Weekly Newsletter no. 436

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

Weekly Newsletter no. 436

25/2/2013 –3/3/2013

9th Year

Egypt

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Egypt: The Government Must Stop the Crimes of its Security Bodies against the Protesters in Mansoura

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the unjustified escalating violence by the police officers against the protesters in the city of Mansoura, Dakahlia Governorate, which led to the murder of three citizens and wound many others, according to the assurance of some doctors in the city.

Mansoura witnessed, last Friday, for the fifth successive day, violent engagements between the security and unknown civilians as the Molotov and stones were mutually threw between them. The security forces also used heavy tear gas bombs. The recorded injuries indicate that the security forces or their civilian supporters used cartouche and ammunition which led to at least one dead. The rights combat vehicles used, intentionally, chased the protesters, crashed and run over some of them which resulted in the death of at least one of them. The violations included the arbitrary arrest of several demonstrators and passers who coincidently been there at the time of the event.

 

Egypt: ANHRI Denounces the Deny an Entry of a Bahrain Activist by the Egyptian Authorities

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the deny an entry of a Bahraini activist without clear reasons, in a persistence of Egyptian regimes hostile to the rights’ activity.

The Egyptian authorities, on night of Friday March 1, 2013, prevented the Bahraini writer, political activist and the member of the Shura member of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bahrain- the most prominent political opposition movements in Bahrain- “Ramala Abdulhamid”, from entering Egypt after scanning her documents and detention her in the Airport authorities for three hours before deporting her to Bahrain again; without clear reasons.

The preventing of the female activist from entering the persistent of preventing the Arab political and rights’ activities from entering the Egyptian territories. As the authorities prevented the rights’ activist “Mariam El-Jhawajah” in April 2012 from entering the country before some of the civil society organizations be in solidarity with  her until she was able to enter the country. In August the same thing repeated with her but this time she didn’t enter. In addition to held and preventing the rights’ advocate “Nabil Rajab” and his deportation from the country, after the fail of the attempts of the activists and the lawyers to convince the authorities to let him in during April 2012.

 

Morsi’s government must withdraw bill to nationalize civil society from Shura Council and reject FJP bill to stifle human rights organizations

The undersigned rights organizations strongly condemn the authoritarian tendencies of President Mohamed Morsi’s party (the Freedom and Justice Party) and his government, illustrated by their lack of respect for international human rights standards and particular disregard for the freedom of association. The government is repressing the right of civil society organizations to freely carry out their activities through arbitrary limitations on their financial resources and security interference in their work, as seen in the statement directed at “local entities” by the prime minister warning them against participating in any activities with what he called “foreign bodies” without obtaining permission to do so from the security apparatus – despite the fact that there is no legal basis for this. The president’s party and his government are working to issue a new law designed to nationalize civil society and deal a mortal blow to human rights organizations. There are currently two similar bills under consideration, differing in their details but evincing the same authoritarian philosophy. Either bill, if passed, will serve to insulate the old machine of repression and torture from criticism and oversight, facilitate the suppression of freedom of expression and the press, and eliminate the relative protection that rights groups currently provide to victims of human rights abuses.

 

Egypt: The Ministry of Education must face the discrimination against the female students because of the veil

 

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the depriving a of the female student from being honored for her excellence because she does not wear the veil.

The director of the primary school in Alamriah, Alexandria, has deprived the student who has excelled in the Karate sport from joining her colleagues to in a memorial photo because she doesn’t wear a veil!

This incident comes in the series of the similar facts, as the most significant, when a school teacher in Luxor October 2012, cut the hair of a student in the third grade the primary school as a punishment for not wearing a veil, which is a phenomena reflect the general climate of using certain aspects, considered by some as an evidence to religious commitment, against some classes in the society.

 

The Government Continues Confiscation of the Right to Strike and Peaceful Protest Referring Administratives in the Ministry of Education of Sohag and 3 Teachers in Suez for Investigation

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the persistent of the authorities to confiscate the right to mass expression of the opinion and prosecute the workers and teachers in the judicial and administrative investigation on the background of their participation or call for peaceful protest to press their superiors in order to achieve their economic and social demands in addition to improve their working circumstances.

In Suez, the governor and the undersecretary of the ministry of education during their visit to the school of “Canal”, decided to refer three teachers to investigation before the legal affairs on the background of inviting to protest for achieve their demands in improving their finical situation and determine lowest and highest pay for the bounces of the tests and establishing colleague fund in addition to be included in the executive regulation of the staff of the Suez canal authority.

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Yemen

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Yemen: Yemeni Forces Kill a Citizen and Wound Others in an Attempt to End a Civil Disobedience by Force

 

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the use of the excessive force by the security forces in dealing with the protesters in the southern area in Yemen, in an attempt to end the civil disobedience that was started by residents of the southern area.

The security forces tried to end the civil disobedience that took place in the seven directorates of Eden on Saturday February 23, 2013, to protest on the wound of several activists from the southern movement and arrest other on Thursday 21, 2013, during the peaceful demonstrations to demand for the separation of the southern area of Yemen from the State of Yemen.

