Sarah Carr

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Sarah Carr is a British-Egyptian journalist in Cairo. She blogs at www.inanities.org.

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Amonsito workers receive final batch of redundancy pay

CAIRO: The final batch of redundancy payments was delivered to Amonsito workers on Wednesday following a long battle for their financial entitlements. Amonsito employee Khaled El-Shishawy told Daily News Egypt that redundancy packages of between LE 15,000 and LE 70,000 were paid out to workers according to the length of their tenure with the company. …

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NGO takes battle over culture ministry IP decree to court

CAIRO: An NGO has lodged a case against a decree allowing the Ministry of Culture to closedown websites held to be in breach of intellectual property regulations. In a statement issued Sunday the Association for the Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) says that the powers Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni awards to the ministry …

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ICLD to resume sit-in for unfulfilled gov’t pay promises

CAIRO: Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) workers are threatening to resume sit-ins after the Eid holiday following the government’s failure to uphold pay promises. ICLD worker Abdel-Meneim Sharaf Eddin wrote on his blog that workers will not collect their July and August salaries because they have not been increased to the figures agreed on …

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Case of rights advocates vs. judge to resume Sept. 18

CAIRO: Lawyers representing three human rights defenders on trial against a judge who they say plagiarized 50 pages of a book, told the court on Saturday that judge Abdel-Fatah Murad brought charges under articles that have been abrogated. Three defense lawyers spoke during the court session, which was held in the judge’s chambers. No member …

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National Association for Change to take legal action against ElBaradei smear campaign

CAIRO: The National Association for Change (NAC) will take legal action against an independent newspaper for participating in a smear campaign against reform advocate and member of the National Coalition for Change Mohamed ElBaradei, the association’s spokesman, told Daily News Egypt. Spokesman Abdel Rahman Youssef, however, did not reveal exactly what the next steps will …

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Rights groups condemn treatment of imprisoned political activist

CAIRO: A group of six human rights organizations has condemned the imprisonment and treatment of a political activist arrested in May during a demonstration. Ahmed Abou Douma was convicted on May 22, 2010 of assaulting police officers and received a six-month prison sentence. This was reduced to three months on appeal. Riot police charged protestors …

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Rights groups warn against gov’t bias in elections

CAIRO: Free parliamentary and presidential elections are “impossible if state bodies are not neutral”, 11 Egyptian human rights bodies said this week. In a joint statement the Forum of Independent Human Rights Organizations condemned the “repression, prosecution and terrorization” of political activists who are campaigning for “guarantees of transparency and integrity in the parliamentary and …

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Rights groups call on PM to solve Quick Tel labor dispute

CAIRO: Three human rights organizations are calling on the prime minister to intervene in a labor dispute between workers and management at the Quick Tel telecommunications company. Workers from the company are currently staging a sit-in at the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions headquarters in Cairo. They began the sit-in six days ago after Quick …

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Lawyer starts signature campaign for Gamal Mubarak

CAIRO: The coordinator of a signature campaign supporting Gamal Mubarak, son of President Mubarak, as the next president of Egypt says that over 20,000 people have signed in support since it began on Aug. 1, 2010. Lawyer Marwa Hodhod, coordinator of the Sowtak Amana campaign (www.sottak.org) told Daily News Egypt that 26,000 people have signed …

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Year-long disappearance of student must be investigated, say NGOs

CAIRO: Two NGOs are demanding that an immediate inquiry be launched into the disappearance of a university student who has been missing for over a year. The Association for Human Rights Legal Aid (AHRLA) and the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) say that dentistry student Mohamed Said Abdo Turk from Beheira disappeared in …

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Brotherhood members arrested in Alex for promoting petition for change

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested in Alexandria while gathering signatures for the National Coalition for Change’s petition for change. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) says that state security investigations officers raided and searched the homes of nine MB members at dawn on Sunday. A total of six men were detained because …

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New Arabic guide on secure internet usage

CAIRO: A new Q&A in Arabic published this week provides internet users in Egypt with tips on how to use the net securely. “The Q&A Guide to Legal Protection and Digital Security for Internet Users in Egypt” was written by lawyer Ahmed Ragheb and human rights activist Ramy Raouf. Raouf explained to Daily News Egypt …

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Labor movements granted human rights award

CAIRO: An award honoring labor movements and their leaders was given to the workers of Egypt on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The American Federation of Labor and Congress and Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions, awarded the Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award to the Egyptian workers’ movement “in recognition …

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Website editor sentenced to six months in prison for libel

CAIRO: The editor-in-chief of a local website has been sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of LE 200 after being found guilty of libel. The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) said in a statement issued Tuesday that a complaint was filed by Saad El-Gammal, MP for the El-Saff constituency in Helwan, against …

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Health minister prohibits Hepatitis C employment discrimination

CAIRO: A decree by the Minister of Health prohibiting employment discrimination against people infected with Hepatitis C has been welcomed as a “positive but incomplete step” by an Egyptian NGO. Health minister decree 371 provided that infection with the virus “does not compromise medical fitness for appointment to all positions as long as the liver’s …

