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HRW researcher: Mass killing continues in Egypt

HRW researcher: Mass killing continues in Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A researcher at Human Rights Watch, Omar Shaker, has confirmed that the facts documented in the latest HRW report on the Rabaa massacre are unquestionable, and that the killing of protesters is still ongoing. In an interview with Aljazeera, Shaker, who
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UN Human Rights Agency Alarmed By Mass Imposition Of Death Penalty In Egypt

UN Human Rights Agency Alarmed By Mass Imposition Of Death Penalty In Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United Nations human rights office said Tuesday it is deeply alarmed by the imposition of the death penalty against 529 people in Egypt a day earlier after a "cursory" mass trial in which the majority of defendants were not present in court.

"The astounding number of people sentenced to death in this case is unprecedented in recent history," Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told a news conference in Geneva.

"The mass imposition of the death penalty after a trial that was rife with procedural irregularities is in breach of international human rights law," he added.

The 529 defendants were convicted of various charges, including membership of an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.

Colville pointed out that this was several months before the Muslim Brotherhood was declared by the Egyptian authorities to be an unlawful organization. The exact charges against each defendant are unclear as they were not read out in court.

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Human Rights Watch condemns Egypt constitution arrests - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Human Rights Watch condemns Egypt constitution arrests - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned the arrest of at least seven activists from the Strong Egypt party for hanging posters calling for a "no" vote in the forthcoming constitutional referendum.

 

 

Police arrested the activists in three separate incidents after finding them in possession of posters calling for a "no" vote in the week preceding the referendum.

“Egyptian citizens should be free to vote for or against the new constitution, not fear arrest for simply campaigning for a 'no' vote,” said Joe Stork, Middle East and North Africa deputy director. “Protecting the right to vote requires safeguarding the right to free expression.”...

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Survey Slams Egypt on Women's Rights

Survey Slams Egypt on Women's Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation says Egypt ranks the lowest of 20 Arab states in the area of women's rights. Trafficking in women, harassment, genital mutilation, and generall...
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why this article- This article provides the reader with the outcome when women have no rights

The benefit from reading- This article does a good job using adjectives to appeal to the readers emotion. The article talks about the problems women face in Egypt, problems such as Trafficking in women, harassment, genital mutilation, and generally conservative attitudes.

Half the sky connection-  Half the sky foundation cannot do much here because of the rules women are bound to. Women here face great odds and at most times are unable to overcome these odds.

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Canadian Filmmaker and Doctor Imprisoned in Egypt Without Charges, Abused After Witnessing Massacre

Canadian Filmmaker and Doctor Imprisoned in Egypt Without Charges, Abused After Witnessing Massacre | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two Canadian citizens — acclaimed Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and medical doctor Tarek Loubani — have been jailed for more than a month and a half in Egypt without charge after witnessing a massacre by state forces on August 16 in Cairo.
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10-6-13 - I just heard they're freed!  Fantastic!

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Misinformation about Egypt’s ‘massacre’

Misinformation about Egypt’s ‘massacre’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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A massacre is not combat. A massacre is the unprovoked slaughter of non-violent, peaceful civilians, or of combatants who have already surrendered. Neither case was applicable on Wednesday. There has been a tragic loss of life, particularly at Nasr City, but the MB should remember the saying that sometimes one may not like what one gets, when one gets what one wishes for.

What I mean by that is, one cannot say day after day, as the Muslim Brothers at both sit-ins have said, that they welcome martyrdom, that they are more than ready to die for their cause, and they have brought their wives and children to the sit-ins and they are willing for them to die also. You cannot say this day after day, and then cry out in horror and shock: “Look, the police are killing us!” What happened on Wednesday will be further unraveled, but this time, the particularly tragic case of the Muslim Brotherhood shows they have underestimated the degree that they have alienated just about everybody else in this country....

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Egypt warns sit-ins as weekend death toll climbs

Egypt warns sit-ins as weekend death toll climbs | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, Khaled el-Khateeb, head of the ministry's emergency and intensive care department, said that beside the 72 killed in the Cairo clashes, eight were killed in clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also over the weekend.

A total of 792 people were wounded in both incidents, which spanned Friday and early Saturday, he said.

View gallery."In this Friday, July 26, 2013, photo released on Saturday, July 27, by the Egyptian army, opponents  …

The Cairo violence took place when pro-Morsi protesters sought to expand their sit-in camp by moving onto a nearby main boulevard, only to be confronted by police and unidentified armed men in civilian clothes.

Civilians, sometimes with weapons, are frequently seen alongside police in Cairo demonstrations. In some cases, they appear to be police auxiliaries or plainclothesmen, in others residents who back the security forces.

