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Abdu Returns and the attack on human rights defenders in Egypt begins http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/21/abdu-returns-and-the-attack-on-human-rights-defenders-in-egypt-begins/ http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/21/abdu-returns-and-the-attack-on-human-rights-defenders-in-egypt-begins/#respond Fri, 21 May 2010 07:27:33 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/21/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.

 

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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.

 

 

Lawyers prepare for Kareem Amer's appealThe story goes back to early 2007 when Gamal Eid discovered that Murad in his book had plagiarized tens of pages of a report ANHRI had published on freedom of Internet in the Arab World. At that time, Gamal and Seif were looking into the book as they were developing their defence for Karim Amer’s appeal. When ANHRI made public the issue of plagiarism, Murad chose to attack back targeting all those who supported ANHRI’s position. Over 21 blogs, if I remember correctly, were attacked by Murad when he requested the administrative court to shut them down. Bloggers and activists Manal and Alaa were interrogated for insult and defamation.

Later, Amr Gharbeia was questioned over two comments left on his blog regarding the Murad case. He was asked to submit the IP addresses of those who have commented. Amr has refused. Then, Gamal Eid and Ahmed Seif El-Islam were accused of extortion and libel.

Suddenly, everything went silent and the whole issue just faded away.

To everyone’s surprise, the cases were revived again and suddenly there is a court case against the three, Ahmed Seif El-Islam, Amr Gharbeia and Gamal Eid. The case is going to start on 22 May 2010 at 9 am at the Khalifa Misdemeanour Court, Galaa Street, Ramsis, Cairo, Egypt. Please show support by showing up tomorrow morning.

Coincidentally, I learnt earlier last week that Nasser Amin, Director of the Arab Centre for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP), was questioned over comments he made regarding the recent debate on the appointment of female judges in the State Council. Amin was misquoted in the Dostour Newspaper when interviewed on this issue. He then corrected the statement and the newspaper published an apology. Yet some judges have submitted a complaint against him for insulting the judiciary.

It is saddening really to see now that the attack against human rights defenders is coming from judges.  This takes me back to 2005 when many of us stood on the stairs of the press syndicate to support the Judges call for independence of the judiciary. It reminds of a time when the security attacked demonstrators and tens were arrested and detained for weeks. The battle for independence of judiciary was not won and Egypt’s human rights record remains shameful.  A few years ago, it appeared like we were all in unity, supporting each other in defending our rights. Today, it looks gloomy as we stand against each other, threatening independent and vocal voices. It is even more sad that such an attack comes in the month of May; a month that has witnessed throughout the last decade so many brutal attacks against activists. It is a month that should bring us together and remind us of our struggle against dictatorship, corruption, and impunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did I ever tell you about my first kiss? x http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/05/did-i-ever-tell-you-about-my-first-kiss-x/ http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/05/did-i-ever-tell-you-about-my-first-kiss-x/#respond Wed, 05 May 2010 05:33:32 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2010/05/05/did-i-ever-tell-you-about-my-first-kiss-x/ A couple of years ago, we set up a drama group at work. We were asked to write monologues to practice on. I wrote the piece below. I felt its time to be shared. 

 

Did I ever tell you about my first kiss?

I was seven, maybe eight years old and I was invited to a birthday party. I loved hanging out with my school friends. That day I was very excited. I loved parties. This one was special. All my close friends were going to be there and to make sure I come, my friend’s parents arranged for their driver to take me home after the party was over.

 

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A couple of years ago, we set up a drama group at work. We were asked to write monologues to practice on. I wrote the piece below. I felt its time to be shared. 

 

Did I ever tell you about my first kiss?

I was seven, maybe eight years old and I was invited to a birthday party. I loved hanging out with my school friends. That day I was very excited. I loved parties. This one was special. All my close friends were going to be there and to make sure I come, my friend’s parents arranged for their driver to take me home after the party was over.

