Archive for March, 2010

At the end of a seminar entitled “What’s after Geneva”Forming a national committee to follow up the Government’s implementation of the recommendations of UN Human Rights Council.

March 31st, 2010 by Editor

At the end of a seminar entitled” What’s after Geneva” which was held by EOHR at Pyramiza hotel on Tuesday

30/3/2010, a number of representatives of political parties, members of the parliament, editors in chief of newspapers, human rights activists, trade unionists called  the government for the immediate implementation of the recommendations approved by UN Human Rights Council within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review of human rights for the file of Egypt on the status of human rights,  stressing the importance of the government to set a timetable and specific mechanisms for the implementation of those recommendations, calling for the government at the same time  to accept the 25 recommendations which were postponed for consideration until next of June (25 recommendations) and to review the imposed recommendations, which  related to essential files such as (emergency, torture and  going to meet Special Rapporteurs). Read the rest of this entry »

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A statement by the Coalition of Freeing Civil Work in Egypt during the press conference

March 28th, 2010 by Editor

The human rights organizations which signed this statement express their deepest worries on  the new bill of NGOs prepared by the Ministry of Social Solidarity which brought it before  the Council of Ministers for approval, in the preparation for submitting it to People’s Assembly and Shura Council. They confirmed that the bill ignored the recommendations concerned with NGOs’ law issued by UN Human Rights Council within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review for Egypt‘s file on the situation of human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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A press conference for “The Coalition of Freeing Civil Work in Egypt” next Sunday

March 24th, 2010 by Editor

A number of representatives of human rights organizations agreed to hold a press  conference on Sunday, 28/3/2010 at 12:00 PM  at EOHR’s office  in order to declare the establishment of “The Coalition of Freeing Civil Work in Egypt  and to clarify its goals and mechanisms. Read the rest of this entry »

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For defending the right to assembly and association

March 23rd, 2010 by Editor

Announcing the establishment of  “The Coalition of Freeing Civil Work in Egypt

A number of human rights organizations came together on Monday, 22.3.2010 at EOHR’s office to discuss the bill of NGOs prepared by the Ministry of Social Solidarity which brought it before  the Council of Ministers for approval, in the preparation for submitting it to People’s Assembly and Shura Council. They confirmed that the bill ignored the recommendations concerned with NGOs’ law issued by UN Human Rights Council within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review for Egypt‘s file on the situation of human rights. Also the bill violated the Constitution and  international covenants on human rights, particularly on freedom of assembly and association, declaring the establishment of “The Coalition of Freeing Civil Work in EgyptRead the rest of this entry »

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EOHR holds a seminar entitled” Egypt … The impacts of 28 years of emergency on the situation of human rights” next Wednesday

March 21st, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights( EOHR) will hold  a seminar entitled” Egypt … The impacts of 28 years of emergency on the situation of human rights” on Wednesday, 24/3/2010 at 5:00 PM at EOHR’s office. The seminar will include a group of law professors, members of People’s Assembly and Shura Council and representatives of political parties and civil society activists. Read the rest of this entry »

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National demands to appoint women to judicial posts

March 17th, 2010 by Editor

At the end of a seminar entitled” Rejecting the appointment of women to judicial posts” which was held by EOHR on Tuesday 16/3/2010 at its office,  a number of judges, representatives of the parliament and human rights activists expressed their appreciation for the Egyptian State Council for  its role in the protection of freedoms,  expressing their hopes to appoint women in judicial posts in accordance with the regulations and rules of its General Assembly to achieve the principle of equality among citizens.  Participants confirmed their rejection to interfere into judicial affairs or to violate  its independency, and they called for appointing women to judicial posts through judges not  through the executive power and the National Council For Women. Read the rest of this entry »

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Egypt upholds death penalty policy in disregard of international recommendations

March 17th, 2010 by Editor

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) deplore that a few weeks after the UN Human Rights Council, in the framework of the “Universal Periodic Review”, called upon Egypt to “issue a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing it”, two executions have been carried out in Cairo on March 11th 20101. Read the rest of this entry »

