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Rights group proposes creation of body to oversee elections

CAIRO: Rights group The National Foundation for Transitional Justice presented a draft law to parliament on Monday proposing the establishment of an intermediary body to permanently oversee local elections, according to Ali El-Feel, the group’s director. The body will ensure all citizens are granted their full political rights with regards to standing for elections and …

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Military Court dismisses blogger's case

CAIRO: Blogger Ahmed Mostafa was released Sunday after an Egyptian Military Court decided to dismiss the case filed against him for accusing the military of corruption. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) welcomed the release, referring to the court’s decision as the “right one. Mostafa’s lawyers, who are members in the unit for …

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Military court adjourns blogger's trial

CAIRO: The Egyptian Military Court adjourned Monday the trial of Egyptian blogger Ahmed Mostafa to Tuesday. Defense lawyers, affiliated with the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), said they were not allowed to acquire copies of the case’s documents. They were only allowed to see certain documents inside the courtroom, they said. Mostafa, a …

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Ruling in case of Christian convert expected in April

CAIRO: The Administrative Court will issue a final ruling on April 27 in the case filed by a man who converted from Islam to Christianity to change his religious affiliation on official documents. The case dates back to 2007, when Mohamed Hegazy, 26, who changed his name to Bishoy Armia Boules, filed a lawsuit demanding …

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Nour tells Baradei to jump in political arena

CAIRO: “ElBaradei is a hypothetical candidate . I’m the real one, former head of the opposition Al-Ghad party Ayman Nour told reporters at his Zamalek home Saturday. Commenting on the potential presidential candidacy of the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, who arrived in Cairo Friday amid much fanfare, Nour described …

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Prosecutors release April 6 activists on LE 200 bail

CAIRO: The North Giza Prosecutor on Thursday ordered the release of coordinators of the April 6 Youth Movement Ahmed Maher and Omar Ali on LE 200 bail each. Prosecutors had charged the activists with plotting to overthrow the regime, the distribution of politically inflammatory pamphlets as well as attempting to change the constitution through coercive …

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Rights center takes church land dispute to President

CAIRO: In the ongoing dispute over the land surrounding the Virgin Mary Church in Alexandria, Al Kalima Center for Human Rights presented a memo to President Hosni Mubarak reasserting the church’s legal ownership of it. The memo, which was drafted by vice president of Al Kalima Center Joseph Malak, includes historical and legal accounts that …

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Police arrests April 6 coordinators ahead of ElBaradei's popular reception

CAIRO: Egyptian police at dawn on Wednesday arrested two leaders of the April 6 Youth Movement as they sprayed political graffiti in Agouza. General Coordinator Ahmed Maher and outreach coordinator Amr Ali were caught writing political slogans in support of the presidential candidacy in 2011 of the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency …

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Education ministry to punish drafters of religiously-biased art exam

CAIRO: A representative of the Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr’s office called for “severe penalties to those responsible for drafting a religiously-biased preparatory school art exam in Beheira. Naguib Gobrael, board member of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization (EUHRO), who had submitted a complaint on Feb. 7 when Christian parents objected to …

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Nagaa Hammadi trial postponed to March 20

CAIRO: The trial of the three men accused of killing six Copts and one Muslim guard in the drive-by shootings in Nagaa Hammadi on Christmas Eve last year, has been postponed to March 20 after chaos ruled the court room Saturday. The decision came only 35 minutes into the first hearing at the emergency State …

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Marriage registrars renew calls for forming union

CAIRO: Marriage registrars (ma’zoun) renewed their request to parliament Thursday to form a union overseeing their welfare and protecting their rights. The marriage registrars had made the same request last year and were promised that their demands would be met by the government. They threatened to stage a number of protests in front of the …

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Arab League hosts freedom of assembly forum

CAIRO: Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will host today around 100 representatives of civil society groups from the Arab world, the European Union and other international organizations to discuss freedom of assembly in the region. The conference, which will take place from Feb. 10-12, aims at devising a joint Arab document on freedom of …

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Lawyer of alleged Coptic rapist requests trial transfer

CAIRO: Days before the resumption of the trial of a Coptic man accused of raping a 12-year-old Muslim girl in the village of Farshout in Qena, his lawyer placed a request on Tuesday to relocate the court proceedings to Cairo. Lawyer Peter El-Naggar, a member of the legal council defending the accused Girgis Baroumi Girgis, …

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Rights group files complaint against religiously-biased art exam

CAIRO: The Egyptian Union for Human Rights (EUHR) submitted a complaint Saturday to Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr after some Christian parents objected to what they deemed a religiously biased preparatory school art exam in Beheira. The question in the art exam asked students to depict the Hajj ritual of standing atop Mount Arafat …

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Rights groups meet with UN officials ahead of periodic review

CAIRO: Egyptian rights groups embarked on meetings with United Nations officials in preparation for Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled to take place at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Feb. 17. Independent Egyptian human rights groups have begun initial discussions with UN figures regarding the discrepancies between the independent groups’ reports …

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Lawyer takes case of Muslim converts to Christianity to UN

