• Home
  • >
  • >
  • The Supreme Administrative Court refused the higher education’s appeal against the ruling on Manar Al-Tantawy’s eligibility for a professorship

The Supreme Administrative Court refused the higher education’s appeal against the ruling on Manar Al-Tantawy’s eligibility for a professorship

Publish Date : Tuesday, 3 August, 2021
Last Update : Wednesday, 22 May, 2024
Facebook
Twitter

January 27, 2024

The Supreme Administrative Court refused the Ministry of Higher Education’s appeal No. 14728 of judiciary year 69 against the ruling issued in favor of Manar Al-Tantawy, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Institute of Technology on the 10th of Ramadan, deserving of her entitlement to the professorship degree that she was denied due to the security refusal.

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute on the 10th of Ramadan City acquitted Al-Tantawy of the charges attributed to her in Disciplinary Case No. 20 of 2023 last August. The Ministry of Higher Education soon appealed this ruling, continuing the unjustified intransigence directed at Al-Tantawy

20 December 2023: The disciplinary board of appeal acquits Manar Al-Tantawy of offending the Higher Institute of Technology and its Dean and drops charges

The disciplinary board of appeal acquitted Manar Al-Tantawy of the accusations attributed to her of offending the Higher Institute of Technology in 10th of Ramadan along with the dean on social media platforms and other opposing channels and decided to drop the charge of deducting 15 days of her salary. This decision came after the disciplinary board of appeal reserved the disciplinary lawsuit no.18 for 2021, where the disciplinary board decided to punish the defendant over videos of Al-Tantawy calling for the release of her detained husband, Hisham Gaafar, in front of the Journalists Syndicate.

It is worth noting that on December 2, The Supreme Administrative Court reserved the Ministry of Higher Education’s appeal No. 14728 of 1969 against the ruling issued in favor of Manar Al-Tantawy, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Institute of Technology in 10th of Ramadan, deserving of her entitlement to the professorship degree that she was denied due to the security refusal, until January 27 session, to adjudicate.

December 2, 2023: The Supreme Administrative Court reserves the higher education’s appeal against the ruling on Manar Al-Tantawy’s eligibility for a professorship to adjudicate on the January 27 session

The Supreme Administrative Court served the Ministry of Higher Education’s appeal No. 14728 of 1969 against the ruling issued in favor of Manar Al-Tantawy, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Institute of Technology in 10th of Ramadan, deserving of her entitlement to the professorship degree that she was denied due to the security refusal, until January 27 session, to adjudicate.

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City acquitted Al-Tantawy of the charges attributed to her in Disciplinary Case No. 20 of 2023 last August. The Ministry of Higher Education soon appealed this ruling, continuing the unjustified intransigence directed at El-Tantawy

15 November 2023:The appeal against the disciplinary case against Manar Al-Tantawy reserved for December 20 to adjudicate

The disciplinary board of appeal at the Ministry of Higher Education reserved until December 20 the examination of appeal against the disciplinary lawsuit against Manar Al-Tantawy filed by the Higher Technological Institute No. 18 of 2021 in which the disciplinary board to deduct 15 days of her salary over videos of Al-Tantawy calling for the release of her husband, Hisham Gaafar, in front of the Journalists Syndicate; to adjudicate.

It is noteworthy that the investigating judge rejected Al-Tantawy’s defense request to examine these videos by a technical expert. He also demanded the institute to submit a statement of the acquittal in the other disciplinary lawsuit filed by the institute against Al-Tantawy No. 20 of 2023, in which Al-Tantawy was maliciously accused of impersonating the head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute.

The institute accused Al-Tantawy of insulting the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channels.

05 November 2023: Higher Education appeals Manar El-Tantawy’s acquittal and professorship ruling and the defense requests Postponement

The Supreme Administrative Court adjourned the Ministry of Higher Education’s appeal No. 14728 of 1969 against the ruling issued in favor of Manar Al-Tantawy, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Institute of Technology in 10th of Ramadan, deserving of her entitlement to the professorship degree that she was denied due to the security refusal, until December 2 session, to request The defense reviewed the appeal.

