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EOHR is following up on the investigations about the death of a citizen as a result of torture and calls for a national mechanism against torture.

September 16th, 2020 by Editor

The Public Prosecution of Southern Giza ordered the imprisonment of four police secretaries and the release of a police officer with 500 EGP bail pending investigations. The Public Prosecution said in a statement issued last Tuesday that it had received a notification from the police of a scuffle between two parties (four against two) with rocks, white weapons and other tools in Al-Madbah Street in Al-Munib District, Giza Governorate.
As a result, there were injuries in both groups and one of the quarrelers was killed. The deceased’s mother and sister accused the police officers who arrested him of killing him.
The Public Prosecution visited the scene of the incident to inspect it and question witnesses. It found five witnesses and kept the footage of the surveillance cameras installed in shops overlooking the side of the venue. The prosecution inspected the body of the deceased at Om Al-Masryeen hospital and found abrasions in separate places on his body.
The Public Prosecution assigned a medical examiner to conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of death, how it happened, and whether it can be conceived to have occurred as presented in the statements of witnesses and quarrelers in the investigations, which are being updated to be announced upon completion.
EHOR affirmed that torture is one of the most serious violations that a person can face, as it represents the humiliation of human dignity and the pain it causes for the victims, whether psychological or physical.
The international community has condemned torture as a crime against human dignity and the international law has categorically prohibited it regardless of the circumstances. It is one of the most heinous and cruel human rights violations, as it abuses the right to physical integrity. Torture leads to the degradation of human dignity and the death of the victim or their exposure to a permanent disability that prevents them from work normally.
The organization notes that many international conventions have emphasized the importance of this right, as it is the most supreme right of all. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated in the text of the third article that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person,” as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stated in the sixth article that “every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”. The Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17, 1979, stated that “Law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty.” EOHR calls for amending Egypt’s Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Law to conform to the Convention against Torture that Egypt has signed and has become a domestic law, as well as reviewing the referral of the suspects in cases of torture
in accordance with Article 129 of the Penal Code on the use of cruelty, which has a non-deterrent penalty. For his part, Dr. Hafez Abu Saada – Head of the EOHR – affirmed that torture is one of the crimes that must be completely eliminated because it violates the most basic human rights, which is the right of life, liberty and personal safety, especially since the 2014 constitution stipulated in Article 55 (the criminalization of torture and ill-treatment). Abu Saada called on the government to amend legislations on the crime of torture, which includes the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Law, to conform to the new Egyptian constitution and the Convention against Torture, so that the punishment is commensurate with the crime committed. He also called for the signing of the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture in order to establish a national mechanism to combat tortur

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Vacancy announcement

September 3rd, 2020 by Editor

Position: Intern Lawyer

Description:  As an Intern lawyer you are expected to carry out the following functions:

  1. As part of the field work unit the Legal Intern will examine and analyze petitions and complaints submitted to EOHR by citizens
    1. Delivering complaints to the Human Rights department of the Ministry of Interior
    1. Engaging in Litigation activities on behalf of EOHR
    1. Working on EOHR’s annual report on the human rights situation in Egypt along with other colleagues

Competencies:

  1. Fluency in English and Arabic
    1. Excellent Writing skills in English and Arabic
    1. Ability to conduct proper academic research
    1. Membership at the Lawyers Union is a must
    1. Degree in Law
    1. Proficiency in using Microsoft Office
    1. Ability to draft proper reports, press releases and research papers
    1. Knowledge of International Human Rights Instruments
    1. Preferable to have at least 1 year of working experience with an NGO or an International Organization
    1. Ability to Work under pressure

Deadline: 20/09/2020

Interested applicants should send their CVs to the following Emails, Osman91@aucegypt.edu and eohr@link.net and applicants should indicate which position they are applying for in their emails.. candidates who fail to do so will be disqualified.

Note: Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Vacancy announcement

September 3rd, 2020 by Editor

Position: Intern Researcher

Description: As an International Relations Coordinator you are expected to carry out the following functions:

  1. Drafting research papers in both Arabic and English on subjects relating to human rights in Egypt and the Arab region
    1. Monitoring and analyzing reports issued by The UN Agencies and other international and regional organizations on human rights in Egypt
    1. Working on EOHR’s annual report on the human rights situation in Egypt along with other colleagues

Competencies:

  1. Fluency in English and Arabic
    1. Excellent Writing skills in English and Arabic
    1. Ability to conduct proper academic research
    1. Degree in Political Science, Law or a related field
    1. Proficiency in using Microsoft Office
    1. Ability to draft proper reports, press releases and research papers
    1. Knowledge of International Human Rights Instruments
    1. Preferable to have at least 1 year of working experience with an NGO or an International Organization
    1. Ability to Work under pressure