CAIRO: The lawyer of a man who converted from Islam to Christianity sent a memo to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in a bid to urge the Egyptian government to allow him to change his religious affiliation on official documents. Ashraf Edward Kirolos called on the OHCHR to …

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Rights group proposes law to combat sectarian violence

CAIRO: The Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization (EUHRO) proposed a draft law to combat what it described as “the risk posed by the escalating sectarian violence in Egypt. Naguib Gobrael, head of EUHRO, told Daily News Egypt that he sent the draft law to several government entities, the most prominent of which are the …

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Violence against women claims 301 lives in 2009, says report

CAIRO: One-hundred and twenty-nine women died due to crimes of violence in the second half of 2009, bringing the annual toll to 301 victims, according to a human rights report released Wednesday. The report, published by the Land Center for Human Rights, referred to incidents of violence against women that have been published in local …

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Human rights NGO calls for Qena governor's resignation

CAIRO: Al Kalima Human Rights Center filed a case to the Administrative Court calling for the resignation of Qena Governor Magdy Ayoub, citing repeated sectarian clashes in the area. Al Kalima is accusing Ayoub, Egypt’s only Coptic governor, of being responsible for repeated incidents of sectarian strife in his governorate and the escalation of violence …

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Three lawyers accuse Sorour of concealing information about Nagaa Hammadi shootings

CAIRO: Three lawyers have filed a case against Parliament Speaker Ahmed Fathy Sorour accusing him of concealing information on the Jan. 6 shootings in Nagaa Hammadi that left six Copts and a Muslim guard dead. The lawyers are accusing Sorour of hiding information about the perpetrators of the Christmas shootings that sparked sectarian tension in …

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Kefaya coordinator retains seat for another year

CAIRO: The Kefaya Movement for Change’s coordinating committee renewed Wednesday incumbent coordinator Abdel Halim Qandil’s term for one more year amid tension between the opposition movement’s leaders. A meeting at the movement’s headquarters saw clashes between members of the coordinating committee, where 25 members voted for retaining Qandil’s position for another year, while 20 members …

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NDP MP accused of inciting sectarian strife in Nagaa Hammadi

CAIRO: Head of Al Kalima Human Rights Center Mamdouh Nakhla filed a lawsuit against National Democratic Party (NDP) MP for the Nagaa Hammadi constituency Abdel Riheem El-Ghoul, accusing him of inciting sectarian strife that led to the recent Christmas shootings. Nakhla filed the case to Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud alleging that El-Ghoul is responsible for …

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Lawyers' Syndicate forms committee to investigate Qena shootings

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate formed a fact-finding committee headed by Ramsis El-Naggar to prepare a report on the investigations into the Nagaa Hammadi shootings. The committee, which comprises some of the syndicate’s board members including Khaled Abu Greisha, Omar Haridy, headed to Nagaa Hammadi Wednesday morning accompanied by Chairman of the Lawyers’ Syndicate Hamdy Khalifa …

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Campaign gathers signatures to support ElBaradei for president

CAIRO: Gamila Ismail, political activist and ex-wife of opposition leader Ayman Nour, signed a proxy supporting Mohamed ElBaradei, former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, calling on him to form a constituent body to amend the Egyptian constitution. This comes as part of the campaign’s gathering of unofficial proxies to replace official powers of …

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Prosecutor charges three for Coptic shooting, riots flare in neighboring village

CAIRO: Egypt’s Prosecutor General on Saturday charged three men with premeditated murder over the fatal shooting of six Coptic Christians and a Muslim guard in a Christmas Eve attack, a judicial source said. The North Qena prosecutor has charged the three suspects with “premeditated murder, endangering the lives of citizens and damaging public and private …

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Coptic protestors clash with security forces following Qena shooting

CAIRO: Security forces clashed with over 2,000 Egyptian Copts Thursday enraged by the murder of six Copts in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night in Nagaa Hammadi, a city in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Qena. Copts gathered in front of the hospital where the victims were taken as security forces cordoned off the area, under …

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April 6 movement to sue ruling party MP

CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement is taking legal action against MP Abdel-Ahad Gamal El-Din for accusing them of betraying Egypt and working on behalf of foreign entities. Tension struck between the leader of the ruling National Democratic Party’s parliamentary bloc and members of the youth movement Monday during a protest against the iron barrier …

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Rights group calls for withdrawing dissident priest's ID card

CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization Naguib Gobrael filed a lawsuit at the Administrative Court against the Ministry of Interior’s decision to grant dissident bishop Maximus I a new national ID card affiliating him with the American National Council of Churches. The ministry’s civil affairs department issued the priest, whose real …

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Rights groups, opposition parties form committee to fight sectarian violence

CAIRO: Nineteen rights groups and three opposition parties came together to form a committee aimed at combating the “escalating sectarian violence. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Hisham Mubarak Law Center and Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) joined forces with the Tagammu, Al-Ghad, the Democratic Front parties …

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Church demands compensation for Farshout residents

CAIRO: The Egyptian Church is demanding compensation for the Coptic residents of a village in Qena whose houses and shops were looted and burned in sectarian clashes last month, sources told Daily News Egypt. Sources inside the church told Daily News Egypt that “negotiations are underway between the church and government officials to reach a …

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