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EOHR holds a seminar entitled “Rejecting the appointment of women to judicial posts in Egypt” next Tuesday

March 14th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights will hold a seminar entitled “Rejecting the appointment of women to judicial posts in Egypt”, on Tuesday 16/3/2010 at 5:00 PM at EOHR’s office. The seminar will include a group of judges of Council of   State, members of People’s Assembly and Shura council, representatives of political parties, human rights activists and a group of experts and judges. Read the rest of this entry »

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EOHR submits a new bill for NGOs to the President and People’s Assembly

March 9th, 2010 by Editor

EOHR submitted a new bill for NGOs on Tuesday  9/3/2010 instead of Law No. 84 of 2002 to the President of the republic and People’s Assembly,  in accordance with the international covenants concerned with human rights  especially with regard to the right to association. Read the rest of this entry »

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Following the Statement of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights: 14 Egyptian NGOs Demand a Halt of Migrant Killings on Israel Borders

March 4th, 2010 by Editor

 

Fourteen Egyptian human rights groups today expressed their full support of the statement issued by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights which condemned the Egyptian security forces for killing up to 60 migrants on the Egyptian side of the borders with Israeli since mid 2007.The NGOs strongly condemned the statement made by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which pointed that the fatalities “did not exceed 2% in 2008 and 4% in 2009 of the total number of illegal crossers”. The NGOs considered the government’s acknowledgement of such a high number of killings calls for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of their murder. The NGOs stated that the understatement of such a high percentage of fatalities is a reason for serious concern.

In her statement issued on 2 March, the High Commissioner Ms. Navi Pillay (a renowned international judge from South Africa) expressed her astonishment at the high number of fatalities on the borders when there is no indication that any of the killed migrants were armed or that they opened fire at the Egyptian security forces:


“I know of no other country where so many unarmed migrants and asylum seekers appear to have been deliberately killed in this way by government forces… the sheer number of victims suggests that at least some Egyptian security officials have been operating a shoot-to-kill policy. It is unlikely that so many killings would occur otherwise. Sixty killings can hardly be an accident.”


The high commissioner urged the government to order an immediate halt  of the use of “lethal force” against migrants, and to open an independent and credible  investigation into the killings that have occurred in the past 30 months.

The statement of the High Commissioner noted that most of the killings occurred after the Egyptian government agreed with Israel on tightening the security measures of securing the borders, and that most of the victims were sub-Saharan African migrants including a number of women and at least one child. She added:

“There needs to be clarity about what has occurred, what policies have been applied to migrants trying to cross this border, and what specific orders have been given to security forces patrolling the area … The fact that this is a very sensitive border, and a restricted military zone, is no excuse. Security forces are only permitted to use lethal force when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”

In preemption to the High Commissioner’s statement, the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Organizations issued a statement on 1 March defending the behavior of the Egyptian security forces. The government statement deliberately confused African migrants and organized armed gangs which exchange fire with the Egyptian border security across the border. The government statement acknowledged that Egyptian security forces killed 56 immigrants in less than 18 months (from the beginning of 2008 until 1 June 2009) without  providing any details on the circumstances of their deaths or if those responsible for their shooting where ever investigated.

Among the recommendations that the Egyptian government accepted and pledged to implement during the consideration of Egypt under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council on 19 February 2010 was to “require that the police act with restraint when not directly threatened.” (Recommendation 118). At least one African migrant was killed since the endorsement of this recommendation, which brings the number of killings to at least 9 migrants since the beginning of this year.

The 14 NGOs called on the Egyptian government to immediately stop the killing of migrant and to open a serious and independent investigation to determine the reasons for the high number of fatalities and to prosecute those responsible for them.

 

 

 

 

 
Signatories
1. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
2. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
3. Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
4. Group for Human Rights Legal Aid
5. Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence
6. Egyptian Association for the Enhancement of Community Participation
7. Human Rights Association for the Assistance of Prisoners
8. Arab Penal Reform Organization
9. Land Center for Human Rights
10. Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression
11. Arab Network for Human Rights Information12. Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services
13. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Non-Violence Studies
14. Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

 

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