PFIF Report Monitors Increasing Deterioration Of Human Rights Situation In Egypt


Paris – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Egypt in the face of widespread violations by human rights, political and human rights activists.

PFIF, an international human rights group, issued a report that monitored a series of arbitrary measures by the Egyptian authorities over the past two days in a sign of a human right’s great deterioration.

The Paris-based Francophone Institute of Liberties warned that Egypt is becoming an authoritarian country where oppression is the dominating feature of political, journalistic and legal life, as well as restricting the freedom of opinion and expression and abuse of opponents.

According to a report, the Egyptian authorities arrested activists: Amal Fathi, Shadi Ghazali Harb, Wael Abbas, Haytham Mohamadin and Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (known as Mohammed Oxygen). All of them face charges related to freedom of opinion and expression, and alleged participation in the activities of “terrorist” organizations.

The report reviewed the case of human rights activist Amal Fathi, who faces charges in two separate cases of incitement to overthrow the ruling regime, terrorism and publishing false news about her efforts to promote women’s rights.

The report notes that she is suffering from severe stress as a result of her prolonged detention, as well as a diagnosis of paralysis last July. Her hearing is scheduled for September 29.

The report referred to the decision of the Egyptian State Security Prosecution on Saturday to renew the imprisonment of  Ola Al-Qaradawi, the daughter of the Islamic preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and her husband, the leader of the Center party Hossam Khalaf for 45 days under investigation.

Al-Qaradawi and her husband, Khalaf, are accused of “joining a group established contrary to the provisions of the law and the constitution, planning to carry out armed operations targeting the security forces and disrupting the work of country institutions.”

The report pointed to the detention of Al-Qaradawi solitary confinement a year ago in a small cell, as a wardrobe size, does not contain a bed or toilet, and lack of ventilation and adequate lighting. According to her lawyer, “prison guards allow her only five minutes every morning to use an outside toilet, to find herself forced to reduce the food she eats, to avoid the need to go to the toilet.”

The report dealt with the decision of the Cairo Criminal Court to renew the detention of journalist and researcher Hisham Jaafar for 45 days on a similar charge of belonging to a group established contrary to the provisions of law and receive international bribe, despite the fact that he suffers greatly from the health deterioration, And severe weakness in his sight.

Ja’far is completing three years in arbitrary detention on October 20, the period when he has been denied a visit for more than 10 consecutive months detained outside the law for a full year after exceeding two years of the penalty.

According to the report, Jafar is being punished because of the media authorities’ anger at the establishment of “Mada Institution”, a media foundation , which is its director, as well as research projects in areas such as: “National Dialogue, Tolerance, Conflict Resolution, Family, Women and Children”. Of the Foundation.

According to the political figures, the report pointed to the renewal of the detention of deputy-President of the “strong Egypt” party Mohammed Qasas for 45 days.

The Egyptian authorities accused Al-Qassas of the so called “media -hub” case, which is alleged to fund and support the Muslim Brotherhood, and planning armed and subversive operations in conjunction with the presidential elections that have passed.”

It is also accused of illegal charges of “spreading rumors and false statements against the Egyptian state.” The politician has been subjected to widespread abuses in his prison since his arrest, including security on his apartment, Unilaterally “.

The Egyptian security services arrested the head of the party, Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, on February 14 last year, as well as reservations about the private funds of the leaders of the party, whether liquid or movable or real estate, and prevent them from traveling or running for any political post.

PFIF concluded its report by asking the Egyptian authorities to respect their commitments in international laws and conventions and that all human rights defenders, journalists and opposition figures must be released immediately and all charges dropped.

PFIF stressed that the Egyptian authorities should respect the fundamental freedoms and human rights and, as a matter of priority, take all necessary measures to protect those who defend them and stop violations against them.

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