Egypt: Hunger Strike in Qanater Women’s Prison

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Since the State Security Prosecution Department banned visits for Dr Basma, she started a hunger strike a week ago.

However, the Qanater prison administration, here, ignored her protest and pleas completely. Consequently, we – her mates in Qanater Prison – have decided to show solidarity by joining her hunger strike.

We are:

Mahinour Al-Masry

Rafidah Ibrahim

Alaa Alsayed

Asmaa Syed Salah

Esraa Khaled

Rana Abdullah

Sarah Abdullah

Despite differences in our ideological orientations and intellectual affiliations, we will not give up the right of any detainee.

Therefore, we decided to start a hunger strike, here in prison, until Dr Basma is given her most basic human right – to see her children.

We will continue our strike until the implementation of the court’s decision to allow her visiting rights. Although some of us already suffer ill health, and Dr Basma is undergoing important heart check-ups, the prison administration continues to refuse formal complaints and statements to prove the hunger strike action. This makes us wonder: “Is it carelessness? Or orders from National Security (State Police)?!”

We suspect National Security (State Police) intervention in the non-implementation of the court’s decision. Hence, we will continue our strike, insisting on our demand, until the end.

People of conscience and goodwill understand that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Dr Basma suddenly found both herself and her husband accused in a big sham lawsuit, deprived of seeing their two young children, who have no-one to look after them.

Let us hope the voice of conscience, humanity and justice will be louder than all voices of injustice and oppression.

Qanater Female Political Prisoners

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US-Backed Egypt Regime Murders 24-year-old Taxi Driver Mohamed Ali Ismail

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The killing sparked a protest by residents at the Cairo security directorate

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Ahram Online

Thursday 18 Feb 2016

A low-ranking policeman killed a citizen “by mistake” in Cairo’s impoverished and populated neighborhood El-Darb Al-Ahamr, Egypt’s interior ministry said on Thursday.

“A low-ranking policeman was accompanying his relative to buy some goods and when both were uploading goods to a taxi, they had a fight with the taxi driver,” Cairo’s security directorate said in a statement.

“The policeman pulled his gun to end the fight but a bullet came out of the gun by mistake, killing the taxi driver.”

The taxi driver is 24-year-old Mohamed Ali Ismail, whose body was transferred to Cairo’s Ahmed Maher hospital. The general prosecution is investigating the incident.

According to local news reports, El-Darb El-Ahmar residents staged an impromptu protest at the nearby Cairo security directorate.

“A large number of people gathered in an attempt to catch the policeman but he managed to escape,” a security source told Ahram’s Arabic news website.

General Khaled Abdel Mataal, the head of the security directorate, met the victim’s sister at the directorate to offer his condolences. He promised to arrest the policeman, who is still at large, according to Ahram.

Activists’ detention renewed, call to revoke Wael Ghoneim’s nationality dismissed

Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison, where former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli are held at, in the outskirts of Cairo June 4, 2012. Egypt's general prosecutor lodged an appeal on Sunday against the acquittal of six senior police officials charged with the killing of protesters during the uprising against Mubarak, an assistant to the prosecutor said. Mubarak and al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for their role in the killings. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison, where former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli are held at, in the outskirts of Cairo June 4, 2012. Egypt’s general prosecutor lodged an appeal on Sunday against the acquittal of six senior police officials charged with the killing of protesters during the uprising against Mubarak, an assistant to the prosecutor said. Mubarak and al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for their role in the killings. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

Cairo, Jan 17 (Aswat Masriya) – A Cairo judge decided on Sunday to renew detention of Taher Mokhtar, a member of the Freedoms Committee in the Doctor’s Syndicate, and two others for 15 days pending investigations.

The three defendants, arrested on Jan.14, are accused of possessing leaflets calling for the overthrow of the regime. The leaflets featured content criminalising medical negligence in prisons coupled with calls to reform the health sector and demands to overthrow the current government, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).

Homeland security claimed their investigations indicated that the detained individuals were attempting to incite citizens to join protests on Jan. 25, which marks the annivesary of a popular uprising that toppled then-President Hosni Mubarak after he ruled the country for 30 years.

The Cairo Administrative Court also rejected on Sunday a lawsuit filed by a lawyer who sought to revoke the Egyptian citizenship from political activist Wael Ghoneim.

Lawyer Samir Sabry accused Ghoneim of working for the “external forces” that “control and protect him.”

Ghoneim became a popular figure after the January 25 uprising. He was one of the co-founders of the well-known Facebook page created to criticise police brutality, “We are all Khaled Said”, set up in memory of a young man who was beaten to death while in police custody in June 2010.

On Saturday police forces arrested ِAhmed Youssef, a photojournalist, as he was taking a photograph of the trees next to Cairo University. Police accused him of photographing “police facilities”, in reference to police vehicle that was in the area. He was released on Sunday without any charges, according to AFTE.

Security officers also stormed the privately-owned Masr al-Arabia news website and arrested its managing editor on Jan. 14. He was released the day after pending investigations.

Egyptian poet and novelist Omar Hazek was also prevented from travelling to the Netherlands to attend the Writers Unlimited Festival, where he was set to receive the Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards for Freedom of Expression in a ceremony.

Hazek previously spent two years in prison before he was pardoned among 100 others last September by virtue of a presidential decree.

The arrests and court decisions came a little over a week before the fifth anniversary of the January 25 uprising, which toppled former president Honsi Mubarak in 2011.