 

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Palestine

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Palestine: ANHRI demands an international investigation regarding the death of the prisoner “Jaradat” after being tortured by the occupation forces

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), holds the Israeli authorities responsible for the death of the prisoner “Arafat Jaradat” as a result of torturing and being brutal to him until death in “Majdouh” on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

It should be noted that occupation the occupation forces arrested “Jaradat”, 30 years old, February 18, 2013 on the allegations of belonging to “Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades” as he was sent to the prison of “El-Jelmah” directly without pressing charges on him and without passing to any of the near investigation centers from his house as applicable. He was detained in “Jelmah” prison for four days and was subjected for a harsh investigation until he was sent to “Majdo prison” as he was banned from meeting his lawyers from the first day by the intelligence of the occupation forces.

It is worthy to note that he wasn’t the only one to be tortured in the prisons, as such prisons witness a violent riots due to the Israeli violations against the rights of the prisoners such as the administrative arrest, torture and deliberate medical negligence.

Palestine: Occupation Forces Wound 8 Demonstrators in the in Qasrah in the south of Nablus

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the use of rubber bullets by the Israeli occupation forces to disperse the Palestinian peaceful demonstration that took place on the background of invading a village in Nablus.

The occupation forces, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, used the excessive force to dispers

The occupation forces threw heavy tear gas bombs to disperse the demonstrations and used the rubber bullets, which led to 8 persons by different injuries while someone called “Edwan Awdah” had severe injuries in the head.

 

Palestine: Occupation Forces Repress the Soldiery Marches with the Prisoners by Live and Rubber Ammunition and Arrest Tens of them

 

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information strongly denounces the use of excessive force by the occupation army and wound several Palestinian demonstrators and photographers by live and rubber ammunition, during the marches that took place in the areas of the occupied west bank in solidarity with the prisoners, particularly, as who are in a hunger strike.

The occupation forces aimed live and rubber ammunition on the Palestinian demonstrators in front of “Oufar” military prison, on Friday February 15, 2013, which led to tens of injuries by rubber and live ammunition. The occupation forces dispersed the demonstrators of Quds who are in solidarity with the prisoner “Samer El-Essawy” by sound bombs and rubber bullets, as seven of the demonstrators were wounded by the live bullets and then they were sent to the hospital. The use of the excessive force to repress the demonstrators in the prison of “El-Jelmah” near by Jenin which led the wound of four Palestinians. The occupation forces arrested ten persons, in addition to the injuries to tens of suffocations due to the tear gas bombs.

ANHRI said that “the assault conducted by the occupation authorities on the peaceful demonstrators, is a serious violation to all the standards of the international treaties, which guarantees the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly”.

 

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Bahrain

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Bahrain: ANHRI Denounces the Upheld of the Imprisonment Sentence against the Rights’ Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja for Month on the background of Entering Pearl Roundabout

 

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the decision issued by the Bahraini court to reject the appeal of the rights’ activist Zainab Al-Khawaja on the judgment issued against her to imprison her for a month on the background of entering a restricted area which is the Pearl roundabout. ANHRI also denounced the statement of the Ministry of Interior on the non-delivery of the body of the martyr Jaziri.

The Bahraini court has issued a decision to reject the appeal of Zainab Al-Khawaja on the Bahraini court on Monday, December 10, 2012, which sentenced her for a month and to ensure 100 dinars to stop the execution of the sentence on the background of charges to participate in unauthorized demonstration on February 12, 2012, and the entry of Pearl Roundabout, which authorities consider it as a restricted area. Despite she and who were walking in the street naturally; they did not do any act, any word or commit any crime punishable by the law. In addition to the lack of an official decision indicates that the area of Pearl roundabout is a restricted area. She languished 8 days of the sentence period and there are 22 days to complete it.

 

Bahrain: The Security Forces Continue Violating the Citizens Rights in the Light of Impunity

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounces today the forces assault on the houses by tear gas bombs and aimed ammunition randomly.

Bahriani security threw tear gas bombs randomly on the houses in the area of “Sahr Kan” and aimed the bullets randomly on the houses despite that there is no demonstration or a protest at this time, which scared the citizens and resulted in the injuries of some of them suffocations as a result of the heavy gases.

In a related context, the family of the martyr “Hassan El-Jazeeri” announced the strike of their brother in the central prison of Jowa which led to denounce the imprisonment of his martyr brother for the fifth day, in a declaration of the continuation of the strike until the delivery of the body.

In a persistence to the series of the impunity, the court acquitted two police forces who were accused of killing the martyr “Fadel El-Matrook” who was killed in 2011, as the two of the staff in the ministry of interior were accused of amied shot gun without the intention to kill him, which wound him and led to his death.

 

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UAE

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UAE: The Authorities Arrest Number of Activists, Hours Before the Mockery Trial of 94 Detainees

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the arrest of some of the citizens without specific charges by the authorities.

The security forces established wide arrest campaign included 6 persons from the activists and rights advocates, since the night of Friday March 1, 2013, until the night of March 2. Such campaign established days before the mockery trial of the 94 defendant, who are accused of plaining to overthrow the regime. Fahad El-Hagry, Adel-Zar’oni, Khaled Fadel El-Swidid, Ismail El-Howasni in addition to the arrest of Dr. Ahmed Saleh El-Hamdai.