Deadline: 20/09/2020

Interested applicants should send their CVs to the following Emails, Osman91@aucegypt.edu and eohr@link.net and applicants should indicate which position they are applying for in their emails.. candidates who fail to do so will be disqualified. Note: Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Vacancy announcement

September 3rd, 2020 by Editor

Position: International Relations Coordinator

Description: As an International Relations Coordinator you are expected to carry out the following functions:

  1. Preparing project proposals for EOHR
    1. Communicating and corresponding with EOHR’s foreign partners and stakeholders
    1. Translating documents from Arabic to English and vice versa
    1.   Drafting EOHR’s English statements and press releases
    1. Drafting research papers in both Arabic and English on subjects relating to human rights in Egypt and the Arab region
    1. Logistical support to delegations traveling abroad to represent EOHR at international conferences

Competencies:

  1. Fluency in English and Arabic
    1. Excellent Writing skills in English and Arabic
    1. Ability to conduct proper academic research
    1. Degree in Political Science, Law or a related field
    1. Proficiency in using Microsoft Office
    1. Ability to draft proper reports, press releases and research papers
    1. Knowledge of International Human Rights Instruments
    1. At least 1 year of working experience with an NGO or an International Organization
    1. Ability to Work under pressure

Deadline: 20/09/2020

Interested applicants should send their CVs to the following Emails, Osman91@aucegypt.edu and eohr@link.net and applicants should indicate which position they are applying for in their emails.. candidates who fail to do so will be disqualified.

Note: Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights A report on the death of Journalist Mohamed Mounir

July 26th, 2020 by Editor

Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Egypt, fears have risen regarding the spread of the virus in Egyptian prisons. After the Ministry of health announced the suspension of all events that entail large gatherings, the Ministry of Interior announced the suspension of prison visits due to the pandemic. In a meeting between the Director of the Prison Authority General Hisham Al Baradie and the National Council for Human Rights, the General displayed all the measures taken by the Prison Authority to sanitize prison cells, as well medical check-ups and Covid-19 tests for inmates. General Baradie stated before that not a single case of Covid-19 was reported in Egyptian prison and that the authorities have released since March 2020 over 13,000 prisoners. For this reason EOHR paid close attention to the developments of the case of Mohamed Mounir since the first day of his arrest, and EOHR urged the authorities to release him immediately. Once Mr. Mounir was released he announced through a video he recorded that he was infected with Covid-19 according to the diagnosis of his personal physician Dr. Alaa Awad, and he implored the president of the press syndicate, his friends and his brother journalist Hazem Mounir to help transfer his to hospital. Indeed Mr. Mounir’s pleas did not go unheard and he was taken to Um Al Masryeen hospital.

Mr. Mounir’s death by Covid-19 caused widespread controversy, as it was rumoured that he got infected in Prison which prompted EOHR to make all the necessary efforts to uncover the facts surrounding the case.

Who is Mohamed Mounir

  • Writer and journalist born in 1955. He began journalistic work in 1998 in Al-Ahaly newspaper.
  • He issued a book, he also wrote many articles, and received many awards and honours from various places
  • On July 2, the State Security Prosecution released the journalist, Mohamed Mounir, who was charged in case No. 535 after being arrested and held for fifteen days under preventive detention.

Hazem Mounir’s testimony regarding his Brother’s death

After a few hours of my brother’s arrest, a security convoy took him to the Supreme State Security Prosecution for interrogation, and issued a decision to put him in custody for 15 days pending case No. 535 of 2020.

From the headquarters of the State Security Prosecution in Nasr City, my late brother moved to a police station in the middle of Giza Governorate, where he spent his first night at a detention area specified for the elderly. Afterwards thanks to the efforts of the President of the Press Syndicate my brother was transferred to Al Haram Hospital to carry out the necessary medical examinations due to his health problems.

Mohamed Mounir has been held in the police station for the duration of his initial pre-trial detention, and throughout this period his daughters, his legal defence  team and myself we had  no complains regarding any harassment or prevention from daily visits (and sometimes two or three visits per day) or delivering his basic needs and requirements like Medicine, food, clothes, and all the sterilization tools. We were even allowed to provide my brother with fan due to the hot weather.

During this period, my brother was complaining about some health problems, caused by the place of detention, especially with the diseases that he was suffering from (and will be mentioned later) and it was a real problem for us and for fear of causing any harm to him, but we overcame these problems, thanks to the good treatment and good response of those in charge of the place of detention.

Before the first pre-trial detention period ended, my brother was summoned again to the investigation authorities, who decided to renew his imprisonment for an additional 15 days, and my brother went to Al-Haram Hospital, where a medical check-up was administered on him before he was transferred to the Tora Prison Hospital, where the second stage of the circumstances of my brother’s death, had begun on July 1st and ended with his release, the following day on July 2nd.

