Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
: المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية
) is an independent Egyptian
human rights organization,
established in 2002. It is a Cairo
-based think tank
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Structure and leadership
As of November 2020
, Gasser Abdel Razek was EIPR's Executive Director,
Karim Ennarah was EIPR's Director of Criminal Justice and Mohammed Basheer was office manager.
Creation and aims
The EIPR was created in 2002.
EIPR aims to complement the work of other Egyptian human rights
groups by focussing on human rights related to a person's "body, privacy and house".
As of November 2020
, EIPR worked on four main programs, covering "criminal justice; civil liberties; economic and social justice; and regional and international human rights mechanisms".
The North African Litigation Initiative
EIPR established its North African Litigation Initiative (NALI)
in 2010 to encourage NGOs and human rights defenders from North Africa to play a more active role within the African human rights system. The aim of NALI is to pressure North African governments to promote and protect the rights defined in the African Charter.
On 15 November 2020, the home of EIPR office manager Mohammed Basheer in Cairo was raided and he was detained by Egyptian security forces.
Gasser Abdel Razek, EIPR's Executive Director, interpreted the raid and detention as a response to European diplomats meeting with EIPR staff at the EIPR headquarters earlier in November. Razek stated, "The extreme sensitivity displayed in dealing with the visit is the bigger confession of how bad the human rights situation is in Egypt. ... We are dealing with new kinds of rights violations which were not present five or 10 years ago."
EIPR Director of Criminal Justice, Karim Ennarah, was detained on 18 November in Dahab.
Executive director Gasser Abdel Razek was detained on 19 November at his home in Cairo.
On 27 November 2020, the UN human rights experts called upon the Egyptian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release the detained human rights activists
from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, who were arrested within days after discussing human rights issues with foreign ambassadors and diplomats on 3 November.
On 18 December 2020, the European Parliament
passed a resolution, citing the deteriorating human rights
situation in Egypt
. Approved with 434 votes, the resolution urged the member states to impose targeted restrictions against Egypt, particularly for its actions against the activists of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), who have reported frequent harassment by the Egyptian authorities. 
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