Muslim Brotherhood, April 6, Revolutionary Socialists banned from student union elections

A photo for Cairo University May 19, 2008. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

  CAIRO, Nov. 1 (Aswat Masriya) – The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education will start accepting Monday candidacy applications for student union elections after announcing the exclusion of students belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the April 6 Youth Movement and the Revolutionary Socialists.
A preliminary list of candidates will be announced on Thursday, with a final list after  appeals are settled due to be publicized on November 10. Campaigning will take place from Nov. 11-15 and election day will be on Nov. 16.

The student union elections come after a two-year hiatus, the last elections being held in 2013.

Cairo University President Gaber Nassar told Aswat Masriya that student elections will be conducted in accordance with the university bylaws and the university administration will not interfere in the process.

He stressed the importance of student participation in the elections to form a council that represents them.

He also urged candidates to abide by campaign rules and to refrain from using any partisan or religious solgans.

According to a source in the ministry of higher education, the ban on the Muslim Brotherhood-affliated students and that on April 6 members are based on court rulings designating the first a terrorist organization and the second banning its activities.

The source didn’t specify a reason for banning the Revolutionary Socialists.

Four camps have already emerged. The first one is an alliance including the banned groups and members of Al Dostour party. The second was established by the pro-regime Mostaqbal Watan party (The Nation’s Future Party) which had raked 30 seats in the first phase of the recent parliamentary elections running under the slogan Tahya Masr (Long Live Egypt), the slogan used in President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s presidential campaign.

The third camp is an alliance called Soot Tollab Masr (The Voice of Egypt’s Students) which seek to take politics out of university life, while the fourth includes independent students and remnants of former student unions.

The Ministry of Higher Education has made several amendments to the student activity bylaws which, critics say, curtail their participation in elections.

The ministry has disqualified certain students from running in the elections: non-Egyptians, those who didn’t pay the university fee of EGP 10, students who are not involved in student activities excluding freshmen, students who were punished by a  disciplinary committee and students who belong to a banned organization.

In an October statement, the Revolutionary Socialists rejected the new bylaws, questioning the “integrity” of the coming student union elections which they believe will be “the regime’s arm” in universities.

India Protests Egypt President al-Sisi’s Visit

India Protests Egypt President al-Sisi’s Visit

By Students Islamic Organisation of India, Delhi Zone

New Delhi: A protest was held on Wednesday against the visit of Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Around two hundred people from different parts of the city gathered at Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House to protest against General el-Sisi who overthrew his country’s first democratically elected government of president Mohammad Morsi through a military coup in 2013.

General el-Sisi is in Delhi to attend India-Africa Forum Summit.

The protesters were holding placards with various slogans like ‘Failed Egypt Economy No Help to India,’ ‘Go Back Sisi, Not Welcome at India’. The protest demonstration was jointly organized by All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Association for Protection of Civil Rights and Students Islamic Organisation of India.

“Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is guilty of occupying power after ousting a democratically elected legitimate government in an illegal and immoral way and is responsible for brutally killing and arresting thousands of people. It is, therefore, extremely sad that India a bastion of democracy has invited an anti-democracy and fascist dictator like Sisi. This move of the government goes against the nature and will of the democracy-loving masses, and is therefore condemnable and reprehensible,” said the organizers in a press statement.

The press statement further states, “Even after two years in office the dictatorial regime of Sisi continues to wreak havoc upon the people of Egypt with thousands killed and tens of thousands illegally detained and punished without a fair trial. The Egyptian economy is in shambles and inflation and unemployment has reached unmanageable levels. Amidst all this doom and gloom General Sisi continues to claim that he is a legitimate ruler of Egypt and is contesting for President in an elections which all international agencies have called a mockery of democracy”.

In view of the ongoing India-Africa summit, the Delhi Police blocked some groups of protestors from going towards Jantar Mantar.

A group of 50 people in Jamia Nagar area was not allowed to proceed towards the Jantar Mantar. Armed police force was deployed forcing the protestors to gather at the local police station where they shouted slogans against el-Sisi and Delhi police.
#IAmSorryEgypt

 

Photos: Noorul Mubin Nadaf

 

Egypt: 500 Civilians Killed During the Military Operation “Retribution for the Martyr” in Sinai

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A security operation “Retribution for the martyr” took place in coordination with the police and military beginning in September 2015 in the Sheik Zuweid and Rafah districts in North East Sinai in what they alleged to be a ‘war on terrorists’ against the ongoing insurgency.

The operation continued for 16 days during which the Egyptian military spokesman stated on its official Facebook page that the military was able to combat and seize weapons and ammunition storage places and take over main roads in the area in addition to destroying large numbers of vehicles including 4WD, motor bikes and others and communication devices.

The statement ended highlighting that the operation which was launched and intended to save the area from terrorists had ended on September 22, 2015.
In an official statement by the military it alleged that it took precautions to take care of civilians and protect them.

In ten different statements issued daily during the operation the military alleged that the forces were able to kill 535 people describing them as ‘terrorists without revealing their names, times of death or even reasons they were killed while 578 others were arrested. It added that the military will continue in its alleged operation against terrorists in the city of Arish 40 km away following the feast break. Continue reading

Egyptian Army Begins Flooding Of Gaza Tunnels

via Middle East Monitor

Blockaded by Israel since 2007, Gaza used to receive much-needed supplies through the network of smuggling tunnels on its border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Since the 2013 military coup against President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the smuggling tunnels along the border with Gaza.

One of the tunnel owners, a Palestinian man who goes by the name of Abu Mohammad, told Anadolu Agency: “The Egyptian army started pumping large amounts of water from the Mediterranean Sea into the tunnels through large underground pipes that have hundreds of holes in them. These pipes were extended in the past in a trench that extends across the borders between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.”

Abu Mohammad also explained that large amounts of water flooded the tunnels that were used to smuggle food, medicine and construction materials from Egypt to Gaza.