 

This was a special event. It was my first costume party. I spent the whole day with my parents thinking of what to wear. Funnily enough, we agreed I dress as a man. My mother took her time putting makeup on and drawing a moustache on my upper lip. I looked so funny… It was great.

 

Now I was ready. I had a jelbab on and a moustache… all ready to play with my friends… my very special friends.

 

I have always been a friendly child. I had lots of friends. Wherever I went I made friends. Everyone liked me, even the grownups. I was a good girl!

 

After spending a splendid time with my friends, the driver took me home. And like most grown-ups he kept telling me how sweet and cute I was. Every time someone told me that I would fly up in the sky and feel good.

 

It was night and since I was his responsibility he insisted that he should take me up to my doorstep. It’s all for my own safety…

 

So up the elevator and through seven floors, the driver, an old man, kept telling me how wonderful I was… I was a good girl, he said. And because I am a good girl, I deserved a kiss.

 

As I gave him my cheek he held my face with his two big hands and pulled me towards him as he stuck his lips on mine and forced his tongue into my mouth.

 

I remember very clearly how I felt. I was terrified … it was wrong what he did … bad … very bad!

 

I wanted to tell my father but I knew that if I did that would mean no more parties for me. I will be punished. For six years, this was my deepest secret and for six years every time I took that elevator and stood before my door, my heart would jump a beat and I would feel the guilt.

 

When I was fourteen, I had a friend … a best friend. Her father thought I was a good girl! I had spent the whole day with her and her family. They were driving me home, again late at night. In the car… and before the eyes of his only daughter, my best friend, he touched me up my thighs till he reached my crotch. And there his hands remained. I didn’t know what to do … how do I get myself out of this situation without hurting my friend? I silently tried to pull his hands away but he was very determined.

 

Again, I was afraid to tell my father. If I tell him, I would probably be denied going out after school. What can a father do to protect his child these days? I will be punished. A new guilt was burdened onto my shoulders. For many years, I have suffered anxieties from what I thought were my deepest secrets, my ultimate sins. I was guilty simply for being female… for being a good girl! If anyone finds out, I will be locked up so that it would never happen to me again.

 

Year after year, as I grew I understood my fears. To protect me, my life will be restricted. This is how society thinks. This is how my father would have reacted had I ran to him, looking for an explanation and assurance. Because in the mind of a child this was a punishment, I knew then that I must have been wrong. I must have done something wrong for this to happen to me. Why else would I be punished?   

 

In many different contexts, I read between the lines how people should avoid certain situations. In my mind, these situations should not actually happen or else we are creating a prison for the innocent. The vulnerable ones are punished by emphasising their vulnerability rather than empowering them!

 

It all came to me when I heard this woman responding to sexual harassment in Egypt by insisting that women should simply avoid being sexually harassed?? Yes, let’s create a prison for the innocent. Back home, I am verbally harassed from the moment I leave a place to the moment I am into another. I walk across men who want to touch me up, who think I am a whore, who would love to fuck me all day and night. But of course to many it’s the victim who is responsible. We must have behaved indecently. It was what we were wearing … how we were walking … we must have smiled or laughed out loud. Maybe I should cover myself in a tent? But even covered women are not spared….

 

It’s a power game and what easier way to break me than to overburden me with guilt: publicly humiliate me, violate the sanctity of my body and then let the whole world testify that it was my fault.

 

Today, I say I am who I am and I rid myself of any guilt!! I will not be imprisoned and I will not change. You will not break me.

 

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أيامنا الحلوة Our beautiful Days http://sally.katib.org/2008/08/10/%d8%a3%d9%8a%d8%a7%d9%85%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%84%d9%88%d8%a9-our-beautiful-days/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/08/10/%d8%a3%d9%8a%d8%a7%d9%85%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%84%d9%88%d8%a9-our-beautiful-days/#respond Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:55:52 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2008/08/10/%d8%a3%d9%8a%d8%a7%d9%85%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%84%d9%88%d8%a9-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.]]> 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. The people I was with were lovely but the night did not take us anywhere exciting, so I decided to leave early and catch the tube. I hardly take the tube in London, they are disgusting especially on weekend nights. Everyone is so drunk and loud and you are stuck with them in this long dark and stale cylinder. 
 