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City acquitted Al-Tantawy of the charges attributed to her in Disciplinary Case No. 20 of 2023 last August. The Ministry of Higher Education soon appealed this ruling, continuing the unjustified intransigence directed at El-Tantawy, which AFTE has documented in this report.

24 September 2023 

The disciplinary board of appeal at the Ministry of Higher Education adjourned to November 15, the examination of appeal against the disciplinary lawsuit against Manar Al-Tantawy filed by the Higher Technological Institute No. 18 of 2021 in which the disciplinary board to deduct 15 days of her salary over videos of Al-Tantawy calling for the release of her husband, Hisham Gaafar, in front of the Journalists Syndicate; to complete the submission of documents requested by the Council from Al-Tantawy’s defense and the institute’s administration.

The investigating judge rejected Al-Tantawy’s defense request to examine these videos by a technical expert. He also demanded the institute to submit a statement of the acquittal in the other disciplinary lawsuit filed by the institute against Al-Tantawy No. 20 of 2023, in which Al-Tantawy was maliciously accused of impersonating the head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute.

The institute accused Al-Tantawy of insulting the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channel.


The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute drops the charges against Manar Al-Tantawy

21 August 2023 

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City acquitted Manar Al-Tantawy, the assistant professor of the mechanical engineering department, of the charges leveled against her in connection with disciplinary lawsuit No. 20 of 2023.

Al-Tantawy was accused of impersonating the head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute after she approved the laboratory secretary leave request who works under her supervision, despite that the Institute’s administration didn’t take any action against Dr. Haitham Alzumor, the teaching staff member at the institute after he approved the leaves of workers under his supervision.

Al-Tantawy demanded that she reassume the position of head of the mechanical engineering department, which she had previously assumed and apologized for in 2016 for health reasons; as a result, the violations against her started by the institute’s administration and the Ministry of Higher Education. AFTE documented these violations in its latest report.


The Higher Technological Institute to adjudicate Manar Al-Tantawy’s disciplinary hearing on August 21

15 August 2023 

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City set next August 21 as a date to adjudicate the disciplinary lawsuit against Manar Al-Tantawy, the teaching staff member at the institute.

The institute’s administration referred Al-Tantawy to the disciplinary council after she approved the laboratory secretary’s leave request who works under her supervision, therefore; the head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute filed a complaint accusing her of impersonating him and approving leave requests for the department employees unjustly.

In the previous hearing, Al-Tantawy’s defense panel requested the institute’s administration to provide a copy of the teaching staff member of the institute, Dr. Haitham Alzumor’s approval of the institute’s laboratory workers’ leave as proof of the violations against Al-Tantawy, as the institute’s administration didn’t take any measures against Alzumor, as what happened with Al-Tantawy. The institute’s administration presented what the defense requested, and the two approvals matched, which proves that the complaint against Al-Tantawy was malicious.

Notably, Al-Tantawy held the mechanical engineering department head position and temporarily apologized for the title after she went through health problems. The institute’s administration later denied the occupation of her official position even after the Administrative Judicial Court ruled for Al-Tantawy’s legal entitlement to the position.

8 August 2023 “The Higher Technological Institute adjourns Manar Al-Tantawy’s disciplinary hearing to August 15, and Human rights organizations calling to stop the continued violations against her.”

The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing of Manar Al-Tantawy to the next August 15, as Al-Tantawy’s defense requested a copy of doctor Haitham Alzumor’s approval of leave for the institute’s laboratory workers, as a prove for the violations against Al-Tantawy, as the institute’s administration didn’t take any measures with Alzumor, as happened with Al-Tantawy.

Al-Tantawy was referred to the Disciplinary Council on April 12 after she approved leave requests for the laboratory secretary who works under her supervision in the department. The head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute filed a complaint accusing Al-Tantawy of impersonating the head of the department and approving leave requests for the department employees unjustly. This coincides with the institute’s intransigence in returning Al-Tantawi to her official position as head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute and refusing to implement the Administrative Judiciary Court’s ruling, which ruled that Al-Tantawy was entitled to be promoted to a professorship, the institute’s refusal is due to reasons related to her being the wife of the former political prisoner, journalist Hisham Gaafar.

