AFTE’s Newsletter: June 2022

Date : Monday, 4 July, 2022
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During June, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) monitored the state and problems of freedom of thought and expression in Egypt. Through its various units’ activities, AFTE issued statements and reports that take a deeper look at some of the issues of freedom of thought and expression currently raised and provided legal aid in cases related to freedom of thoughts and expression.

Publications:

The truth about Ayman Hadhoud’s death.. The Public Prosecution’s decision to end the investigation appealed paper highlights the need to continue the investigation into the economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s death inside Abbasya mental health hospital.

In addition to Not for the public.. The working mechanism of the Egyptian National Library and Archives paper that discusses the security agencies’ control over ENLA’s management and lack of efficient archival system that allows researchers to access what they need.

Problems of internet service pricing in Egypt sheds the light on the most prominent challenges and gaps facing the regulation of Internet pricing policy in Egypt, and the lack of transparency in the price offers offered by Internet companies through their website, and provides recommendations in this regard.

Statements:

AFTE issued the following statements in June:

Joint statement: Human rights organizations reject the Criminal Court’s upholding of the Public Prosecution’s decision to close the investigation into Ayman Hadhoud’s death where human rights organizations condemn the decision issued by Circuit 28 of the New Cairo Criminal Court which upholds the Public Prosecution’s decision to close the investigation into the death of economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud.

Statement AFTE calls on the Court of Appeal to revoke the Public Prosecutor’s decision to place academic researcher Waleed Salem on the travel ban list where AFTE calls on the Cairo Court of Appeal to cancel the Public Prosecutor’s decision to place researcher Waleed Salem on the travel ban list and to enable him to travel and resume his study at the University of Washington in the United States.

Legal Aid:

– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Mahmoud Hanfy Mohamed’s detention for 15 days
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Ahmed Moussa Abdel Khaleq detention for 15 days
– For the fourth time; Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Tv presenter Hala Fahmy’s detention for 15 days for sharing videos on Facebook
– Disciplinary hearing of Manar Al-Tantawy adjourned to June 27
– Administrative Judiciary Court to examine the two lawsuits demanding broadcasting the sessions of the house of representatives and the Senate on next August 13
– Criminal Court renews Nour Fayez Ibrahim’s detention for disdaining divine religions
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of El-Hussaini Farghaly for 15 days for posting videos about Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews the detention of Mohamed Ashraf and Ismael Abou Zeid for 15 days
– Criminal Court renews Mostafa Gamal’s detention for 45 days in connection with his third case
– Despite spending three years in pretrial detention; the detention of lawyer Amr Nohan renewed for 45 days
– Despite suffering from leukemia; the detention of lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Fatah renewed for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews the detention of Nour Al-Din Shaker, Hussein Ali and Mahmoud Mostafa for 45 days
Marwan Ahmed Ali released under the guarantee of his residence
– South Sharqia Public Prosecution renews the detention of student Abdel-Rahman El-Attar for 15 days
– For the fifth time; Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Tv presenter Hala Fahmy’s detention for 15 days for sharing videos on Facebook
– Criminal Court renews lawyer Mohamed Ramadan’s detention for 45 days pending his third case
– Criminal Court renews Ahmed Hassanein Mohamed Moussa’s detention for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews Estshhad Kamal Rezk’s detention for 45 days
– Criminal Court renews Ahmed Al-Tohamy’s detention for 45 days
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Mahmoud Hanfy Mohamed’s detention for 15 days
– For the fourth time; Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Ahmed Moussa Abdel Khaleq detention for 15 days
– Criminal Court to adjudicate appeal against the Prosecution’s decision to close investigations regarding Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident on June 23
– South Sharqia Public Prosecution renews the detention of student Abdel-Rahman El-Attar for 15 days
– Administrative Judiciary Court to examine Manar Al-Tantawy’s appeal on July 5
– Examination session of appeal against dismissing detained student Omar Mohamed Ali from Thebes Higher Institute adjourned to 17 July
– Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Wessam Salah’s detention for 15 days
– Despite exceeding more than two years and a half in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days
– Despite exceeding more than three years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days
– Disciplinary hearing of Manar Al-Tantawy to be adjudicated on July 26
– Criminal Court renews Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Halim’s detention for 45 days pending his second case
Ahmed Abdel-Aal Fazaa released under the guarantee of his residence; his precautionary measures annulled

AFTE lanched #InternetWithoutSurveillance campaign to inform you about the violations resulting from mass surveillance and to demand an end to these violations.

AFTE launched a campaign to demand the release of journalist and researcher specializing in the marginalized communities’ issues in Egypt, mainly Sinai, Ismail Alexandrani, who faces a ten years prison sentence. #ReleaseIsmailAlexandrani

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