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South Feminist Solidarity Statement With The Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights (EIPR)

Thursday 3 December 2020, by siawi3

Source: http://resurj.org/post/south-feminist-solidarity-statement-egyptian-initiative-personal-rights-eipr

South Feminist Solidarity Statement With The Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights (EIPR)

Wed 12/02/2020, 12:00

EIPR has been working since 2002 to strengthen and protect basic rights and freedoms in Egypt through research, advocacy, and litigation in the fields of civil liberties, economic and social justice, and criminal justice. However, at this critical time, they are being attacked by state actors who aim to delegitimise their work as a clear and coordinated response to EIPR’s activism and work on a number of files, foremost of which is monitoring conditions in places of detention and prisons, especially under the COVID-19 pandemic, and its monitoring of the unprecedented surge in the issuance and execution of death sentences in the country.

Please endorse our statement to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the three members of EIPR, and dropping all the charges against Mohamed Basheer, Karim Ennarah, and Gasser Abdel-Razek. We encourage you to share it widely with south-feminist accomplices.

Time is of the essence, please endorse the statement by 4 December 2020. (Full statement below in English, Arabic and Spanish)

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*This statement was drafted by RESURJ, a Global South-led transnational feminist alliance committed to fostering stronger communities by building trust, nurturing solidarity, and sharing power. We are committed to accountability and transparency within our own movements and to a culture of activism that integrates pleasure and joy. We understand that without assuring the protection, safety, and well-being of individual activists, we cannot have sustainable organizations and movements.

SOUTH FEMINIST SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH THE EGYPTIAN INITIATIVE FOR PERSONAL RIGHTS (EIPR)

We are outraged at the recent crackdown against the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) carried out by the Egyptian authorities, and we condemn the ongoing smear campaign streaming through Egyptian media outlets targeting EIPR staff. We, South feminist groups and activists committed to defending human rights, are extremely alarmed by the recent abduction and detention of Mohamed Basheer (Administrative Director), Karim Ennarah (Head of Criminal Justice Unit), and Gasser Abdel-Razek (Executive Director) since November 2020.

EIPR has been working since 2002 to strengthen and protect basic rights and freedoms in Egypt through research, advocacy, and litigation in the fields of civil liberties, economic and social justice, and criminal justice. Following a meeting on November 3 with 13 European diplomats and ambassadors in its office and after announcing the visit in which human rights status in Egypt and worldwide were discussed, on November 15, security forces abducted EIPR administrative manager Mohamed Basheer from his home. On November 18, Karim Ennarah head of the criminal justice unit was abducted from Sinai where he was on vacation. The following day, Gasser Abdel-Razek EIPR’s executive director was arrested from his home in Cairo. All three EIPR staffers were kept in remand for 15 days. On November 26, State Security Prosecution renewed remand detention of Mohamed Basheer for another 15 days in his absence and without his lawyers.

During their interrogations, Karim and Gasser were extensively questioned by the Supreme State Security Prosecution about EIPR’s recent publications examining prison conditions amid COVID-19. On November 23, Gasser Abdel-Razek was brought in for a second interrogation when he communicated with his lawyers he had been held in solitary confinement after having his head forcibly shaved and his belongings confiscated, shivering and sleeping on a metal bed with no mattress in summer clothing. The same inhumane conditions he dedicated his life, along with colleagues, to documenting. It was not until November 28 when his wife and mother were allowed an exceptional visit that he was allowed food and clothing.

Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah, and Mohamed Basheer were charged pending investigation in the case 855/2020 with; 1) joining a terrorist group with the knowledge of its purposes, 2) using a personal account on the internet to spread false information, 3) broadcasting false news and statements that undermine public security and harm public interest. This is not the first time the Egyptian authorities wrongfully detain human rights defenders for standing at the frontlines.

In the middle of a relentless pandemic, EIPR is being viciously attacked for defending basic human rights instead of being supported by the Egyptian government. We echo EIPR’s understanding of this crackdown to be an “attack comes as clear and coordinated response to EIPR’s activism and work on a number of files, foremost of which is monitoring conditions in places of detention and prisons, especially under the COVID-19 pandemic, and its monitoring of the unprecedented surge in the issuance and execution of death sentences. This is in addition to EIPR’s work on monitoring and documenting incidents of sectarian violence and discrimination against women and all individuals and groups that differ from the prevailing and/or socially accepted religious views or sexual orientations and practices, as well as its pioneering research work on strengthening economic and social rights. In other words, EIPR is being targeted as a result of its efforts to defend the basic rights of Egyptians that are guaranteed by the constitution and by international treaties ratified by successive Egyptian governments.”

We, the undersigned feminist groups and activists from across the world, are proud of EIPR’s rigorous and legitimate work on social protection, enviromental sustainability, universal health coverage, religious freedoms, ending death penalty, bodily rights and sexual diversities, and right to fair trials and humane detention. As South feminist groups and activists, we are cognizant of the interconnectedness of our struggles, and how the regressiveness of militarized states turn our lives into daily battles for justice.

We stand in solidarity with Mohamed, Karim, Gasser and countless other activists who are wrongfully detained and incarcerated, and threatened and attacked for defending human rights.

We demand the immediate and unconditional release of the three members of EIPR, and dropping of all the charges against Mohamed Basheer, Karim Ennarah, and Gasser Abdel-Razek. We call on European officials of represented countries in EIPR’s meeting that took place on November 3, to continue calling for the release of EIPR staffers. We call on Egypt to stop attacking and jailing human rights defenders and activists.

Signed feminist groups (name, country/region)

Time is of the essence, please endorse the statement by 4 December 2020.

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