I was sitting there trying to avoid eye contact. That is a rule in London. People don't like being looked at or smiled at. So I am sitting, contemplating the night, my foul mood, my life, the tube, and focusing hard on not looking at anyone and there came an old couple. The woman sat next to me and the man in front of her. A few minutes later, the man started staring at me and then looked at his wife and pointed at my necklace. She looked at me and smiled.
 
"This is the key of the Nile," said the old man. I smiled proudly and nodded. I like to wear my key of life when I am out. Its like walking around with my identity card. I am Egyptian. Also my infatuation for the  key of life grew bigger back in Egypt because everyone, believe it or not, took it as a cross. Egyptians did not know their own symbol! I wore it to spite people. Something I like to do.
 
"From Egypt?" asked the woman. I nodded back.
 
"You from Egypt?" she continued asking. I said yes.
"Aaaah ayamna el 7elwa (our beautiful days)" she continued. She took me by surprise. Her accent was perfect. I looked at her with curious eyes, trying to find anything in her face that could tell me more about her.
 "You know I lived in Egypt. I was born there. I love Egypt very much", she continued thankfully satisfying my curiosity and without pushing me to make the effort to ask her for more information.
She continued talking until I regretfully had to leave.  She is in her 70s. She is born in Cairo , Egypt. She lived there  for many many years. Her father owned a  weekly newspaper, but unfortunately died very young. He was 54, I think, when he passed away. As a result of that sad incident, she had to go to Greece, where she later met her husband, who studied in London and was madly in love with the city that they come at least 4 times a year. 
 
I wish I had stayed longer, missed my station. Or maybe I should have taken her phone number and arranged to meet her for coffee and heard more about her childhood in Cairo and more about the Egypt she knew and lived in. She remembered the Greek Club, where I used to like to hangout before leaving. I would have loved to know where she lived exactly, which school she went to. If the things she saw are still there today and if they are the same as they were at her time? Aaaaah how I wish I followed my impulse …
 
Anyway, there is no way this could change now unless life plays its funny game again and I bump into her somewhere in this cold city for her to let the warmth slowly spread through my veins as she tells me more about her Cairo stories.
 
The one thing I am sure of is that I love Egypt and I that I am nostalgic for my ayamy el 7elwa (my beautiful days).  

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الحرية لمسعد أبو فجر http://sally.katib.org/2008/07/30/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b3%d8%b9%d8%af-%d8%a3%d8%a8%d9%88-%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/07/30/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b3%d8%b9%d8%af-%d8%a3%d8%a8%d9%88-%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:55:53 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2008/07/30/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b3%d8%b9%d8%af-%d8%a3%d8%a8%d9%88-%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/07/30/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b3%d8%b9%d8%af-%d8%a3%d8%a8%d9%88-%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1/feed/ 0 Urge Egyptian Authorities to stop returning Eritrean asylum seekers to Eritrea http://sally.katib.org/2008/06/14/urge-egyptian-authorities-to-stop-returning-eritrean-asylum-seekers-to-eritrea/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/06/14/urge-egyptian-authorities-to-stop-returning-eritrean-asylum-seekers-to-eritrea/#respond Sat, 14 Jun 2008 03:23:23 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2008/06/14/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:  

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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:  

                           

Forcible return/Fear of torture or other ill-treatment                                   

 EGYPT                     Up to 1,400 asylum seekers from Eritrea

The Egyptian authorities forcibly returned a group of around 200 asylum-seekers to Eritrea in the night of 11 June, and are preparing to forcibly return a further 1,400. In Eritrea they will be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Egypt has not been granted access to any of the Eritreans to assess their asylum claims, despite repeated requests. The authorities appear to have scheduled a number of special flights to Eritrea.  

