Protect leading Human Rights organisation in Egypt
Since November 15th, three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), have been arbitrarily arrested and detained. Take action now to protect them and the human rights movement in Egypt.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) is an organization that works on civil liberties, economic and social rights, criminal justice and environmental justice in Egypt. It defends the rights of religious minorities and members of the LGBT+ community.
On 3 November, the group held a human rights briefing with diplomats. Shortly after this meeting, between 15 and 19 November, Egyptian security forces arrested Mohamed Basheer, Karim Ennarah, and Gasser Abdel-Razek, respectively, Administrative Director, Criminal Justice Unit Director and Executive Director at the organization.
The three human rights workers are now arbitrarily detained pending investigations into charges of “joining a terrorist group", “spreading false news” and "misusing social media”. Mohamed Basheer was also questioned about “committing a crime of funding terrorism”. Security forces and prosecutors questioned them about EIPR’s human rights work including the meeting with diplomats.
They are targeted solely because of the EIPR’s work, in an assault on the human rights organization and the values it represents.
Take action now to save this important organisation and the human rights movement in Egypt.
Call on the Egyptian authorities to:
- Immediately and unconditionally release of Mohamed Basheer, Karim Ennarah, and Gasser Abdel-Razek and drop all investigations against them
- End the brutal crackdown on human rights NGOs, and allow them to carry-out their vital work without fear of reprisals.