Egyptian independent human rights organization closes due to government pressure – JURIST

The Arab Human Rights Information Network (ANHRI), one of Egypt’s last independent human rights organizations, firm Monday. ANHRI made the announcement in a statement posted on its website, citing government pressure as the reason for its closure.

ANHRI was founded by a team of lawyers and activists in 2004 with a mission to defend freedom of expression and of the press in Egypt and the Arab world. As part of its mission, ANHRI provided legal defenses to victims of human rights violations. The organization has also documented violations against citizens, journalists and political prisoners in an attempt to raise awareness of the problem in the region.

In a statement, ANHRI described political instability and increased arrests of human rights defenders, journalists and political activists as reasons for the organization’s shutdown. The declaration was accompanied by a list of attacks that ANHRI members have suffered in recent years, including theft, violent physical assault and illegal summons.

ANHRI Executive Director Gamal Eid said: “Today we suspend our institutional work and activities, but we continue to be conscientious advocates, and as individuals, advocates of independent human rights workers will work side by side with the few remaining independent human rights defenders. human rights organizations, independent human rights defenders and the whole movement.

The closure of ANHRI comes amid an increasingly severe crackdown on journalists and human rights organizations. In December 2021, Egypt was among the top five worst jailers of journalists in a report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

the PA contacted an Egyptian government media official for comment on the ANHRI statement. There was no response.

Aubrey L. Morgan