A group of 169 Eritrean asylum-seekers could be returned as early as the evening of 12 June: they were moved from Nasr al Nuba police station near Aswan city, where they had been detained, to Central Security Forces camp in Shallal, south of Aswan. Hundreds of Eritrean asylum-seekers are detained in several police stations near Aswan city. Dozens of others are detained in Al-Qanater prison near the capital, Cairo. Around 700 are detained near the Red Sea cities of Hurghada and Marsa Alam. Lawyers representing the asylum-seekers held in Aswan believe that 200 of those held in Hurghada are being transported to Aswan, in preparation for forcible return. 

The 200 asylum-seekers deported on 11 June had been detained in a Central security forces camp in Shallal in Aswan city. They were told they would be transported to the UNHCR office in Cairo. Their lawyers tried to reach them the same evening to offer medication and food but could not get to them. The Eritreans were then taken to Aswan International airport and put on a special EgyptAir flight to Eritrea.  

Most asylum-seekers returned to Eritrea are likely to be arbitrarily detained incommunicado in inhumane conditions from weeks to years. They will be at serious risk of torture or other ill-treatment, particularly those who have fled from compulsory military service.  

Since the end of February, flows of Eritrean asylum-seekers have reached Egypt either via its southern border with Sudan or by sea, south of the city of Hurghada. Others are recognized as refugees by the UNHCR in Sudan, and are fleeing Sudan to avoid being forcibly returned to Eritrea by the Sudanese authorities. Hundreds of the Eritrean asylum-seekers in Aswan were charged with illegal entry in Egypt and were sentenced to a suspended one-month prison term. They were however kept in administrative detention by  orders of the Ministry of Interior, as granted under the Emergency law in Egypt.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued guidelines to all governments opposing return to Eritrea of rejected Eritrean asylum seekers on the grounds of the record of serious human rights violations in Eritrea. These guidelines are still in force. 

Refugees and asylum-seekers returned to Eritrea have been detained incommunicado, and tortured. Two asylum-seekers returned to Eritrea by the German authorities on 14 May are believed to have been arrested on arrival, and have not been seen since. Another asylum-seeker returned from the UK in November 2007 was detained in inhumane conditions and ill-treated before being released.  

Thousands of people are detained incommunicado in Eri
trea, in secret and indefinitely, without charge or trial. They have been arrested for suspected opposition to the government, practicing their religious beliefs as members of banned evangelical or other churches, evading military conscription or trying to flee the country.
 

Military service is compulsory for all men and women aged 18 to 40. There is no limit on length of service. There is no exemption for conscientious objectors, and no alternative non-military service. The usual punishment for evading military service is detention and torture: this can include having hands and feet tied behind the back in a painful position known as "the helicopter". 

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Arabic or your own language:

calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately stop all forcible returns of asylum-seekers to Eritrea;

– urging them to respect Egypt’s international obligations under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the UN Convention Against Torture not to forcibly return asylum-seekers to Eritrea where they would be at risk of torture and other serious human rights abuses ;

– asking them to ensure that all Eritrean asylum-seekers are given immediate access to Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Egypt to assess their asylum claims. 

APPEALS TO:

Minster of Interior

Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly

Ministry of the Interior

25 Al-Sheikh Rihan Street

Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt

Fax:                       +20 2 279 0682

Email:                  moi@idsc.gov.eg

Salutation:           Dear Minister 

COPIES TO:

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Corniche al-Nil, Maspiro

Cairo, Egypt

Fax:                       +20 22 574 8822  

                              +20 22 390 8159

                                +20 22 574 9533

E-mail:                                 minexter@idsc1.gov.eg

Salutation:           Dear Minister 

National Council for Human Rights

Ambassador Mokhless Kotb

Secretary General

National Council for Human Rights             

 1113 Corniche El Nil

Midane Al Tahrir

Specialized National Councils Building – 11th floor

NDP Building, Cairo, Egypt

Fax:                       +202 2574 7497

Email:                  nchr@nchr.org.eg  

and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country. 

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.

Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 July 2008.