Several Human rights organizations demanded, in a joint statement, to put an end to all the violations practiced against Al-Tantawy by the institute’s administration; they also called on the Institute to implement the Administrative Judiciary Court’s decision to promote Tantawy to the rank of professor and grant her the ensuing rights.

25 July 2023 “After being referred to the disciplinary council for demanding her husband’s release, the Higher Technological Institute adjourns Manar Al-Tantawy’s disciplinary hearing to August 8”

On July 25, the Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing of Manar Al-Tantawy, the head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute, to August 8 hearing; to give Al-Tanawy’s defense a chance to view the documents that the institute’s administration submitted.

Al-Tanawy was referred to the Disciplinary Council as a form of arbitrariness practiced against her after conflicts that lasted a year between her and the institute’s dean over Al-Tantawy’s eligibility to return to her official and legal position as head of the mechanical engineering department at the institute, which she temporarily apologized for it due to a health problem she went through. After that, the institute’s dean refused her request to restore her position for political reasons, namely, being the wife of detained journalist Hisham Gaafar. The Administrative Court settled these conflicts in Al-Tantawy’s favor as the Court ruled that Al-Tanawy should return to her official position.

11 July 2023 

On July 11, The Disciplinary Council of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing in which Manar Al-Tantawy was arbitrarily referred to, to July 25. 

On the other hand, Al-Tantawy was referred to another disciplinary council after participating in one TV show called for her husband, journalist Hesham Gaafar’s release. Al-Tantawy’s referral to the disciplinary board came against charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channels. The disciplinary council later punished Al-Tantawy with a 15 days deduction from her salary. AFTE appealed the council’s decision, and the board set September 20 to investigate the appeal. 

This reflects a series of arbitrary actions against Al-Tantawy, especially after the Administrative Judiciary Court did justice to her by annulling the Higher Technological Institute’s negative decision by refraining from granting Al-Tantawy a professorship despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions for political reasons.

The events date back to when Al-Tantawy asked for her legal right to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department and the consequent material and moral rights as the most senior assistant professor within the department. Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute, considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Gaafar, even though she had previously assumed the position and abdicated temporarily due to her health conditions in October 2020.

30 August 2022 “Administrative Judiciary Court admits Manar Al-Tantawy’s appeal and annuls negative decision not to grant her professorship”

 

On August 30, the Administrative Judiciary Court (Circuit 17) decided to accept Appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed on behalf of Manar Al-Tantawy against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and to annul the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawy the professorship. 

 

The administration of the Higher Technological Institute explained that the Ministry of Higher Education is the reason for refusing to grant Al-Tantawy the professorship. On the other side, the Ministry attributed the reasons for the refusal to the lack of security approval as Al-Tantawy is the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar.

Last August, The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) filed this appeal, challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawy a professorship degree despite fulfilling all of the requirements. 

27 July 2022 “Disciplinary Board of the Higher Technological Institute punishes Manar Al-Tantawy for demanding to chair the mechanical engineering department” 

Today, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to punish Manar Al-Tentawy with a 15-day deduction from her salary, in the disciplinary lawsuit filed against her No. 18 of 2021.

 

In the disciplinary lawsuit, Al-Tantawy faces charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channels, after the institute’s dean refused Al-Tantawy’s return to her official position as the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, the same position she occupied and temporarily apologized.

On the other hand, he Administrative Judiciary Court set next August 30 as a date to adjudicate the appeal filed by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, on behalf of Al-Tantawy against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City. 

5 July 2022 “Administrative Judiciary Court to adjudicate Manar Al-Tantawy’s appeal on August 30”

Today, the Administrative Judiciary Court (Circuit 17) set appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed on behalf of Manar Al-Tantawy for adjudication at next August 30 hearing.

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information filed the appeal last August against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawi the professorship despite her fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions, in addition to the dean’s refusal Al-Tantawi’s return to her official position as the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Furthermore; The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City set next July 26 to adjudicate the disciplinary lawsuit filed against Manar Al-Tantawy by the institute’s dean.

