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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Doctors debate draft 'further education' law

CAIRO: Members of Doctors Without Rights (DWR) group have expressed concern about a draft law on further education that is currently before parliament. A copy of the draft “continuous professional development law was published on the Doctors’ Syndicate’s website this week. The draft law provides for the establishment of a “national authority for continuous professional …

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Penal code amendments to combat sexual violence

CAIRO: Proposed amendments introduced to the Egyptian Penal Code will toughen penalties for sexual offences, Justice Minister Mamdouh Marei was quoted as saying by official news portal egynews.net. The amendments are aimed at combating the spread of sexual violence, egynews reports, and will be discussed by cabinet in the coming days. Under the amendments, defendants …

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Little improvement in freedom of association in Arab region in 2009, says report

CAIRO: There was very little improvement in respect for the right to association in Euro-Mediterranean countries, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) said in its third report on freedom of association, released Wednesday. In fact, respect for the right in the region has deteriorated as national legislations and arbitrary interference by security bodies restrict civil …

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Jailed blogger's lawyers denied right to visit for third time

CAIRO: Lawyers of imprisoned blogger Kareem Amer say they have been refused the right to visit him in prison for the third time. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) “strongly condemned the “continuing transgressions committed by, and “arbitrariness of, state security officers in the Borg El-Arab Prison where Amer is incarcerated. According to …

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Doctors renew protests for higher salaries

CAIRO: Protest group Doctors Without Rights (DWR) continued their long-running campaign for better wages for Ministry of Health-employed doctors on Monday with a protest outside the Doctors’ Syndicate. DWR’s Mona Mina explained that the protest sought to draw attention to both doctors’ demands for a minimum wage, and their concerns surrounding a new draft law …

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Protestors demand justice for Nagaa Hammadi victims

CAIRO: Angry protestors called on the government to bring to justice perpetrators of sectarian crimes Saturday, in the wake of the Nagaa Hammadi drive-by shooting, which left seven people – six Coptic Christians and one Muslim – dead outside a Church on Coptic Christmas eve on Jan. 6. The demonstration, organized by the National Committee …

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Rights group condemns verdict upholding ban on niqab during examinations

CAIRO: A rights group has condemned a court decision which upholds the ban on female university students wearing the niqab, or full face covering, during examinations. The State Council’s administrative judiciary rejected over 50 cases brought by female students from several universities against the ban, which applies to the mid-term examinations to be held this …

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Egyptian and international activists protest Gaza wall

CAIRO: International activists from the Gaza Freedom March (GFM) still in Cairo after the Egyptian government’s refusal to let the GFM into the besieged Strip joined a protest Monday against the iron wall being constructed on the border. Around 70 people attended the protest, organized by the April 6 Youth Movement and held outside Cairo’s …

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Court quashes murder conviction of youth who confessed under torture

CAIRO: The conviction of a youth found guilty of murdering a three-year-old boy and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment has been quashed. Ramy Ibrahim was 17 at the time the Tama El-Amadeed Criminal Court handed down the sentence in April last year. In total, Ibrahim spent almost 18 months in prison for the crime that …

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GFM takes Cairo protests to Israeli embassy

CAIRO: International activists from the Gaza Freedom March (GFM) continued protest action against the Egyptian government’s refusal to let them into Gaza with a demonstration in downtown Cairo on Thursday and another outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on Friday. GFM protestors were allowed to demonstrate in front of the Israeli embassy on Friday, traditionally …

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80 activists leave for Gaza amidst internal GFM divisions

CAIRO: Eighty members of the Gaza Freedom March (GFM) left Cairo yesterday morning for the Rafah Crossing, pursuant to an agreement reached with Egypt’s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. However, GFM spokesman Ziyaad Lunat emphasized to Daily News Egypt that the group which left yesterday at 11:30 am “were not going in GFM’s name. “The individuals …

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Detained Bedouin activist interrogated in prison

CAIRO: An activist who has been held in administrative detention for two years was summoned for interrogation this week, rights group the Hisham Mubarak Law Center (HMLC) said. Mosaad Abu Fagr was called from his cell in the Abu Zaabal Prison for questioning in connection with an incident which took place in El-Masoura two years …

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Gaza Freedom March continues Cairo protests for permits to enter Gaza

CAIRO: Members of the Gaza Freedom March (GFM) in Cairo continued to protest on Tuesday, demanding that the Egyptian government allow them into Gaza. “My question is, what is the Egyptian government afraid of? Do we look like criminals? We want to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza who have been suffering terribly …

