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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Violence against students increasing, says rights group

CAIRO: Violence against students by security bodies has increased and spread in the past three months, a rights group said Wednesday. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) lists 124 incidents of students being arrested or sent to disciplinary panels between Feb. 24 and April 23, 2010 in its report, “Security Interference in …

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Case of convert to Christianity referred to Constitutional Court

CAIRO: A case brought by a man who converted from Islam to Christianity and is seeking to have his personal identification documents amended was adjourned Tuesday by the Administrative Court. Mohamed Ahmed Hegazy converted to Christianity in the 1990s. He raised a legal case in 2007 against the Egyptian government after the civil status authority …

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Admin court freezes decree on medicine prices

CAIRO: Cairo’s Administrative Court yesterday ordered that the government freeze the application of a Ministry of Health decree passed last year that radically altered the way medicines are priced. “This verdict protects citizens from violations of their right to access to medicine, a right inseparable from the rights to health and life,” lawyer Adel Ramadan …

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Metanoia: A frightening glimpse of Egypt's psychiatric hospitals

Nermine Hammam’s exhibition, Metanoia, currently showing at the Townhouse Gallery is a first of its kind. For three months, Hammam gained unprecedented access to Egyptian psychiatric hospitals and photographed their inmates. The result is a beautiful, frightening glimpse of a forgotten people, isolated by the stigma of mental illness, imprisoned by the draconian laws which …

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Female activists meet Kuwaiti ambassador about deported Egyptians

CAIRO: A group of seven activists met the Kuwaiti ambassador to Cairo Monday to discuss the situation of a group of 33 expatriate Egyptians summarily expelled from Kuwait earlier this month. The men were deported to Egypt after they attempted to create a branch of the National Coalition for Change, a group headed by Mohamed …

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Doctors protest amid disagreements with DWR

CAIRO: The Doctors’ Syndicate held a protest Monday demanding pay improvements, amidst continuing disagreements between it and lobby group Doctors Without Rights (DWR) about the next step to take if the government fails to respond to their demands. Around 40 doctors took part in the protest, the latest to be organized by the syndicate after …

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Information Centers' employees demand permanent status

CAIRO: Workers from Information Centers for Local Development say they will continue the sit-in they began Saturday outside the People’s Assembly until they are made permanent employees. Some 200 men, women and children had gathered on the pavement opposite the People’s Assembly on Sunday, the second protest in less than a month. Information Center employee …

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Court releases 'tortured' protestor on LE 5,000 bail

CAIRO: A Cairo court yesterday released on LE 5,000 bail a protestor charged with resisting the authorities. The public prosecution office had ordered that Bahaa Saber – who says he was tortured in police custody – remain in custody for 15 days pending investigations into allegations that he resisted the authorities. Lawyers from the Hisham …

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Protestor says was tortured for hours by police on Tuesday

CAIRO: A protestor arrested during a Kefaya demonstration on Tuesday says that he was tortured in police custody. Bahaa Saber was seen by Aida Seif El-Dawla, a psychiatrist with the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, on Tuesday night in the El-Hilal Hospital. Seif El-Dawla says that Saber had extensive injuries. …

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Kefaya protestors clash with police

CAIRO: A demonstration organized yesterday afternoon by opposition group Kefaya Movement for Change drew around 200 people and saw brief clashes with the police. The protest was organized exactly a week after a demonstration by the April 6 Youth Movement was violently put down by the police. The response of the police to protests was …

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Rights groups warn against deporting Darfur refugees from Egypt

CAIRO: Human rights groups are calling on the Egyptian authorities not to deport two recognized refugees back to Darfur, and to respect international obligations concerning refugees as Egypt prepares to take over chairmanship of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ (UNHCR) executive committee. Amnesty International says that Mohamed Adam Abdallah and Ishaq Fadl Ahmed …

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Women's group protests deportation, arrest of democracy advocates in Kuwait

CAIRO: Egyptian human rights groups and political activists have condemned the arrest of 33 expatriate Egyptians in Kuwait attempting to create a branch of the National Coalition for Change. Elbaradei2010.com, the website of Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the National Coalition, says that the men were detained on April 8 and 9. Four men, Mohamed Farag, …

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Doctors' Syndicate head says losing 'patience' with wage saga

CAIRO: Doctors’ Syndicate head Hamdy El-Sayyed said that he has “lost patience as a result of young Ministry of Health doctors’ financial situation, in a letter sent to the minister. El-Sayyed informed Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly that “the decree to improve young doctors’ financial situation has not ended their suffering, and incentive payments are paid …

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Interior ministry 'lying' about April 6 demo crackdown, says NGO

CAIRO: An Egyptian NGO yesterday condemned the “many lies and misinformation in a Ministry of Interior statement on the demonstration violently broken up by the police on Tuesday. “The Egyptian interior ministry’s statement contains many lies and misinformation in order to cover up the shameful crimes committed by security forces against unarmed civilians who only …

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ElBaradei needs to develop a rights agenda, says activist

CAIRO: Mohamed ElBaradei, chair of the National Coalition for Change, met with 10 human rights organizations on Tuesday to discuss “the human rights situation in Egypt and its main priorities , the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) said in a statement. CIHRS General Director Bahey Eddin Hassan told Daily News Egypt that the …

