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Egyptian human rights groups join forces to express concern over protests that have turned violent in Cairo's Muqattam district on 22 March 2013.
The Egyptian government is repressing civil society organisations' right to freely carry out their activities by introducing a law that requires government approval of all foreign funding of domestic NGOs.
President Mohamed Morsi now possesses authorities beyond those enjoyed by any president or monarch in Egypt’s modern history, say rights groups.
Egyptian human rights organizations were recently excluded from participating in a meeting the President had with civil society groups.
The Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations launched a campaign to evaluate the performance of the president-elect during his first 100 days in office on human rights issues, including freedom of expression.
The interior minister to release all Emergency Law detainees or refer them to prosecutors to be charged, and ask the public prosecutor to transfer all Emergency State Security Court (ESSC) trials to regular civilian courts, says Human Rights Watch.
The new Constitution is on the verge of being drafted and ARTICLE 19 has produced a comprehensive policy brief outlining how the new Constitution should protect the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information In order to support the forthcoming work of the drafters.
CIHRS, ANHRI, EOHR, and other rights organisations applaud the Supreme Judicial Council for instigating an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case, and recommend that the findings of the investigation be made public.
"A clear policy of zero tolerance should be adopted by the international community and private companies concerning the cutting off of communications systems at anytime, for any reason," argued CIHRS.
The organisation has written to the prime minister, bringing to his attention 35 cases of journalists who were attacked when protesters clashed with the military and police.
Peaceful, unarmed protestors were met with excessive force by police and soldiers of the armed forces, leading to the deaths of dozens of protesters and the injury of more than 3000 others.
As the country embarks on a series of elections that will continue until March, the Supreme Council is showing less and less ability to tolerate fundamental freedoms, says RSF.
The proposed law follows a further deterioration of the situation of NGOs in the country, including the launch of a smear campaign aimed at damaging the credibility of groups critical of the human rights record of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and its government.
Website editor Khalid Al Balshi criticised the absence of an access to information law that would enable journalists to write stories of public interest.
21 September 2011 | Egypt
In a statement released by CIHRS, organisations condemn the recent revival and expansion of the emergency law by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which constitutes a direct threat to freedom of expression.
In a press conference at CIHRS's office in Cairo, and following the submission of a complaint to the relevant UN Special Rapporteurs, the NGOs condemned what they perceived to be a defamation campaign in response to the role played by human rights defenders in exposing abuses committed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The workshop was partially intended to provide young people with the necessary skills to contribute to media freedom in Libya.
Writer Farag Fouda was assassinated in 1992 in connection with opinions he expressed calling for secularism and the exclusion of religion from public affairs.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) should repeal laws that restrict free expression, association and assembly, and end trials of civilians before military tribunals, Human Rights Watch said.
The founders started forming specialized work groups assigned to specific projects and programs, in cooperation with international civil society organizations concerned with freedom of information.