Immediately upon his arrival at Tora Prison Hospital, he underwent medical examinations, which took him an hour and a half, and my brother told me that the check-up was at the best level, and the doctor told him that he was “afraid” that he had a “stroke in the heart – which necessitates completing the exams – according to what he said. My brother remained in the hospital with another prisoner in one room, and never entered the prison itself.

The next day, immediately after his arrival at the hospital, I received a call informing me of the release of my brother, and I went to Tora Prison to take him and leave after finishing the necessary procedures that took nearly three hours or a little less.

Here we have a pause and state the following facts:

  1. First: Mohamed Mounir did not set foot in the prison, and he spent the night in Tora Hospital, and anyone who ever visited a prison inmate knows the spatial difference between the prison itself and the hospital building, although the two are in the same walled compound, there is no mixing whatsoever between the two buildings, and my brother only spent a night in the hospital.
  2. We stayed throughout the waiting period for the completion of the release procedures, inside the officers’ room, in the presence of all of them, talking and smoking and drinking tea and juice. If my brother had Covid-19 at the time, and the decision to release him was issued for this reason, how could the officers sit with us in the same room for about three hours while knowing the my brother had Covid-19.
  3. During a conversation between him and myself while we were waiting for the finalization of the procedures, my brother spoke of the good treatment he received from everyone in the Tora complex and at the hospital where he stayed. He even surprised the officers with his usual wit, when he appreciated the fava beans that he had this morning . I then escorted him and my family to his home, where he made some calls on the way to the Honourable colleague, the president of the press syndicate, the journalist Diaa Rashwan, to reassure him about the conditions, and to inform him of some medical problems that need urgent treatment, especially the stroke in the heart that the doctor of the Tora Hospital warned of. And Rashwan  pledged to take the required measures immediately.

According to the medical death certificate, the immediate cause of Mr. Mounir’s death was caused by:

  • Cardiac muscle stops.
    • A severe decrease in the blood oxygen level.
    • Infection with Covid-19

After examining these facts EOHR notes that Mr. Mohamed Mounir was held in the ward of detainees inside the Tora Prison Complex for only one day and spent the rest of the duration of his stay at the Tora Hospital.

EOHR also notes Mr. Mounir’s praise for his good treatment during a four-day detention at the police station as he spent them at an area specified for the elderly.

EOHR notes that Mr. Mounir’s defence attorney and his family we allowed to visit him and provide him with all his basic needs.

EOHR also noted that Mr. Mounir received medical check-ups and examinations at both Al Haram Hospital and the Tora hospital due to the medical problems he suffered from.

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EOHR urges the public prosecutor to make guarantees for the protection of the reputation of victims of sexual harassment and their families.

July 7th, 2020 by Editor

EOHR urges the public prosecutor to make guarantees for the protection of the reputation of victims of sexual harassment and their families. 

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) urges the Public Prosecutor to make more efforts to protect the reputation of girls who were subjected to sexual harassment during the proceedings of investigations. Victims and their families fear the risk of scandal and tarnishing of their honour and reputation due to such investigations and therefor the Public Prosecution must ensure secrecy and respect for privacy during such investigations in order for them to bear fruit.

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EOHR calls for immediate action to ensure the safety of Egyptian citizens in Libya

June 15th, 2020 by Editor

EOHR calls for immediate action to ensure the safety of Egyptian citizens in Libya

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the arbitrary detention of Egyptian workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna by forces loyal to the government of national accord.

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Terrorism Observatory EOHR urges the International Community to impose sanctions on the State of Qatar on account of its support for terrorism and the deceptive narrative of its media outlets.

May 21st, 2020 by Editor

Terrorism Observatory

EOHR urges the International Community to impose sanctions on the State of Qatar on account of its support for terrorism and the deceptive narrative of its media outlets.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns Qatari interference in the affairs of other countries through supporting terrorism by financial means and or propaganda. EOHR noticed lately that a writer defended Egyptian terrorist Hesham Ashmawi through Al Jazeera network; this writer described Ashmawi as a person who chose the path of armed resistance instead of describing him as simply being a terrorist. Al Jazeera did not issue an apology for posting such material and did not hold accountable the person responsible for allowing this to be posted. Al Jazeera did in fact run interviews with leading Islamic State militants active in the Sinai Peninsula and even attended their training drills and all was aired on the Satellite TV channel. 

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Editor in Chief of Mada Masr released on bail

May 17th, 2020 by Editor

The Maadi Prosecution Office released the Editor in chief of Mada Masr Lina Attallah after paying bail which amounted to 2000 EGP.

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(EOHR) mourns the death of Colonel Mohamed Fawzy

April 15th, 2020 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) mourns the death of Colonel Mohamed Fawzy – an NSA officer – who killed during armed clashes with terrorist elements in Al Amiriya district in Norther Cairo. The terrorist cell was secretly based at an apartment in Al Amirirya and they plotted to launch attacks against citizens and police personel.

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