Sunday, March 5, 2017
Speak Truth to Power in Egpyt
Please Raise Your Voice for Human Rights--
FROM AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
"The El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence
was raided by police and shut down on 9 February. The Egyptian authorities’
crackdown on human rights organizations,
with a politically-motivated investigation underway, could result
in numerous leading human rights defenders facing life imprisonment."
"On 9 February, the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence (El Nadeem) was raided by police and shut down."
"The closure of El Nadeem, an organization that offers crucial support to survivors of torture
and violence, follows a year of harassment by the authorities of human rights
defenders (HRDs) and organisations."
"The centre filed a judicial appeal against the decision before an Egyptian court the same month. However, police carried out the latest raid without waiting for the outcome of the appeal. In November 2016, the Central Bank of Egypt also issued an order to freeze the organization’s bank account."
Over the past year, judges have been overseeing a criminal investigation into the activities and funding of Egyptian human rights organizations...HRDs may face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of LE500,000 (US$ 27,528), if convicted of the charge of receiving foreign funding to damage Egypt’s “national interests”, “peace”, “unity” or “security” under Article 78 of the Penal Code."
"Since early 2016, at least 22 NGO workers, including directors, have been summoned for interrogation; 18 human rights activists and defenders have been barred from travelling; and asset freezes have been imposed against 7 NGOs and 10 individuals."
On 29 November 2016, Parliament approved a new draft law, replacing the existing associations law, which would severely restrict the work of NGOs."
"Contact these two officials by 10 April, 2017:
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Office of the President
Al Ittihadia Palace
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2391 1441
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ambassador Yasser Reda
Embassy of Egypt
3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 202 244 4319 -OR- 202 244 5131
Phone: 202 895 5400
Salutation: Dear Ambassador"
Rescue, protect, help--speak truth to power,