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Trial of police officers accused of misuse of force adjourned

CAIRO: The trial of three police officers accused of misuse of force has been adjourned till Jan. 18. Claimant Shady Zaghloul alleges that he was tortured while detained in the Sixth October police station in October 2007. The 24-year-old says that his hands were bound to his feet behind his back and that he was …

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Arab gov'ts can't stop the internet, says rights group report

CAIRO: The internet is a “snowball of democracy in the Arab world and cannot be stopped by governments, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said in a report issued during this week. “Blogging – and in general anything published on the internet – is beyond the control of Arab governments which attempts to …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Human rights in the dock

That nothing had changed about Egyptian authorities’ attitude towards political protest was clear from the very start of 2009, and was experienced first-hand by demonstrators and journalists attacked and arrested during protests against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. Demonstrations and activists While very few, tightly-controlled protests were allowed, spontaneous displays of mass anger …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Prison sentences mar freedom of expression; significant progress in right of belief

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 2005 promise that custodial sentences for journalists who commit publishing crimes would be abolished remained unfulfilled in 2009. Freedom of expression In October, Al-Shorouk editor Salama Ahmed Salama and journalist Saber Mashour were sentenced to one year in prison in absentia (with the option of paying a fine instead) after the …

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Mahalla labor activists may go on hunger strike

CAIRO: Labor activists from the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory are threatening to launch a hunger strike in protest at the sacking of factory workers. The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) said in a statement issued Monday that 15 workers are protesting inside the company’s headquarters. CTUWS also says that more than 500 …

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HRW urges Egypt to halt lethal force against migrants on border

CAIRO: Egypt must stop using lethal force against migrants attempting to cross its border with Israel, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report issued this week. The report, “Slow Movement: Protection of Migrants’ Rights in 2009, was issued to coincide with International Migrants’ Day Friday. “For those who are lucky, migration can mean a …

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Gov't UN human rights report hails reform, contradicts NGO reports

CAIRO: The Egyptian government has been responsible for “speeding up the reform and development process.and disseminating a human rights culture in society a government report presented to the United Nations says. The report was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) as part of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, whereby the human rights records …

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Ghazl El-Mahalla labor activist sacked after aborted strike

CAIRO: NGO the Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) has condemned the sacking of a worker at the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory as a “dangerous escalation and crude violation of basic labor standards. Mostafa Fouda was informed on Thursday last week that he had been dismissed from his position at the state-owned spinning …

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Human rights report implicates Egypt in Libyan dissidents' disappearance

CAIRO: A report on the human rights situation in Libya has implicated Egyptian security authorities in the disappearance of Libyan dissidents during the 1990s. Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) report, “Libya: Truth and Justice Can’t Wait is based on a 10-day visit to the country by HRW in April and examines Libya’s human rights records. The …

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Kefaya says to boycott Egypt elections, select 'alternative president'

CAIRO: Protest group Kefaya announced that it will “boycott the upcoming 2010 and 2011 parliamentary and presidential elections. Speaking during a demonstration held on Saturday afternoon outside Cairo’s High Court building, Kefaya leader Abdel Halim Qandil said that elections in Egypt merely “rubber stamp administration appointments. He called on opposition forces to join his initiative …

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Mahalla planned strike aborted by security

CAIRO: A strike planned by workers at the Ghazl El-Mahalla spinning factory on Monday was called off because of intimidation by security bodies and the factory’s administration, the Center for Trade Union and Workers’ Services (CTUWS) said in a statement. On Sunday statements had been handed out calling for a strike at the factory, which …

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Trial begins today of three police officers accused of brutality

CAIRO: The trial begins today of three police officers who a man alleges tortured him and illegally detained him, his wife and child. Haitham Mohamedain, a lawyer with the Nadeem Center for the Rehabiliation of the Victims of Violence says that Shady Maged Saad Zaghloul was stopped by police officer Sherif Samir Ahmed Metwally on …

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Human rights groups present bleak picture ahead of UN Feb. review

CAIRO: Human rights organizations have painted a bleak picture of the state of human rights in Egypt in reports submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). The reports were sent as part of the HRC’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism, whereby the human rights records of UN member states are examined every four years …

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Quranist detained at Cairo Airport released

CAIRO: A man detained at Cairo Airport while he was en route to watch Egypt’s World Cup playoff match against Algeria in Sudan was released last week, after seven days in custody. Abdel-Latif Mohamed Said was detained by State Security Investigations (SSI) officers at Cairo Airport on Wednesday Nov. 18, 2009. He was then transferred …

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