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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.

 

أيامنا الحلوة Our beautiful Days

I am always proud to be an Egyptian and will always be but sometimes things happen to further consolidate my love and passion for my country. Life is strange with its surprises. For me, most of its surprises are unpleasant, but the one I encountered on Friday night uplifted my mood so much that I haven't stopped smiling. Yet my heart aches. I miss my country so much. I miss its people, history, walking downtown late at night, my friends .. everyone. But what has been nagging me was my lack of impulsiveness. I who consider myself so spontaneous have failed to satisfy my curiosity to learn more about a random person I met coincidently. 
 
On Friday night I have changed my rituals and instead of hanging out with my work colleagues I went to the west end for a change. I should have known better.

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.

Amnesty International calls for investigation of police killings during Mahalla Demonstrations

PUBLIC STATEMENT
AI Index: MDE 12/006/2008 (Public)

Date: 11 April 2008

Egypt: Arrests of Kefaya movement leaders, investigation needed into police killings

The arrests of Kefaya movement leaders George Ishak and Fathi al-Hefnawy following protest demonstrations this week in which two people were killed by police, represents a deeply disturbing development, Amnesty International said today.

Egypt’s Problem and Its Challenge: Bread Corrupts

I was in Egypt on a holiday a few weeks ago. The only thing Egyptians talked about was the issue of subisdized bread. It was heartbreaking listening to people down the economic ladder talk about their daily suffering to ensure bread for their families. As I sat in the beauty salon, my traditional treat in Cairo, one of the women working there was complaining.
 
"We are a family of 6. I have 4 children who all go to school. To be able to feed them daily I have to get the subsidized bread", she explained.
 
"I stand in a queue forever and in the crowd. What can people do?

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

Al Dostour Editor Ibrahim Eissa summoned by State Security Prosecutor

The editor of the independent Al-Dostour Newspaper, Ibrahim Eissa, has been summoned by the State Security Prosecutor. Eissa is expected to attend an interrogation on Wedensday. According to the Press Syndicate, Eissa is to face prosecution over Al-Dostour's coverage of rumours about the state of health of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

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