on 10th October during the MEA ceremony at the University of Geneva, which is open to the public. #Egypt #FreedomOfAssociation

(Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Facebook)

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 Organisé par la Ville de Genève et la Fondation Martin Ennals, le Prix Martin Ennals, créé en 1993, a pour objectif d’offrir une protection immédiate aux défenseur-e-s des droits humains, par la médiatisation de leur situation. Le Prix contribue également à l’amélioration de leurs conditions de travail à travers un soutien financier.

Considérée comme le « prix Nobel des droits humains », cette récompense est attribuée chaque année à une personne qui s’illustre de manière exceptionnelle dans le combat contre la violation des droits humains par des moyens courageux et innovants, souvent au péril de sa vie.

Trois finalistes sont choisi-e-s en mars par la communauté internationale desdroits humains (voir ci-dessous la composition du Jury du Prix), et le ou la lauréat-e reçoit le Prix en octobre lors d’une cérémonie. Ouverte au public, cette cérémonie est organisée par la Ville de Genève. Depuis 2013, elle s’inscrit dans le cadre de la Semaine des droits humains organisée à l’Université de Genève.

De courts documentaires sur la vie des finalistes seront projetés lors de cette soirée. Celle-ci se terminera par un apéritif offert par la Ville de Genève au cours duquel le public pourra interagir avec la communauté genevoise et internationale des droits humains.

Le Prix Martin Ennals est rendu possible grâce à une collaboration unique des dix plus importantes organisations non-gouvernementales au monde actives dans la protection des droits humains. Le jury est composé de : Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture (OMCT), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights First, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), HURIDOCS et EWDE Allemagne.

Pour plus d’information et inscription à la cérémonie: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

Rencontre avec Karla Avelar le mercredi 11 octobre.

#Ennals2017

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Organized by the City of Geneva and the Martin Ennals Foundation, the Martin Ennals Award, created in 1993, aims to provide immediate protection to human rights defenders through widespread media coverage of their work. The award also contributes to the improvement of their working conditions through financial support.

Considered the “Nobel Prize for human rights”, this award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the fight against human rights violations in a courageous and innovative way, often risking his or her life.

Three finalists are chosen in March by the international human rights community (see below the Jury), and the winner receives the award in October at a ceremony. Open to the public, this ceremony is organized by the City of Geneva. Since 2013 it is part of the Human Rights Week held at the University of Geneva.

Short documentaries on the finalists and their work will be screened during the event. Following the event, the City of Geneva will host a reception, during which the public will be able to interact with the Geneva and international human rights community.

The Martin Ennals Award is possible thanks to a unique collaboration of the world’s ten largest non-governmental organizations active in the protection of human rights. The Jury consists of: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights First, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), HURIDOCS and EWDE Germany.

For further information and registration to attend the ceremony: http://www.martinennalsaward.org/

Meet Karla Avelar on Wednesday October 11: https://www.facebook.com/events/164758884074627/ Rencontre avec Karla Avelar

#Ennals2017

Egypt: Human Rights Council condemns reprisals amidst unprecedented rate of cases in MENA region

October 6, 2017

Xinhua/SIPA USA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

Closing its 36th session on September 29, 2017, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution strongly condemning acts of intimidation and reprisals against those who cooperate with the United Nations. Among the 19 states that abstained from the resolution were Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

This resolution followed the presentation of a report to the HRC on September 20, in which UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres cited 29 countries where individuals have been subjected to reprisals for reporting human rights violations to UN mechanisms. No less than a third of these countries are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Over the past year, human rights defenders in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates faced reprisals for daring to speak up at the UN level against their government’s abuses. They suffered from various forms of reprisals, ranging from asset freezes and travel bans to arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearance, and in some cases, torture.

During his speech before the HRC, Gilmour highlighted the case of Ebrahim Metwally, an Egyptian lawyer arrested at Cairo International Airport on September 10 while en route to Geneva to meet with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).

Metwally was charged with “spreading lies” and “conspiracy with foreign entities, including the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.” The UN letter of invitation was included in the evidence held against him.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/in-s-osman/human-rights-council-Egypt-SaudiArabia-UAE-MENA-UN

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/egyptian-regime-counters-opposition-consensus-candidate.html