 

 

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Amnesty International: Assault on human rights defender a further obstruction to effective investigation of torture http://sally.katib.org/2008/05/02/amnesty-international-assault-on-human-rights-defender-a-further-obstruction-to-effective-investigation-of-torture/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/05/02/amnesty-international-assault-on-human-rights-defender-a-further-obstruction-to-effective-investigation-of-torture/#respond Fri, 02 May 2008 12:54:43 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2008/05/02/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.

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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.

Magda Adly, Director of the Nadim Center for Psychological Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, was pushed on the floor and had her handbag stolen by a man on 30 April inside the Kafr Dawwar court building where she and other human rights lawyers were waiting to attend an appeal hearing against the pre-trial detention of three torture victims members of Sobhi Mohammed Hussein family. As a result of the assault, she sustained two fractures to her shoulder, a cut to her left eyebrow, and bruises on her left leg, according to medical reports.

The assailant, who was apprehended by members of the public present in the courthouse, said he was acting upon instructions from a chief investigations officer at Kafr Dawwar police station. In an attempt to have the complaint against their son dropped, the assailant’s family told members of the Nadim Center yesterday that their son was summoned to the Kafr Dawwar police station the day before the assault, ordered to hit Magda Adly and steal her bag and was threatened with criminal charges if he refused to abide by these instructions. He and his sister, who agreed to testify to this before the prosecutor, have reportedly been detained at Kafr Dawwar police station where they are currently held.

The assault on Magda Adly came few hours after the Nadim Center issued a statement calling for the investigation into the allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of members of the Sobhi Mohammed Hussein family, following a visit to the family by a delegation from the Nadim Center and the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre.

Sixty-seven years old Sobhi Mohammed Hussein and his two sons, Ahmed and Mohammed, were all arrested on 22 April and detained at the Kafr Dawwar police station, apparently for seeking to complaint about an early morning raid by police officers to their home. They were accused of resisting the authorities. The father was allegedly burnt with cigarettes on his chest and thighs. His son Ahmed, aged 36, had bruises all over his body and an internal bleeding in his left eye. The other son Mohammed, aged 38, sustained broken bones on his right hand. Ahmed was reportedly also beaten with wooden and metal sticks during the arrest and reportedly dragged to the nearby Kafr Dawwar police station. Mohammed was arrested while he was seeking to submit a complaint to the public prosecutor about the arrest of his brother, mentioning that one police officer fired seven bullets in front of their home. The father was arrested following a phone call from the police station asking him to come for reconciliation and the release of his two sons. All three remain in custody pending renewal of their detention.

The alleged treatment of the Sobhi Mohammed Hussein family and the assault on Magda Adly form part of a pattern of abuse and impunity. Police officers have often put pressure on torture victims by threatening to re-arrest them or arrest their relatives in order to prevent them from lodging complaints. Journalist and human rights organizations and lawyers who defend torture victims or seek to expose abuses have in the past been harassed by the authorities, including through judicial proceedings against them.

Amnesty International urges the Egyptian authorities to investigate the assault on Magda Adly and the allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of the members of the Sobhi Mohammed Hussein family. The Egyptian authorities must ensure that all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment are investigated promptly, thoroughly and impartially, and that those accused of perpetrating or of ordering or authorizing such abuses are brought to justice. By allowing such abuses to go unpunished, the Egyptian authorities would in effect be giving the security forces a licence to torture and to do so with total impunity.

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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.

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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.

"The government clamped down on the main opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the run up to last Tuesday's local and municipal elections, arresting hundreds and preventing all but a handful of Muslim Brotherhood candidates from standing," said Amnesty International. "Now, it seems to be trying to pin the blame for the violent protests of the last few days on the Kefaya movement."

The government banned all demonstrations on 5 April, three days before the elections and in advance of a general strike planned for 6 April in support of industrial action by textile workers in Mahalla, some 120 km north of Cairo. Thousands of police and security forces were deployed in Mahalla, Cairo and other cities. But this failed to prevent protests in Mahalla, which became violent as police clashed with people protesting rising living costs. Protests also quickly spread to other cities.