The new arrests come in the list of the activists who signed the petition of the reform in UAE in March 2011, in order to press the the call for reform association to leave the demands related to political and social reforms in addition to intimidate the citizens who are in solidarity with the detainees.

 

UAE: After Being the Reason in Canceling the Conference on the Arab Spring, the Authorities Denied Entry of Bahraini Journalists

 

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces today denying entry to journalists without clear reasons after they have arrived to Dubai Airport on Monday February 25, 2013.

Dubai Airport authorities denied entry, on Monday February 25, 2013, for the chief-editor of “Wasat” “Mansour El-Gamri”, his wife “Reem Khalifah” and the correspondent of “associated press”. Their names were added to the denied entry list to UAE, without reasons to take such arbitrary step against prominent journalists.

El-Gamri and Reem were in a visit to UAE to present a paper in an international conference organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in Dubai, which focuses on the administration of the newspapers according to the technical and market development but they were held in the airport and were deported to Bahrain.

 

UAE: The authorities violate the academic freedom and became a reason to cancel a conference on the Arab Spring in the UAE

 

Cairo February 26, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the authorities intransigences with a research group in London university for economy and restrict the scientific materials that should have presented in the conference that should have been held in February 24, 2013, on the Arab spring.

The UAE authorities “Christian Cotis Oulrichesn” a university visitor lecturer who was denied any entry when he arrived the country to participate in the conference, which was held under the title “Middle East: the transition in the Arab world”, in which he will speak about “the international dimensions of the protests in Bahrain”. The Emirati authorities had requested from the conference organizer to delete any discussions about Bahrain from the conference program. “Christian Cotis Oulrichesn”, had published several articles criticizing the government of Bahrain in dealing with the mass protests that erupted in 2011.

The university of London for Economy, announced on February 23 of canceling the conference that will be held in UAE in cooperation with the American university in Sharajah to answer the authorities restrictions that were imposed by the authorities on the intellectual and scientific content of the conference.

 

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Saudi-Arabia

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Saudi-Arabia: The Regime Arrests Protesters due to Demanding the Release of Detained Women and Children

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the arrest of a large number of protesters in “Bredah” by the authorities while they were protesting to release the women who were arrested in the dawn of February 27, 2013.

The Saudi-Arabia security forces, on Friday dawn of March 1, have arrested large number of protesters in front of the investigation authority in the city of “Bredah” in the middle of Saudi-Arabia. They protested to call for the release of the women who were arrested in the dawn of February 27, 2013.

Large number of the families from the women detainees protested in front of the authority of investigation, which led the prince of “Qasim” to ask for a delegation from them to meet him, but they refused that, as said told the officer who presented them the offer of the prince to meet them, that they will not meet him before the release of all women and the enforcing the order. Then the security forces told them that they have the choice to be dispersed by force or by themselves, which actually conducted by the security forces, as 176 of the protesters were arrested at least 15 women, according to the ministry of interior statement to Saudi News Agency but the activists said that the number of the detainees is 300 protesters; were forced to get in the police vehicles and they were handcuffed. Women were sent to El-Saffra prison in Qasim while the place of detention of men is not known yet.

 

Saudi Arabia: Saudi regime must halt the continued violations against the families of the detainees

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the arrest of women and children on the dawn of February 27, 2013 during their protest in front of “Bredah” prison to demand the release of their relatives in Saudi’s prisons without charges or trials for years.

The security forces arrested more than 50 women and children after their participation in a protest continued for 48 hours in “Bredah” in “Qasim” to demand the release of their relatives who are in prisons for years without trials, as the policemen on the dawn of February 28, 2013, arrested and forced them to get in the police vehicles, where they were transferred to “El-Safarah” prison in Bridah.

On Monday 25 of February, a huge number of women and children begin a protest in front of “Bredah” prison calling for the release of their relatives. They have burned the picture of the minister of interior and the policemen harassed them by confiscating the banners and microphones, in addition to the arrest of some men who were providing them with water and food.

 

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Qatar

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Qatar: Sentencing the Poet Ibn El-Zeeb is a Persistent in Politicizing his Case

 

The Arabic Network for Human Right Information (ANHRI), denounces the decision issued from the Qatari court of appeal, which sentence the poet “Mohamed ben El-Zieb El-Ajmay” for 15 years on the back ground of a poem criticized some close people to the prince of Qatar on Youtube.

The National State Security Court has sentenced him, in hearing held on November 29, 2012, for a life imprisonment against the poet “Ben El-Zieb” on charges of inciting to overthrow the regime and insulting the Emir of Qatar and the Crown Prince.

ANHRI said that “the sentence issued by the court of appeal of imprisonment against the poet is a harsh decision and a persistence to politicize the trial in addition to the sentence that violate all the international norms and treaties, signed by them. It is also setback in the field of the freedom of expression; how could a regime respects a freedom of expression or to punish him for his opinion due to his harsh penalty”.

 

 

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