Military police investigations has summoned colleague and lawyer Ahmed Ragheb, director of Hisham Mubarak Law Center tomorrow, Tuesday, 10 a.m. (22 Waley El Ahd street – Hadaek El Kobba – Cairo) regarding the attack by military police on the center on the 3rd of February 2011.
Raghib had filed a complaint to the military prosecutor against military police regarding the break into the center, the destruction of its property and the arrest of all present on the 3rd of February. It was therefore expected that Raghib be summoned by the military prosecutor and not the military police.
Accompanying Raghib tomorrow will be a number of lawyers among them representatives of human rights organizations.
The breaking into the Hisham Mubarak Law Center
On the 3rd of February 2011 at about 2.30 pm an individual claiming to be the Azbakeyya investigation inspector broke into HMLC ordering everybody there to sit on the floor. He was followed by a military police lieutenant accompanied by two military police officers where the former stood on a chair and shouted: I have orders to shoot anybody who moves. A huge group of thugs then entered the center accompanied by an intelligence officer. They searched the place, destroyed files and stole some of them, destroyed desks and took papers and CDs, searched personal bags of staff all the while throwing obscenities and accusations of destroying Egypt and conspiring with foreigners.
Instead of the Egyptian Minister of Interior,8 activists brought to trial tomorrow for expressing solidarity with Coptic citizens
Eight young activists were arrested Tuesday the 4th of January 2011from a solidarity gathering in Shubra. For hours lawyers and activists gathered yesterday in front of the North Cairoprosecution to demand the release of their colleagues. The eight activist were made to sign an acknowledgement today of their referral to an urgent trial tomorrow morning in the Rod El Farag court of demeanor, a procedure recently used by authorities against democracy activists Ahmed Doma (Justice and Freedom movement – Cairo) and Hassan Mostafa (Hashd movement – Alexandria) both of whom received a prison sentence of one month.
The eight activists were arrested from a solidarity gathering in Shubra, a neighborhood with Coptic majority, in the early hours of the 4th of January after being encircled by thousands of anti riot police and after violent clashes with police that resulted in several injured. Before the arrest the police would check the names of the protestors, permit the Copts to leave and keep who they believed were Muslim protestors inside the police cordon.
The violence against the solidarity movement following the massacre of the New Years' eve in Alexandria, which left an estimate of 21 dead, is an attack against several unified actions between Coptic and Muslim youth, which developed within the past days.
As an example of the violence that took place in several locations since the beginning of 2011, please check the link below
Twelve human rights organizations under the umbrella of the Forum for Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations strongly condemn the bombings which took place on New Year's day targeting worshippers leaving Saints Church in Alexandria after New Year's church service. The bombings killed 22 and injured at least 97 others according to official figures. Until the writing of this press release no group has claimed responsibility for this crime.
Forum organizations denounce this terrible massacre which ushered in the new year for the Egyptian people, and urge for this crime to be an opportunity for the government to adopt a new policy in confronting violence and dealing with the sectarian issue. Such a policy must be based on principles of equality and non-discrimination among citizens on the basis of religion or belief.
The groups also strongly condemn the use of violence by security forces when confronting protestors in Alexandria and Cairo who wanted to peacefully express their rejection of the crime on New Year. Forum organizations are calling on the Public Prosecutor to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice, and that investigations into the crime include the negligence by security forces to preempt and prevent the crime. This is especially pertinent in light of threats which were received at the beginning of November 2010 against Egyptian churches.