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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3 Tanta Flax managers sentenced to prison for arbitrary dismissals

CAIRO: In what an NGO describes as a “historic” verdict, three managers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company have been sentenced to two years imprisonment for dismissing employees arbitrarily, among other charges. In April, the attorney general charged company director Abdellah El-Ka’aky, commissioner-general Mohamed El-Seehy and general manager Mohsen El-Ayyat with dismissing employees arbitrarily …

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Egypt accepts 21 out of 25 human rights recommendations at UN

CAIRO: Egypt accepted 21 out of 25 recommendations for human rights reforms made to it by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, when HRC members states’ human rights records are reviewed. This follows the Egyptian government’s acceptance of 119 recommendations during …

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Rights group says ministry gave court false info about drug pricing

CAIRO: The Supreme Administrative Court has adjourned hearing the challenge brought by the government against an April 2010 ruling that froze application of a Ministry of Health decree that radically altered the way medicines are priced. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) filed a case against decree 373 in October 2009, demanding that it …

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Rights Forum launches damning report ahead of UPR meeting

CAIRO: The Forum of Independent Human Rights Organizations presented on Wednesday its report, “Human Rights in 100 Days”, a review of the human rights situation in Egypt between Feb. 20, 2010 and June 1, 2010. The report comes two days ahead of Egypt’s next appearance at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) as part …

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Supreme State Security Prosecution orders release of Ahmadeyya detainees

CAIRO: The Supreme State Security Prosecution office ordered on Monday the release of six men held for 80 days because of their religious beliefs. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) demanded in a press statement issued Tuesday that charges of “contempt for religion” brought against the men — adherents of the Ahmadeyya movement — …

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Lawyers on strike Tuesday to protest 'unjust' detention of colleagues

CAIRO: Lawyers staged a national strike on Tuesday after two lawyers involved in an altercation with a district attorney were held on remand for four days. El-Sayyed El-Feqy, a lawyer from Tanta, El-Gharbeya, told Daily News Egypt that the events began last Saturday June 5, when lawyer Ihab Saey Eddin was waiting for district attorney …

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Doctors group skeptical of ministry's pay increase

CAIRO: Lobby group Doctors Without Rights (DWR) has expressed skepticism about whether doctors will receive pay increases announced by the Ministry of Health. “It is a relatively positive decision if implemented, although it does not meet our full demands. Our problem with such decisions issued by the ministry is that they are not being implemented,” …

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US journalist denied entry into Egypt

CAIRO: An American journalist arrested in 2008 while covering the aftermath of clashes between the police and residents of the Delta town of Mahalla has been prevented from entering Egypt. James Buck, a multimedia journalist, was detained at Cairo Airport in the early hours of Friday morning coming from Germany. He had come to Egypt …

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400 emergency law detainees released, but activist says 'not satisfactory'

CAIRO: Four-hundred people detained without charge under the emergency law have been released, the official state news agency MENA reported Thursday. But judging from the profile of those released and those who remain behind bars, a number estimated in thousands, lawyer and activist Gamal Eid said the news is “not satisfactory.” According to MENA, Interior …

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'Skirmishes' didn't undermine competitive elections, says interior ministry

CAIRO: “Skirmishes” and other incidents at polling stations “did not undermine the Shoura Council elections which were carried out in an atmosphere of positive competition between all candidates,” the interior ministry spokesman said Tuesday. Speaking during a press conference held at the State Radio and Television Building after polls closed at 7 pm, Ismail Khairat, …

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Voters, independent candidates allege electoral fraud in Helwan

  HELWAN: Voters in the Helwan constituency alleged electoral fraud during the Shoura Council elections held Tuesday.   A crowd of roughly 40 voters gathered outside the El-Rassas polling station, Helwan, told Daily News Egypt they had been prevented by police officers from entering polling stations in order to vote. Voters had been informed that …

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ElBaradei tours Old Cairo with 40 supporters

CAIRO: Mohamed ElBaradei visited religious sites in Old Cairo Sunday, the third such visit since he launched his campaign for democratic change. Accompanied by around 40 supporters from his National Coalition for Change movement and a media scrum, the ex International Atomic Energy Agency chief visited the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Jewish Synagogue …

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MENA authorities 'unwilling' to honor human rights, says Amnesty report

CAIRO: State authorities across the Middle East and North Africa region have shown themselves “either reluctant or downright unwilling” to honor human rights obligations, Amnesty International said in its 2010 annual report. This trend has been exacerbated by the threat of terrorism, which is used “as a convenient justification for clamping down further on legitimate …

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Trial of 3 Tanta Flax officials postponed to June 16

CAIRO: The trial of three Tanta Flax and Oils officials accused of violating the rights of workers at the company was postponed to June 16, 2010 on Wednesday, following a session during which the court initially refused to hear the case. Tanta Flax company director Abdellah El-Ka’aky, commissioner-general Mohamed El-Seehy and general manager Mohsen El-Ayyat …

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Security clash with Amonsito workers, disperse parliament sit-ins

CAIRO: Security bodies forced protesters to break-up their sit-ins outside parliament on Sunday, “under threat of arrest”, according to the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC). This followed clashes earlier in the day between the police and workers from the Amonsito company who began a sit-in outside parliament two weeks ago. Negotiations between manpower minister Aisha …

