In June, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) monitored Egypt’s state and problems of freedom of expression. Through its various units’ activities, AFTE signed several joint statements with other human rights organizations. These activities take a deeper look at the issues of freedom of expression currently raised and provided legal aid to prisoners of conscience.
AFTE issued a statement condemning the continued enforced disappearance of the former deputy head of the Tanta University Students’ Union, Moaz Al-Sharqawy who has been forcibly disappeared by the Egyptian security services for 22 days, where his whereabouts have not been disclosed and his family and lawyers have not been allowed to communicate with him, which means that his life is in danger.
2. Joint Statements
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) submitted criminal complaint to the Public Prosecutor’s Office demanding investigation of the torture and sexual harassment of political prisoner Ahmed Abd Orabi, Orabi was subjected to these abuses during his transfer from Badr 1 to Badr 3 prison last month after he complained to the guards that his handcuffs were too tight. that Orabi reported the incident when he appeared in the subsequent detention renewal hearing, barefoot and with his head shaved.
AFTE and other human rights organizations condemned, in a joint statement, the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of two more news websites, namely Soulta 4 and Masr 360. The move coincides with the discussion of the right to access information during the ongoing national dialogue sessions. This raises great concerns about the seriousness of the Egyptian authorities regarding making information available on the one hand and the seriousness of the national dialogue on the other.
In conjunction with the start of the national dialogue sessions as a promising start for ending political and social violations, AFTE discusses some of the important human rights issues, which you can look into here
AFTE launched a campaign demanding a presdential pardon for Badr Mohammed who’s arrested and convicted for being in the wrong place at the wrong time where his bad luck had led him to Alfagalla to buy school supplies, near Ramsis demonstrations at Masjid Alfath when he was only 17 years old!, you can access the campaign through this hashtag #FreeBadrMohammad
AFTE’s Participation in the National Dialog
The speech of the lawyer at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Mohab Saeed, at the national dialogue session to encourage interaction between the Egyptian academic group and its counterpart abroad.
The speech of the lawyer at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Ahmed Othman, at the national dialogue session to discuss the law of Freedom of Information Access, which AFTE presented its initial draft