Egypt

In an unprecedented statement, over forty senior academics including more than a dozen former presidents of the most important professional association for scholars of the Arab and larger Muslim world, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), have signed a letter to US President Obama and Secretary State John Kerry calling for the Administration to demand the immediate release of blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah and other political detainees in Egypt, for Egyptian officials to suspend the protest law of 2013 and end the repression of free speech rights guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution and international law, and end the regime of violence, including torture and extra judicial execution, that still governs Egypt after the electoral victory of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as President. Even as Iraq is engulfed by violence and Syria continues its brutal civil war, these scholars and officials, with literally centuries of experience in Egypt and the broader region between them, warn that growing political violence in Egypt epitomized by the recent reimprisonment of Alaa Abdel Fattah and ongoing rights abuses, risks permanently destabilizing Egypt, and with it, the region more broadly. They call upon the Obama administration to suspend non-humanitarian military, security, political, and economic cooperation with Egypt until the government heeds these demands.

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The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights is shocked by today's decision by the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court to keep the organization's transitional justice officer, Yara Sallam, and 22 others behind bars, while their trial on charges of breaching the draconian protest law and other accusations including damaging property and displaying force continues. The charges relate to a peaceful protest on 21 June in the neighborhood of Heliopolis, which was forcibly dispersed by security forces aided by unknown assailants in civilian dress. 

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Africa is deeply concerned about the arrest and detention of human rights defenders in Egypt, including Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Rania El-Sheikh, Nahid Sherif, Fikreya Mohamed and Yara Sallam, a winner of the human rights defenders’ award for North Africa in October 2013.

On 21 June 2014, nine women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. 

On 21 June 2014, nine women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. 

وقوع علي الأقل 9 حالات اعتداءات جنسية واغتصاب بالآلات الحادة والأصابع الأسبوع الجاري

تابع الموقعون التعديلات القانونية الأخيرة في قانون العقوبات المرتبطة بجرائم لاعتداءات الجنسية ويؤكدون أن التعديل خطوة غير كافية لمحاسبة مرتكبي جرائم العنف الجنسي التي طالت على الأقل 500 ناجية خلال الفترة من فبراير 2011 إلى يناير 2014، والتي شملت اغتصابات جماعية واعتداءات جنسية جماعية بالآلات الحادة والأصابع، والآلاف من النساء اللاتي تعرضن إلى تحرش جنسي. إن التصدي لهذه الظاهرة يحتاج إلى إستراتيجية وطنية متكاملة لمكافحتها وتشريع قانوني شامل

كان نهار الجمعة دامياً في أسوان وأعقبه ليل شديد العتامة، حيث تصاعدت أبخرة البارود والنيران، وذلك في إطار نزاع قبلي عنيف بين النوبيين وقبيلة الهلايل في منطقة السيل الريفي، إثر مشادات حدثت يوم الأربعاء الماضي. إلا أن المعركة احتدمت وسقط في بداية النزاع ٤ نوبيين، بينهم سيدة، وأصيب ما يقرب من ٢٢ شخص، و ما زالت الأرقام في تصاعد حيث بلغت ٢٣ قتيلا من الطرفين مساء السبت.

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