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Abdu Returns and the attack on human rights defenders in Egypt begins

On Saturday 22 May 2010 a case against two Egyptian human rights defenders, Gamal Eid (Director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information) and Ahmed Seif El-Islam (Founder of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre), and blogger Amr Gharbeia will commence. The case is brought against them by Abdel Fattah Murad, a judge and writer of a book on the legal and scientific origins of blogging, accusing them of defamation, extortion, threat, and misuse of communication tools.

 

Urge Egyptian Authorities to stop returning Eritrean asylum seekers to Eritrea

Amnesty International issued a request for an urgent action and calls upon its members and non members to write to the Egyptian authorities to stop forcibly returning Eritrean assylum seekers to Eritrea where they will be at risk of torture and other ill treatment. 

 

For more information on these cases and on how to take action, read below:  

                    

Amnesty International: Assault on human rights defender a further obstruction to effective investigation of torture

PUBLIC STATEMENT

AI Index: MDE 12/008/2008 (Public)

Date: 02 May 2008

Egypt: Assault on human rights defender a further obstruction to effective investigation of torture

The assault on a human right defender and doctor denouncing torture in Egypt two days ago is a disturbing development at a time when the Egyptian authorities purport to be combating torture.

Children are being slaughtered while we silently observe

Another day passes by, I wake up, drink my cup of coffee, have my shower, get dressed, go to work.
In another continent; another country, somewhere far away from home, scores of people are being killed. Children are assassinated in cold blood and there is nothing for someone so powerless like me to do.
In the past few days over a 100 people in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces. Israel is defending itself, they tell me. But can someone explain to me how a 12 years old girl could have threatened the life of Israelis? Or was it Salsabeel Abu Jalhoum, the 21 months infant, that was the threat?

Article 19 launches a useful defamation mapping tool

Defamation Mapping Tool
Charts a Chilling Reality Spanning the Globe
 
 
ARTICLE 19, Global Campaign for Free Expression, today launches a global mapping tool that reveals the widespread use of criminal defamation and other insult laws around the world and unacceptable numbers of people imprisoned there under.

Cairo is a city of wrenching rooftop stories

Very rarely do I find a feature in a newspaper that truly grabs my attention. The human element in the story below published in the San Francisco Chronicle reminded me so much of Cairo and its beautiful people, yet the economic injustice they suffer. If interested in Cairo, Egyptians, and want to learn more on how poor people in Egypt can be, read the following feature:

هذه المدونة محجوبة تضامناً مع الصحافة الحرة في مصر This blog is on strike in solidarity with free press in Egypt

Program to fund research on social impact of the internet

oiiThe Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) invites applications from the global South to fill two places in its Civil Society Practitioners Programme.

This visitor programme is intended for Civil Society Practitioners of distinction or outstanding promise who wish to visit the Institute for a period of six weeks between February and December 2008, to undertake research concerning the social impact of the Internet and related ICTs. Visitors are expected to reside in Oxford during their stay, and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. The successful applicants will receive:

Hunger strike by leaders of the Tunisian Progressive Democratic Party

 

I received the statement below from a Tunisian activist friend on new crackdowns on human rights in Tunisia

 

Hunger strike by leaders of the Tunisian Progressive Democratic Party

They came first for the Communists,

I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists,

I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews,

I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

And then . . . they came for me . . .

There was no one left to speak up.

Martin Niemöller

وقفة احتجاجية على اغلاق جمعية المساعدة القانونية

شارك في وقفة احتجاجية يوم الأحد 16 سبتمبر على قرار اغلاق جمعية المساعدة القانونية

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