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Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 01 - 11 - 2018


Taking the lead
EGYPT has been handed the presidency of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). The news came on Saturday during a conference held at a Cairo hotel and attended by representatives from almost all Arab countries and world human rights organisations. Mohamed Fayek, chairman of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), was selected ANHRI head. Fayek welcomed the delegations and expressed happiness over the presidency being awarded to his home country.
The ANHRI is a non-governmental organisation based in Cairo. It promotes freedom of expression and all things related to human rights across the Arab region, the Middle East and North Africa. At the conference, former ANHRI head Fafa Marzouk expressed her pride in the presidency going to Egypt. Marzouk said Egypt had always had a major role to play in human rights as an Arab country. Ambassador Ihab Gamaleddin, assistant to the foreign minister on human rights, said the post was “a huge step towards the Egyptian dream of having a state of justice and law”.
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‘An individual incident'
A STATEMENT issued by the Judges Club on Sunday called a recent incident in which a lawyer attacked a court chief justice in Minya governorate “an insult to Egypt's judiciary”. Club spokesman judge Reda Al-Sayed said the club's council was following up the incident in which the prosecution-general ordered the lawyer's detention for four days pending an investigation. “The incident is an insult to Egypt's judiciary and all state institutions, not only the judge,” the statement said. “It is considered an aggression against one of the state's most important institutions, ie the judiciary which is entrusted by the constitution to achieve justice, and protect rights and dignity.”
Sameh Ashour, chairman of the Bar Association, stressed his syndicate's condemnation of the incident “regardless of the reasons”, and expressed his deep esteem of the judiciary and its role. “Disciplinary measures will be taken against the lawyer in light of papers and documents presented,” Ashour said in a statement, adding that mutual respect between judges and lawyers should be the norm. Still, Ashour said the suspected lawyer should have the right to a defence during the investigation and in court. “It is an individual incident, the reasons behind which will be thoroughly examined, without going into further details for the time being,” the statement noted.
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Finally released
AN ASWAN Misdemeanours Court on Sunday acquitted seven defendants facing charges related to a protest against the detention of 24 Nubian activists who took part in a march demanding their right to return to their ancestors' lands. The protest, staged in October 2017, took place in front of an Aswan court on the day when the case involving the activists was heard. After the activists were handed another 15-day detention, dozens of their relatives assembled at the court and clashed with security personnel.
Using tear gas, the security forces dispersed the demonstrators, arresting seven. The 24 activists were for their participation in a march commemorating “Nubian Day of Assembly”. They were charged with public assembly without permission, obstructing public transportation, disturbing social peace, threatening public security and possessing flyers.
The case was adjourned to 24 November to allow the court to review a request filed by one of the defendants asking that the presiding judge be changed.


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