28 June 2022  Disciplinary hearing of Manar Al-Tantawy to be adjudicated on July 26

On June 28, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute on the 10th of Ramadan City set next July 26 to adjudicate disciplinary lawsuit No. 18 of 2021 filed against Manar Al-Tantawy, while allowing Al-Tantawy’s defense to submit defense memoranda on her behalf on July 19 hearing.

In the disciplinary lawsuit, Al-Tantawy faces charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute of the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channels, as a continuation of intransigence Al-Tantawy faces from the institute’s dean starting from his refusal to grant her a professorship degree, in addition to his refusal of getting back her official position as the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, the same position she occupied and temporarily apologized for due to her health conditions, despite her fulfilling all the requirements that qualify her to obtain the position and the consequent financial rights.

21 June 2022 Administrative Judiciary Court to examine Manar Al-Tantawy’s appeal on July 5

Today, the Administrative Judiciary Court (Circuit 17) set next July 5 as a date to examine appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed by Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, on behalf of Manar Al-Tantawy; for the response of the appellee administrative body.

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information filed the appeal last August against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawi the professorship despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions.

Al-Tantawy faces intransigence from the Dean of Institute to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department, which she previously assumed and abdicated temporarily. The intransigence is against political reasons considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar.

7 June 2022  Disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy adjourned to June 27

Today,  The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute on the 10th of Ramadan City set next June 27 as a date to look into the disciplinary hearing of lawsuit No. 18 of 2021 filed against Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy; as the Institute’s representative shall respond to the documents and pleas that Al-Tantawy’s defense submitted.

Al-Tantawy faces charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute of the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some satellite channels, against the backdrop of her refusal of the dean’s decision not to grant her official position to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department for political reasons, despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions.

31 May 2022 

On May 31, the State Commissioners Authority issued its legal opinion report regarding appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed by AFTE on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy, stating that the appeal should be accepted in form, to rescind the negative decision not to allow Al-Tantawy a professorship degree and that the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City’s administration shall be obliged to pay the administrative expenses.

The State Commissioners Authority clarified in its report that a specialized committee of the Supreme Council of Universities recommended promoting Al-Tantawy to a professor; following that, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Universities sent a letter to the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute to give Al-Tantawy the academic degree. However, the Central Administration For Private Higher Institutes’s letter disapproved Al-Tantawy’s obtaining the professorship without any given reasons despite her fulfilling all the requirements stipulated in law; according to the authority’s report, This is an abuse of power, and then the decision is worth rescinding.

The events date back to her request. She asked for her legal right to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department and the consequent material and moral rights as the most senior assistant professor within the department. Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute, considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar, even though she previously had assumed the position and abdicated temporarily due to her health conditions in October 2020.

31 May 2022 “Disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy adjourned to June 7”

Yesterday, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute on the 10th of Ramadan City set next May 7 as a date to look into the disciplinary hearing of lawsuit No. 18 of 2021 filed against Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy, to submit defense submissions from both sides.

It is worth noting that Al-Tantawy’s defense argued that there was no evidence to prove the accusation’s validity, the maliciousness of the complaint filed against Al-Tantawy, and the abuse of power. The defense also requested the assignment of a radio and television committee to examine the technical evidence presented in the lawsuit.

Al-Tantawy faces charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute of the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some anti-national satellite channels, against the backdrop of her refusal of the dean’s decision not to grant her official position to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar.

10 May 2022 “Disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy adjourned to May 31”

Today, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City set next May 31 as a date to look into the disciplinary hearing of lawsuit No. 18 of 2021 filed against Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy, the board also permitted Al-Tantawy’s defense to review the CD which contains the charges evidence of the lawsuit filed against her.

Al-Tantawy faces charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute of the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some anti-national satellite channels, against the backdrop of her refusal of the dean’s decision not to grant her official position to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar.

5 April 2022 

Today, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing of lawsuit No. 18 of 2021 filed against Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to next May 10; as Al-Tantawy’s defense requested to review the CD which contains the charges evidence of the lawsuit filed against her.

Al-Tantawy was referred to a disciplinary hearing last December 15 on charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute of the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some anti-national satellite channels, as stated in the lawsuit.