At least two people were killed in Mahalla, apparently by police gunfire. Ahmed Ali Mubarak, 15, is reported to have been hit by two bullets while watching the clashes from the balcony of his home in Mahalla on 8 April, and 20-year-old Ahmed El-Sayyed Abdelqader died as a result of wounds he sustained when police dispersed demonstrators two days earlier. In all, more than 100 people are reported to have been injured in the Mahalla protests, including members of the security forces.

"The authorities should order an immediate and independent investigation into the use of force by police during the protests, to establish whether it was excessive," said Amnesty International. "In particular, there must be a thorough investigation into the two deaths which occurred."

George Ishak and Fathi al-Hefnawy, both leading members of the opposition Kefaya movement, were arrested at their homes on 9 April and charged by the Emergency State Security Prosecution with inciting others to demonstrate, commit assaults on people and property and use violence with the aim of affecting public authorities. It is not clear when they will stand trial.

It was the Kefaya movement, along with other opposition groups, that called for a general strike on 6 April in support of action by textile workers in Mahalla who, however, called off their planned strike after negotiations with officials and under pressure from the government. Even so, violent protests broke out in the city on 6 and 7 April against the rising cost of living.

Security forces used excessive force and live ammunition as it clamped down on demonstrators. They used sticks to beat demonstrators and tear gas, and fired rubber bullets and live ammunition in the air to disperse protesters.

Amnesty International has urged President Hosni Mubarak to instruct security forces in Egypt not to use excessive force or live ammunition with demonstrators.

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For more information please call Amnesty International's press office in London, UK, on +44 20 7413 5566 or email: press@amnesty.org

International Secretariat, Amnesty International, 1 Easton St., London WC1X 0DW, UK

www.amnesty.org

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2- الاجماع على ارتداء ملابس سوداء و يفضل مطبوع عليها اى شعار للإضراب لو
امكن مع حمل شاره او اى اعلان عن "إنى مضرب إحتجاجا على الأسعار

3- تم بالإجماع الاتفاق على الإضراب عن شراء أى سلعه لتمثل وسيلة تهديد للحكومه التى لا تعيرنا اى انتباه و لا تحترم وجودنا ولا تحس بمعاناتنا و كذلك الاضراب عن شراء السلع يعتبر تهديد لاى تاجر يرفع الاسعار اننا يمكن ان نتحد لمواجهته
عند حدوث حالة شلل فى هذا اليوم سيفكر الجشعون الاف المرات امام هذا الشعب الواعى
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1- الاجماع على تعليق علم مصر فى البلكونات

2- الاجماع على ارتداء ملابس سوداء و يفضل مطبوع عليها اى شعار للإضراب لو
امكن مع حمل شاره او اى اعلان عن "إنى مضرب إحتجاجا على الأسعار

3- تم بالإجماع الاتفاق على الإضراب عن شراء أى سلعه لتمثل وسيلة تهديد للحكومه التى لا تعيرنا اى انتباه و لا تحترم وجودنا ولا تحس بمعاناتنا و كذلك الاضراب عن شراء السلع يعتبر تهديد لاى تاجر يرفع الاسعار اننا يمكن ان نتحد لمواجهته
عند حدوث حالة شلل فى هذا اليوم سيفكر الجشعون الاف المرات امام هذا الشعب الواعى

4- تم الاتفاق على ان يحاول الجميع قدر استطاعته بكل السبل على الاضراب عن العمل و الغياب عن العمل هذا اليوم و اعلان ذلك قبلها و اعلان الاضراب

5- اجمع جميع الطلبه على الاضراب عن الدراسه فى ذلك اليوم و اعلان ذلك مسبقا

6- لإصحاب المهن الحرجه كالطبيب مثلا أو ما شابه و كذلك لمن لن يستطيع ابدا ابدا ان يمتنع عن العمل و كذلك بالنسبه للطلبه الذى يتوافق 6 ابريل مع امتحاناتهم فإنهم سيضطرون للذهاب لمصالحهم مع اعلان الاضراب لبعض أو كل الوقت و كذلك الاعتصام السلمى فى مجموعات إن امكن