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Rights groups condemn 'lawless brutality' against April 6 protestors

CAIRO: Thirty-one protestors facing criminal charges after their participation in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday have been released, amid condemnation of the violent response to the protest by riot police. “This intimidation of opposition activists and government critics must end immediately, said Malcolm Smart, Middle East and North Africa director at Amnesty International, in a statement …

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Police violently crushes April 6 protest

CAIRO: Police violently broke up a protest organized by the April 6 Youth Movement Tuesday, with reports of some 70 arrests. The April 6 Youth Movement announced last week that it planned to stage a march to commemorate the day riots broke out in the Delta town of Mahalla on April 6, 2008. The original …

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Policeman gets 2 years in prison for assaulting physician in court

CAIRO: A policeman who assaulted a psychiatrist was sentenced to two years imprisonment on Sunday. The Damanhour Criminal Court found Ahmed Antar Ibrahim guilty of physically assaulting Dr Magda El-Adly from the Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence in August 2008. The attack took place in April 2008 in a courthouse …

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Labor activists give gov't a month to implement minimum wage ruling

CAIRO: Workers and labor activists have given the government a month to implement a court ruling obliging it to set a minimum wage, or face a wave of protests. Around 300 workers gathered outside the cabinet office on Saturday where they protested against government privatization policies and condemned the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF). Kamal …

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Health Minister to allocate LE 200 mln to improving doctors' pay

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly announced Wednesday that LE 200 million will be apportioned to improving doctors’ pay. The announcement, made during a “surprise visit” to the Faqous general hospital in Sharqeya, was reported yesterday by the state news agency. The funds will be directed towards specialists and assistant specialists, “as part of the health …

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ElBaradei in Mansoura to advocate change

EL-MANSOURA: As part of his campaign for political reform, National Coalition for Change leader Mohamed ElBaradei visited the Delta city of El-Mansoura Friday. After performing Friday prayer at a mosque, ElBaradei, together with between 500 and 600 supporters, onlookers and journalists walked through a street in a procession which quickly turned into a demonstration. ElBaradei …

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Health Minister to allocate LE 200 mln to improving doctors' pay

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly announced Wednesday that LE 200 million will be apportioned to improving doctors’ pay. The announcement, made during a “surprise visit to the Faqous general hospital in Sharqeya, was reported yesterday by the state news agency. The funds will be directed towards specialists and assistant specialists, “as part of the health …

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Minister's alleged statement on healthcare causes confusion

CAIRO: Alleged plans announced by the minister of health to drastically reduce the number of illnesses covered by government-sponsored healthcare have been met by both NGO consternation and confusion, while government aides say they know nothing about the plans. Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly was quoted in Monday’s edition of government mouthpiece Al-Ahram as saying …

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Tanta Flax and Oils workers protest unpaid retirement packages

CAIRO: Some 550 workers from the Tanta Flax and Oils Company continued to protest for the fifth day Tuesday in the company’s factory after early retirement packages were not paid. The protest coincides with an ongoing public prosecution investigation into a complaint lodged by the governor of El-Gharbeya — where the company is located — …

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ElBaradei calls on Egyptians to join National Coalition for Change

CAIRO: Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei appealed to the Egyptian people to join his National Coalition for Change this week, via a message broadcast on the internet. “Change will only happen with every single one of you on board…change isn’t the responsibility of a single person or a single group. It is the responsibility of …

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Minister's alleged statement on healthcare causes confusion

CAIRO: Alleged plans announced by the minister of health to drastically reduce the number of illnesses covered by government-sponsored healthcare have been met by both NGO consternation and confusion, while government aides say they know nothing about the plans. Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly was quoted in Monday’s edition of government mouthpiece Al-Ahram as saying …

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Rights group slams crackdown on students

CAIRO: An Egyptian rights group has condemned the “escalation of the systematic crackdown” on students by Egypt’s State Security Investigations apparatus. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in a statement issued Saturday that 18-year-old Ibrahim Megahed was arrested after posting a wall journal — a student magazine posted on faculty notice boards …

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Doctors call for strike action, Syndicate board advises reconsideration

CAIRO: Doctors’ Syndicate head Hamdy El-Sayyed defended the Syndicate’s board yesterday during a charged general assembly meeting during which some doctors accused the board of being “unable or unwilling to stand up for doctors’ rights. Mona Mina, from the Doctors Without Rights (DWR) group, called for a delegation of doctors to present a petition of …

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16 rights groups to monitor Egypt's implementation of HRC recommendations

CAIRO: The Egyptian government must take “immediate and transparent measures towards the drafting of an action plan for the implementation of human rights recommendations it has vowed to honor, 16 human rights organizations said Wednesday. Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) reviewed Egypt’s human rights record in February under the Universal Periodic …

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Healthcare draft law to be postponed, says minister

CAIRO: Health Minister Hatem El-Gabaly says that the passing of a controversial draft law that if approved will radically shake up Egypt’s healthcare system is to be “postponed for further discussion. According to official news portal egynews.net, El-Gabaly told a seminar on health policy in Egypt held Monday evening at the Opera House that implementation …

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