Authorities concede that the vast majority of the dead in Cairo were demonstrators, but the Interior Ministry says some policemen were wounded and it is not clear if civilians who sided with police were among the dead.

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Morsi gets the boot: Transcript: Egypt's army statement

Morsi gets the boot:  Transcript: Egypt's army statement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Statement of Abdul Fatah Khalil al-Sisi, head of Egyptian Armed Forces, announcing the ovethrow of President Morsi.
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Erdogan beware! here is a lessen from Morsi....
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Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood's HQ

Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood's HQ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO (AP) — Protesters have stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group....

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Bahrain Senior Cleric: Shia Killing in Egypt, Humiliation of Humanity | The Shia Post

Bahrain Senior Cleric: Shia Killing in Egypt, Humiliation of Humanity | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s Shia Leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim described last week’s Shia killing in Egypt’s Giza province as an example of humiliating the entire humanity.

In his Friday prayer sermon at Imam Sadeq (AS) Mosque in Manama’s Diraz district, Ayatollah Qassim also said the massacre was a heinous one and a testament to the ignorance of its perpetrators.

On Sunday, June 23, extremist Takfiri mobs attacked a house in a village in Giza province of Egypt and killed four Shia Muslims in the house including Allameh Sheikh Hassan Shehata, spiritual leader of Shia Muslims in the country.

Ayatollah Qassim urged all Muslims to stand up against these seditious acts and against those who consider their fellow Muslims as infidels.

“There are some ignorant people who have a wrong understanding of Islam and Islamic schools and try to exploit divisive issues to deal a blow to the Muslim Ummah’s unity,” he said.

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Egypt President Issues Ominous Warning

Egypt President Issues Ominous Warning | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO — Egypt's president delivered a stern warning to his opponents on Sunday, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to "protect this nation" two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the worst bout of political violence in three months.

Nearly 200 people were injured in Friday's violence, some seriously, outside the headquarters of the Brotherhood, Egypt's dominant political group.

"If I have to do what is necessary to protect this nation I will, and I am afraid that I may be close to doing so," a visibly angry Morsi said in an animated speech to the opening session of a conference on women's rights.

"I will do so very, very soon. Sooner than those trying to shake the image of this nation think," said the Islamist leader who took office in June as the country's first freely elected president.

"Let us not be dragged into an area where I will take a harsh decision," he warned. ....

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Is Egypt Heading Towards Civil War?

Is Egypt Heading Towards Civil War? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
With the opposition planning to boycott April elections and demanding for Morsi to be overthrown, the country’s Islamists are warning of dark consequences if democracy is thwarted.
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Egypt's women brandish knives at sex assault protests

Egypt's women brandish knives at sex assault protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

One hard-line cleric, Mohammed Abdullah, said women who go to protests "were going there to get raped."

 

Ultraconservative group suggests assaults are the fault of the womanHarassment has been a long-time problem in patriarchal EgyptSex assaults at protests are on the rise

 

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain.

The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even threats of violent retaliation, is fueled by ultraconservative Islamists who suggest that women invite assault by attending anti-government protests where they mix with men.

At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords. Signs threaten to "cut off the hand" of attackers.

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Egypt to try more than 900 Islamists

Egypt to try more than 900 Islamists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Egypt has ordered the prosecution of 919 suspected Islamists in two mass trials, days after hundreds more were sentenced to death in a separate case.

The UN, US and EU have condemned the verdict in the previous trial, delivered against 528 supporters of the deposed president, Mohammed Morsi...

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I don't think this is what the people camped in Tahrir square for!  

It is extremely saddening to see repression bloom from buds of freedom!

 

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Protesters, human rights groups demand release of Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt

Protesters, human rights groups demand release of Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Tanks guarded the fortified entrances of Cairo’s Tora prison today.

Inside, Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste, wearing white prison uniforms, stood in the courtroom’s defendant cage. They and other Al-Jazeera journalists are accused of endangering Egyptian national security by assisting a — quote — “terrorist organization,” namely, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The military-backed government banned the group after ousting President Mohammed Morsi in July. Al-Jazeera maintains the charges are — quote — “absurd, baseless and false,” as do the journalists’ relatives who spoke after the hearing....

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Egyptian women get jail terms over protests

Egyptian women get jail terms over protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Group of 21 women, including minors, face 11 years in jail for rally, as interim PM defends state response to protests.
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Egypt’s Coming Civil War

Egypt’s Coming Civil War | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Three months ago, Egypt’s military seized power in a coup that it said was necessary both to prevent civil war and to restore democracy. By now it is clear that the military is failing on both counts.