The events date back to her request as she asked for her legal right to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department, Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar, even though she previously had assumed the position and abdicated temporarily due to her health conditions she was going through.

29 March 2022  “Disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy adjourned to April 5”

Today, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing No. 18 of 2021 filed against Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to next April 5.

Al-Tantawy was referred to a disciplinary hearing last December 15 on charges of insulting the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City and its dean via social media and some anti-national satellite channels, as stated in the lawsuit, against the background of the dean’s decision not to grant Al-Tantawy the professorship despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions for political reasons.

21 February 2022 

Today, the State Commissioners Authority (The 17th Circuit) decided to adjourn appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to decide its legal opinion.

Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information filed the appeal last August against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawi the professorship despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions.

Al-Tantawy faces intransigence from the Dean of Institute to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department, which she previously assumed and abdicated temporarily. The intransigence is against political reasons considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar.

2 February 2022

Yesterday, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to the following March 16 session to review and copy the case paper.

Al-Tantawy was referred to a disciplinary hearing after unofficially handing over two letters signed by the head of the legal affairs department at the institute’s asking her to appear before the legal investigator at the institute, without reference to the party that summoned her to interrogation or any accusations, following through, the dean of the institute issued the referral decision based on a legal memorandum submitted by the institute’s legal investigator after the interrogation session.

Also, on next February 21, the State Commissioners Authority (The 17th Circuit) shall review appeal No. 61520 of 75, filed by AFTE and ANHRI on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy, to obtain an official copy of the reasons for refusing to grant her professorship. that she previously had assumed and abdicated temporarily due to her health conditions.

12 January 2022 

Today, The Disciplinary Board of the Teaching Staff at the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to adjourn the disciplinary hearing of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to February 2nd session, as per Al-Tantawy’s defense request to view the accusations evidence.

Al-Tantawy was referred to a disciplinary hearing after unofficially handing over two letters signed by the head of the legal affairs department at the institute’s asking her to appear before the legal investigator at the institute, without reference to the party that summoned her to interrogation or any accusations, Al-Tantawy attended the hearing, afterward, the dean of the institute issued the referral decision based on a legal memorandum submitted by the institute’s legal investigator after the interrogation session.

The decision to refer Tantawy to a disciplinary hearing reflects the HTI dean’s intention to issue a negative decision that prevents Al-Tantawy from obtaining her legal right to head the department of mechanical engineering at the institute, as she is the most senior assistant professor at the institute. The decision also reveals an intention to prevent Tantawy from obtaining a professorship degree, although she had fulfilled all the technical and procedural conditions. It aims to further abuse her, especially after her serious endeavours to get her rights.

10 January 2022 

On January 10, the State Commissioners Authority (The 17th Circuit) decided to adjourn the appeal filed by AFTE and ANHRI on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy to the next February 21 session, to obtain an official copy of the reasons for refusing to grant her professorship.

The appeal held No. 61520 of 75 was filed against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawi the professorship despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions.

Earlier, the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City decided to refer Al-Tantawi to a disciplinary hearing, the decision that was condemned by AFTE and other human rights organizations. 

The events date back to her request as she asked for her legal right to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department and the consequent material and moral rights as being the most senior assistant professor within the department. Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist Hisham Jaafar, even though she previously had assumed the position and abdicated temporarily due to her health conditions last year.

8 November 2021

Yesterday, State Delegated Authority (The 17th Circuit) decided to adjourn lawsuit No. 61520 of 75 filed by The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, appealing the negative decision not to grant her a professorship, despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions, to next January 10 session.

State Delegated Authority granted Al-Tantawy access to obtain her file from the Higher Technological Institute to explain the reason for refusal to grant her the scientific degree, after the competent court and Al-Tantawy’s defense were informed that the institute’s administration hadn’t submitted the appellant’s file or provided the reasons for depriving her of the position, and the institute’s administration hadn’t attended the session despite their announcement.

The events date back to her request, in which she asked for her legal right to be enabled to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department and the consequent material and moral rights as being the most senior assistant professor within the department, even though she previously had assumed the position and abdicated it temporarily due to her health conditions in October 2020. Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist “Hisham Jaafar.”