7- على من يستطيع النزول للتظاهرات التى ستكون فى الميادين الرئيسيه بالمحافظات يمكنه ذلك و لكن بعد الاتفاق مع القوى السياسيه و منظمات المجتمع المدنى على ميعاد و مكان التظاهرات .. و حتى الان تم الاتفاق على ميدان التحرير فى القاهره .. و ميدان الحقانيه بالاسكندريه … و ميدان الساعه بدمنهور
.. و ميدان المحطه بالشرقيه … و امام مبنى المحافظه بالمنصوره
و ستبدا الوقفات الإحتجاجيه الساعه الحاديه عشر و تستمر طوال اليوم فى اسلوب متحضر محترم بدون أى سلوك او الفاظ غير لائقين
و خيار التظاهر مفتوح لمن يريد .. و من لا يريد عليه الختيار أحد الاختيارات من كل الاختيارات السابق ذكرها

8- على الجميع العمل بجد منذ اليوم حتى يوم 6 ابريل على نشر كل تلك الافكار بين الشعب المصرى و هم اهلنا و اصحابنا و اقاربنا و زملائنا فى العمل مستخدمين فى ذلك كل الوسائل المشروعه من دعوات صريحه عامه او فرديه او ارسال رسائل محمول او مكالمات هاتفيه او البريد الالكترونى و المنتديات و المدونات و المواقع الاعلانيه و الجرائد و الصحف و المجلات و الاتصال بالفضائيات .. و كذلك تعليق الالافتات و ارتداء تى شيرت أو شاره يحمل الدعوه للإضراب من الان حتى ميعاد الاضراب
و على طلاب الجامعه نشر كل تلك الافكار بين اصدقائهم و زملائهم و محاولة النشر بكل الوسائل السلميه

9- طبقا للمناقشات اجمع معظم اعضاء الجروب و ايضا خارج الجروب على أن يوم 6 ابريل هو البدايه و ليس النهايه .. و أننا سنستمر فى الاضرابات و كافة صور الإحتجاجات بعد يوم 6 ابريل نستطيع نشر الفكره لأكبر عدد و إجبار الحكومه و صانعى القرار فى مصر على الانصياع لرغبة الشعب

8- لا تنسوا ورده لكل ضابط امن مركزى

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London Olympic Torch Relay 6th April http://sally.katib.org/2008/04/01/london-olympic-torch-relay-6th-april/ http://sally.katib.org/2008/04/01/london-olympic-torch-relay-6th-april/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2008 10:25:04 +0000 http://sally.katib.org/2008/04/01/london-olympic-torch-relay-6th-april/ In the build up to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympics Torch is passing through London on Sunday 6 April on its international relay.

As part of the Human Rights for China campaign, we would like as many people as possible to take to the streets to raise awareness amongst the public about China’s failure to live up to the human rights promises it made when awarded the Olympics.

We will be congregating in a number of places along the route of the torch, taking Human Rights for China banners in order to alert people of the deteriorating Human Rights situation in China, please join us and encourage as many members of your group, friends and family to come along too.
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In the build up to the Beijing Olympics, the Olympics Torch is passing through London on Sunday 6 April on its international relay.

As part of the Human Rights for China campaign, we would like as many people as possible to take to the streets to raise awareness amongst the public about China’s failure to live up to the human rights promises it made when awarded the Olympics.

We will be congregating in a number of places along the route of the torch, taking Human Rights for China banners in order to alert people of the deteriorating Human Rights situation in China, please join us and encourage as many members of your group, friends and family to come along too.

The route through London on Sunday 6 April is going from Wembley to the Arena at North Greenwich, the route is on the GLA website: http://www.london.gov.uk/londoner/08mar/torch-relay-map.pdf
and
http://www.london.gov.uk/torchrelay/london/map.jsp

We will be congregating in a few places along the route of the torch

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