Today, suspected Islamists killed at least nine soldiers and police in attacks. Yesterday, security forces killed 51 pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters at a rally in Cairo that, according to witnesses, had been entirely peaceful. Meanwhile, the country continues to live under a nightly curfew.....

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Egypt steps up raids - Associated Press

Egypt steps up raids - Associated Press | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Egyptian authorities raided homes of Muslim Brotherhood members Sunday in an apparent attempt to disrupt the group ahead of mass rallies by supporters of country’s ousted president.
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Egypt: Do Not Forcibly Disperse Sit-Ins | Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Do Not Forcibly Disperse Sit-Ins | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

– Egypt’s civilian government should order a halt to any immediate plans to disperse the two Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo by force and deal peacefully with any problems arising. The authorities should respect the rights of all to peaceful assembly.

On July 31, 2013, the government authorized the interior minister to “take all necessary measures” to “confront violence and terrorism” in the sit-ins, but did not elaborate what those measures would be. In dealing with protests, Egypt’s security forces have regularly resorted to excessive use of force, killing at least 137 people in the past month alone....

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Egypt’s Government Broadens Its Accusations Against Islamists

Egypt’s Government Broadens Its Accusations Against Islamists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO — The new military-led government accused Mohamed Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday of a campaign to incite violence against their foes before and after his ouster as president, offering a new explanation for the week-old takeover and hinting that the group might be banned once again.

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As protesters rallied against Mr. Morsi in the weeks leading up to his forced removal on July 3, “the other side held conferences to call them ‘infidels’ ” and his supporters “incited to call for the killing of opponents of the president,” Ahmed Ali, a military spokesman, said in a briefing for the international news media. “Such calls were approved and advocated by the presidency,” he added, suggesting that such threats — and not just large public demonstrations or political deadlock — forced the military to intervene....

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Sexual Assaults Reported in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Sexual Assaults Reported in Cairo’s Tahrir Square | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Human Rights Watch said today it had identified 91 instances of sexual assault committed by groups of men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as crowds gathered there calling for the ouster of deposed president Mohamed Morsi....
 

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Thousands gather for rival rallies in Egypt

Thousands gather for rival rallies in Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Cairo - Thousands of people have converged on Tahrir Square, the focal point of the Egyptian revolution, to demand the resignation of Egypt's first democratically-elected leader, Mohamed Morsi.

The scene on Sunday was a far cry from a year ago today, when supporters packed the square to celebrate Morsi's inauguration. Now many are back to blame him for a stagnant economy, worsening security and an ongoing lack of basic services.

Demonstrators waved red cards and chanted "irhal" - "leave", and promised to camp in the square until Morsi resigns. Thousands more have joined marches headed for the presidential palace, and are expected to arrive around dusk.

"It's the same politics as Mubarak but we are in a worse situation," said Sameh al-Masri, one of the organisers on the main stage. "Poverty is increasing, inflation is increasing. It's much worse than Mubarak."...

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Egypt's army doctors ‘operated without anesthetic’ on wounded protesters - leaked report — RT News

Egypt's army doctors ‘operated without anesthetic’ on wounded protesters - leaked report — RT News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

gypt's senior army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters during uprisings against military rule, a new report reveals. It also claims top-ranking military officials were involved in torture, killing and abductions.

But instead of investigations, the generals get promotions.

Parts of a confidential presidential report allegedly turned over to Morsi in January has been leaked by the Guardian. It speaks about killings, torture and abductions of Egyptians by the military during the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak as well as medical malpractice in May 2012.

The report contains testimony from doctors and protesters about the treatment of injured demonstrators at the Kobri el-Qoba military hospital in Cairo in May 2012 after the Abbsiya clashes with soldiers that left 2 dead and nearly 400 wounded. The leaked chapters claim Egypt's senior army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic or sterilization on the wounded protesters and lock some of them in the basement....

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Muslim Brotherhood Slams U.N. Women's Rights Declaration

Muslim Brotherhood Slams U.N. Women's Rights Declaration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Women's rights activists say they are a powerful force to be reckoned with, pulling together a broad spectrum of activist groups. “All of us are united now around one thing: women's rights,” says Inas Mekkawy, an advocate. “Women will not allow the Muslim Brotherhood to accomplish any of these plans.”...


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Egypt 'spent £1.7m on teargas' amid economic crisis

Egypt 'spent £1.7m on teargas' amid economic crisis | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Activists condemn government's purchase of 140,000 canisters at a time when foreign reserves are at critical low and IMF loan is delayed
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