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Trial of political activists postponed till June 26

CAIRO: The opening session of the trial of three activists accused of criminal charges was adjourned Saturday until June 26 this year. The Khalifa misdemeanors court granted requests by defence lawyers that they be allowed time to see the complete case file, and also accepted the civil compensation claim that is routinely raised lodged by …

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Rights activists say judge's case against them 'fabricated'

CAIRO: Human rights activists who are facing criminal charges brought by a judge have condemned the “fabricated” case against them. 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 and misuse of communications. Blogger …

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Foreign aid should be conditional, says NGO

CAIRO: Foreign donors must make aid to Egypt conditional on the government making human rights and democratic change concessions, an Egyptian NGO said Wednesday. “Financial assistance will be meaningless if it is not accompanied by political and diplomatic engagement,” Moataz El-Fegeiry, executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) said. “We need …

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State should allocate 10 pct of budget to healthcare, say activists

  CAIRO: State spending on healthcare must increase to 10 percent of next year’s budget, Right to Health activists said during a protest on Tuesday.   “Health must be the top priority, not only because it’s the people’s right, but because without health and education there can be no development,” said Mohamed Hassan Khalil, a …

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Rights group demands lifting travel ban from Quranist

CAIRO: Security forces must not prevent a Quranist blogger from traveling abroad, an NGO said Monday. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) called on the State Security Investigations body Monday to respect a court decision issued in March which upholds the right of Abdel-Latif Said to travel abroad. EIPR — which on Sunday sent …

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Court orders release of Geziret Mohamed detainees

CAIRO: A court has ordered that a group of 60 detained following clashes between security forces and protestors on Friday be released. Lawyer Ahmed Ezzat told Daily News Egypt that the four-day detention order handed down by the El-Warraq public prosecution office to the group on Saturday was quashed because it was “unjustified”. Ezzat explained …

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Public Prosecutor orders detainment of 60 Gezirat Mohamed residents

CAIRO: The public prosecution office has ordered that 60 people be detained following clashes between security forces and residents of Cairo’s Gezirat Mohamed and Tanash areas. The clashes occurred on Friday when some 3,000 people blocked Cairo’s Ring Road. The crowd had been taking part in a demonstration against a prime ministerial decision to make …

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NGO says 'contempt of religion' charges a rights violation

CAIRO: The continuing detention of nine men who are being held for their religious beliefs demonstrates that the government is not sincere in its pledges to restrict emergency law powers, an NGO said Friday. Members of state security forces arrested nine followers of the Ahmadeyya religious movement on March 15, 2010. Four others were detained …

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Police won't respect new emergency law 'restrictions,' say rights groups

CAIRO: Rights groups have roundly condemned the renewal of Egypt’s state of emergency, approved in a parliamentary vote Tuesday. “By renewing the state of emergency, the Egyptian authorities have given their security forces, especially the State Security Investigations (SSI) officers, carte blanche to continue to use repressive emergency powers that have clearly led to numerous …

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Political groups condemn request to renew emergency law

CAIRO: Twenty political groups have signed a joint statement condemning the request to renew Egypt’s state of emergency for another two years, submitted to parliament by the ruling National Democratic Party on Tuesday. Muslim Brotherhood MPs and members of the Ghad and Karama political parties took part in a demonstration outside the People’s Assembly Tuesday …

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Political groups condemn request to renew emergency law

CAIRO: Twenty political groups have signed a joint statement condemning the request to renew Egypt’s state of emergency for another two years, submitted to parliament by the ruling National Democratic Party on Tuesday. Muslim Brotherhood MPs and members of the Ghad and Karama political parties took part in a demonstration outside the People’s Assembly Tuesday …

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NGO condemns detention of teenage girl held in adult facility

CAIRO: An Egyptian NGO has condemned the detention of a teenage girl at a police facility for the detention of adults. The Egyptian Association for the Advancement of the Condition of Children said in a statement issued Saturday that Hanan Shabaan Ezzat Qotb is being held on remand in Omraneya police station, Giza, amid adults. …

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ICLD workers reach resolution, end sit-in

CAIRO: Workers from the Information Centers for Local Development (ICLD) have ended their sit-in outside parliament after receiving promises of pay increases. According to ICLD employee Abdel-Meneim Sharaf Eddin, a resolution was reached during a meeting of the People’s Assembly’s manpower committee attended by three ICLD employees, the head of the Egyptian Federation of Trade …

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Activists protest cancelation of march, clash with police

CAIRO: Political activists expressed anger Monday after a march planned by opposition activists and MPs from Cairo’s central Tahrir Square to the People’s Assembly was canceled.   The interior ministry announced that permission had been denied for the march on Sunday. A host of legislation, including the emergency law, criminalizes protest action which takes place …

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400 demonstrate for minimum wage near Cabinet

CAIRO: Over 400 people demonstrated for minimum wages near cabinet headquarters in Downtown Cairo amid heavy riot police presence. Protestors tried to break through the barrier set by riot police but were unable to because police received more reinforcements. Protestors were calling upon the government to respond to a court order obliging it to put …

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