2 August 2021

Yesterday, The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information have filed the appeal No. 61520 of 75, on behalf of Dr. Manar Al-Tantawy against both The Minister of Higher Education and the Dean of the Higher Technological Institute in the 10th of Ramadan City, appealing the negative decision not to grant her a professorship, despite fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions.

The events date back to her request, in which she asked for her legal right to be enabled to chair the Mechanical Engineering Department and the consequent material and moral rights as being the most senior assistant professor within the department, even though she previously had assumed the position and abdicated it temporarily due to her health conditions in October 2020, Nevertheless, her request was rejected by the Dean of the Institute considering being the wife of the former prisoner of conscience and journalist “Hisham Jaafar”.

It’s worth noting that “Manar Al-Tantawy” is under investigation by the institute’s legal investigator on charges of offending the institute in the media, instead of approving her legal right in the academic degree and assuming her official position as the head of the department.

Follow Us

Latest News

Joint NGO letter on the EU’s macro-financial assistance to Egypt Joint NGO letter on the EU’s macro-financial assistance to Egypt and human rights We, the undersigned Egyptian, regional and international human rights organisations, urge the European Commission and member states to uphold international and EU law to ensure that macro-financial assistance to Egypt granted under EU regulations secures concrete, measurable, structural and timebound human rights progress and reforms in the country. Since the 2013 military ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has been ruled with an iron fist. Authorities have brutally and systematically silenced peaceful dissent, nearly wiped-out independent media and civil society, repressed political opposition, adopted and enacted repressive legislation, jailed tens of thousands of actual or perceived critics and severely undermined the independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession. With very little civic, judicial, or parliamentary scrutiny, the authorities have faced virtually no accountability for their repressive policies and actions. In turn, this has contributed to the government’s failure to respect, protect and fulfil people’s social and economic rights, leading to setbacks for those most affected by the recurring economic crises in the country. From February 2024 onwards, Egypt’s donors including the United Arab Emirates, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Kingdom and the European Union provided or pledged around 57 billion USD in grants and loans. As part of this process, donors should ensure that the Egyptian authorities pursue and effectively implement reforms that improve respect for human rights alongside greater transparency and accountability. Donors must also ensure that economic and fiscal measures implemented as part of these programs do not contribute to the further erosion of people’s economic and social rights, especially in light of the continuing rise in poverty rates since the adoption of the first IMF program in 2016, as well as the Egyptian government’s inadequate spending levels on social protection, health and education. Any agreed macroeconomic reforms must reflect and uphold the legal obligations of all parties with regard to economic and social rights, notably in the areas of labour rights and environmental justice, and corporate accountability. We believe that structural reforms to strengthen rule of law, guarantee fair trials, open civic space, uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and media freedom, and release all those arbitrarily detained, are crucial. Not only would they comply with Egypt’s constitution and international human rights obligations, but they would also address some of the root causes of Egypt’s financial and economic instability. This instability has severely impacted the economic and social rights of millions of people in Egypt, who will ultimately carry the burden of repaying Egypt’s debts, particularly those in vulnerable and marginalised situations. We note that EU regulations require that recipients of macro-financial assistance “adhere to the respect of human rights and effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system and the rule of law,” while the European Council stipulated that a precondition for granting the Union’s macro-financial assistance is that “Egypt continues to make concrete and credible steps towards respecting effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system, and the rule of law, and guaranteeing respect for human rights.” However, what those “concrete and credible steps” should be is not defined in the Commission’s proposal. As the Commission and Egyptian authorities negotiate Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to regulate the disbursement of EU funds to Egypt up to 2027, we urge the European Commission, Council and Parliament to ensure that: 1) The MoUs lay out a roadmap for structural reforms, with public, clear, specific and timebound indicators, targets and benchmarks for Egypt to meet its human rights obligations. 2) Egyptian authorities immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. 