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NGO calls for probe into death of ‘Madinaty’ judge

CAIRO: An Egyptian NGO is calling for an investigation into a car accident that killed Mamdouh El-Saqqa, a judge who ruled against the government in the Madinaty land sale case. El-Saqqa was vice president of the State Council and head of the contracts department in the Administrative Court. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social …

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Judge in online activists’ trial says he knows nothing about the internet

CAIRO: Lawyers described proceedings in the case of three human rights activists as not meeting the fair trial standards on Saturday in a hearing that saw the judge reverse his decision about questioning witnesses. Gamal Eid and Ahmed Seif, directors of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center …

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EIPR urges release of ‘Hassan Shehata’ detainee

CAIRO: NGO the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on Thursday called for a release order to be issued in favor of a man detained without charge under emergency law powers for over a year to be implemented immediately. Mohamed Farouq Mohamed El-Sayyed was one of a group of 11 detained in April and May …

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Niqab-wearing Fayoum University students to re-sit exams

CAIRO: Fayoum University’s administration has upheld a legal ruling giving a group of female students wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, the right to re-sit examinations. The university’s president was reportedly served with an official warning ordering him to implement the ruling. In January the university cancelled examinations in the psychology and sociology departments that …

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Blogger released after two years in admin detention

CAIRO: Blogger Hany Nazeer who had been held in administrative detention without charge for almost two years, was released on Thursday, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said. Nazeer had been detained in October 2008 after Muslims in Nazeer’s home town of Naga Hamadi, Qena, found a link to an electronic novel called …

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Imprisoned activist a ‘clear message’ from gov’t, says rights group

CAIRO: A three-month prison sentence issued against an activist accused of assaulting police officers during a demonstration, has been condemned as a “clear message from the persistent Egyptian government”. The Qasr El-Nil Misdemeanours Court found 21-year-old Ahmed Abu Doma guilty on May 22, 2010 of assaulting police officers and sentenced him to six months imprisonment. …

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Rights groups call for release of ‘estimated 10,000’ emergency law detainees

CAIRO: Rights groups have renewed calls for the release of detainees held under the emergency law, pursuant to a May amendment that restricted application of emergency powers to narcotics and terrorism cases. Speaking in a press conference organized by Hashd, the Popular Democratic Movement for Change, on Tuesday, lawyer Haitham Mohamedein from the Nadim Center …

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Amonsito end sit-in after pay promises

CAIRO: Amonsito workers have called off a sit-in after a breakthrough in negotiations on redundancy packages. According to union committee head Khaled El-Shishawy, officials from Bank Misr — which brought Amonsito under its administration when its owner Adel Agha fled in 2007 leaving it ridden with debts — agreed to increase to LE 65 million …

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Amonsito workers back to protest for unpaid pay pledges

CAIRO: Workers from the Amonsito textiles company have resumed protest action four months after redundancy pay pledges remain unpaid. On Monday workers gathered at the headquarters of the Egyptian Federation of Trade Unions (EFTU) and began a sit-in in the building’s lobby. Around 100 workers were there on Tuesday afternoon. Amonsito’s Alaa Abdel-Meneim expressed anger …

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Egypt should strengthen links with its diaspora, say IOM reports

CAIRO: The government should do more to strengthen links between the Egyptian diaspora and their home country and make investment opportunities for Egyptians living abroad easier, new reports issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) say. Three reports by the IOM on migration and development in Egypt were launched this week at a seminar …

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Prices of 84 drugs reduced in second stage of health ministry plan

CAIRO: The prices of 84 originator drugs will be reduced, as part of a two-stage reduction in drug prices that began on May 1, 2010, Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly announced Sunday. According to the state news agency, the prices of a total of 84 drugs will be reduced following the implementation of this second stage …

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Court refuses appeal of policeman in beating case

CAIRO: The Cassation Court refused on Sunday an appeal by a police officer against a five-year prison sentence handed down against him. Police colonel Akram Suleiman was convicted of misuse of force, possession of an illegal weapon and causing permanent disability in November 2009 after the Alexandria Criminal Court held him responsible for a brutal …

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Rights group calls on Fayoum University to uphold niqab ruling

  CAIRO: Fayoum University must respect a legal ruling upholding the right of female students wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, to re-sit examinations, an NGO said this week.   In a statement entitled “the punishment of female students for their beliefs must stop,” NGO the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that it …

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Rights groups call on gov't to keep promise to free emergency law detainees

CAIRO: The Egyptian government must release hundreds of detainees being held in administrative detention, in compliance with recent amendments to THE emergency law, a coalition of 12 rights groups said on Tuesday. "The Egyptian government is under an obligation to release all administrative detainees or charge them with a cognizable criminal offense and provide them …

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Activists' trial adjourned to July 17

CAIRO: The case against three human rights activists was adjourned until July 17 on Saturday, after the judge approved defense lawyers’ request for an adjournment. Ahmed Seif El-Islam Hamad and Gamal Eid, directors of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) and Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) respectively, have been charged with libel, blackmail …

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