3) Egyptian authorities open civic and political space, by respecting the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, including before, during and after the 2025 parliamentary elections. If these steps are met the EU’s macro-financial assistance will contribute to concrete and lasting progress on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt, which is indispensable to ensure transparency and accountability, end impunity and help prevent the recurrence of economic crises in the country. Failing to set human rights benchmarks would instead be a blank check for further abuses and repression in Egypt. Signatories Amnesty International Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Committee for Justice Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR) Egyptian Human Rights Forum (EHRF) Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) EgyptWide for Human Rights EuroMed Rights International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Human Rights Watch Middle East Democracy Center (MEDC) Minority Rights Group Refugees Platform In Egypt (RPE) Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)Joint NGO letter on the EU’s macro-financial assistance to Egypt and human rights We, the undersigned Egyptian, regional and international human rights organisations, urge the European Commission and member states to uphold international and EU law to ensure that macro-financial assistance to Egypt granted under EU regulations secures concrete, measurable, structural and timebound human rights progress and reforms in the country. Since the 2013 military ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has been ruled with an iron fist. Authorities have brutally and systematically silenced peaceful dissent, nearly wiped-out independent media and civil society, repressed political opposition, adopted and enacted repressive legislation, jailed tens of thousands of actual or perceived critics and severely undermined the independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession. With very little civic, judicial, or parliamentary scrutiny, the authorities have faced virtually no accountability for their repressive policies and actions. In turn, this has contributed to the government’s failure to respect, protect and fulfil people’s social and economic rights, leading to setbacks for those most affected by the recurring economic crises in the country. From February 2024 onwards, Egypt’s donors including the United Arab Emirates, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Kingdom and the European Union provided or pledged around 57 billion USD in grants and loans. As part of this process, donors should ensure that the Egyptian authorities pursue and effectively implement reforms that improve respect for human rights alongside greater transparency and accountability. Donors must also ensure that economic and fiscal measures implemented as part of these programs do not contribute to the further erosion of people’s economic and social rights, especially in light of the continuing rise in poverty rates since the adoption of the first IMF program in 2016, as well as the Egyptian government’s inadequate spending levels on social protection, health and education. Any agreed macroeconomic reforms must reflect and uphold the legal obligations of all parties with regard to economic and social rights, notably in the areas of labour rights and environmental justice, and corporate accountability. We believe that structural reforms to strengthen rule of law, guarantee fair trials, open civic space, uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and media freedom, and release all those arbitrarily detained, are crucial. Not only would they comply with Egypt’s constitution and international human rights obligations, but they would also address some of the root causes of Egypt’s financial and economic instability. This instability has severely impacted the economic and social rights of millions of people in Egypt, who will ultimately carry the burden of repaying Egypt’s debts, particularly those in vulnerable and marginalised situations. We note that EU regulations require that recipients of macro-financial assistance “adhere to the respect of human rights and effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system and the rule of law,” while the European Council stipulated that a precondition for granting the Union’s macro-financial assistance is that “Egypt continues to make concrete and credible steps towards respecting effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system, and the rule of law, and guaranteeing respect for human rights.” However, what those “concrete and credible steps” should be is not defined in the Commission’s proposal. As the Commission and Egyptian authorities negotiate Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to regulate the disbursement of EU funds to Egypt up to 2027, we urge the European Commission, Council and Parliament to ensure that: 1) The MoUs lay out a roadmap for structural reforms, with public, clear, specific and timebound indicators, targets and benchmarks for Egypt to meet its human rights obligations. 2) Egyptian authorities immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. 3) Egyptian authorities open civic and political space, by respecting the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, including before, during and after the 2025 parliamentary elections. If these steps are met the EU’s macro-financial assistance will contribute to concrete and lasting progress on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt, which is indispensable to ensure transparency and accountability, end impunity and help prevent the recurrence of economic crises in the country. Failing to set human rights benchmarks would instead be a blank check for further abuses and repression in Egypt. Signatories Amnesty International Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Committee for Justice Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) Egyptian Front for Human Rights (EFHR) Egyptian Human Rights Forum (EHRF) Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) EgyptWide for Human Rights EuroMed Rights International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Human Rights Watch Middle East Democracy Center (MEDC) Minority Rights Group Refugees Platform In Egypt (RPE) Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)and human rights

To subscribe to AFTE’s monthly newsletter

leave your email address below