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A Stand to Support The Judges on Thursday May 25th
As a way to protest on the unjust way, the honored judges were treated with because they refused to submit to the government and approve the forging actions during elections and the referendum to the extent that they used violence against them.
Wednesday, May 24,2006 00:00
by Mohammed Aly, Ikhwanweb

As a way to protest on the unjust way, the honored judges were treated with because they refused to submit to the government and approve the forging actions during elections and the referendum to the extent that they used violence against them.

As a way to face the brutality of executive authority that force its control over both judicial and legislative authority in the country, for the benefit of men of power and those who misuse the power to uproot the dreams of freedom and democracy from the hearts of all Egyptian people.   

This sit-in is meant to continue the struggle to provide a new law for the judicial system that ensures its dependence and neutrality, which is a right for all the Egyptians, it would be a basic corner stone for the political life in Egypt, to maintain the Egyptians’ dignity and keep their rights.   

We refused all the bargaining of the government to muzzle judicature and keep on crushing the Egyptian people. 

We call you to support the judges in the coming stand on the Supreme Court, this sit-in was determined on their meeting on 17th March, the sit-in will be on Tahrir square on 25th May night and will resume the next day in the morning. Join us to show your support to judicial independence and resist the oppressors who use our silence to carry on their tyranny.

Most recent developments (26-4-2006): security forces besiege judges’ club, press syndicate and bar association in Cairo, detaining many pro-reformers in violent clashes aiming at ending the continuous sit-in for 5 days to support judges and they blockaded judges’ club in Alexandria. More news, Kifaia’s statement about the issue.

Details and analysis of judicial struggle with the government in the following translated articles, Bahiya articles are the best articles written about the matter.

1-  (Statement)  to be printed and e-mailed: 108 Kbytes, original in English.

2-  (Escalation) to be printed and e-mailed: 131 Kbytes, original in English.

3-  (Honor) to be printed and e-mailed: 412 Kbytes, original in English.

4- (Be prepared) to be printed and e-mailed: 78 Kbytes, original in English.

5- (Spring) to be printed and e-mailed: 191 Kbytes, original in English.

Also read:

- Judges’ club statement about constitution amendment referendum 25-5-2005 shows the real percentage was from 3-5% not 54% as the government claim.

- Judge Noha Al-Zini’s testimony about forging the elections in Damanhur police station, as Al-Masry Al-Yum news paper published on Thursday 24-11-2005.

-Article of Judge Husam Al-Gheriany in Al-Masry Alyum about judicial reformation.

-Judge Ahmad Mekki deputy of the chief justice of the cassation court writes to "Al-Masry Al-Yum" about judges’ massacre.

-Resignation text of the founder of judges’ independence movement, judge Yahya Ar-Rifa`i in 2003 which presents the continuous corruptive practices of Ministry of Justice for long years, the one that Fahmy Huaidy’s comment was kept from being published in Al-Ahram news paper.

- The current status of judicial independence, law making and human rights in Egypt, report of Arab Center for judicial and lawmaking independence.

-Independence and containment of Egyptian judicature, judge Tariq Al-Bishry,

- Integrity of elections and judicial independence, download the PDF book, prepared by Dayf Allah and presented by Judge Yahya Al-Rifa`i.

- Kifaya’s statement for solidarity with the judges.

-The beginning was in Egypt and it reached the all the Arab nations.

-Ruling of permissibility of demonstrations in Egypt.

-I call you to resist, an article written by Tariq Al-Bishry in which he calls for civil resistance as a direct non-violent reaction.

- (Judicial independence is a national demand and right for all the Egyptians) report of Al-Wa`i Almasry about 16th May 2005 day.

-Egyptian judges’ Stand from war on Iraq made by judge Abd Al-Aziz, English Translation.

-Egyptian constitution.

25th May is the day when the government hooligans’, directed by Ministry of the Interior, ravished Egyptian women on the streets last year, it is a long chain of unjust practices to quash the people.

More demo updates

 Just passing along some updates about the worldwide solidarity movement with Egypt and the protests it is organizing:

1. The Egyptian Committee in Support of the Egyptian Judges (London - Chicago), The Cairo Conference, Stop The War Coalition ( http://www.stopwar.org.uk/), and Globalise Resistance ( http://www.resist.org.uk/) will announce very soon the launch of “The International Campaign In solidarity with the Egyptian Judges”. This initiative will be supporting the Fifth Point of the last Kefaya Press Release calling on Egyptians abroad to campaign, explain, and introduce the Egyptian cause to the world. Please wait for the Campaign web site where all the information and missions statement will be published.

2. Timeline for Coming period:

Monday May 22nd

London: The International Campaign will be organising a “Public Meeting” as part of its effort to explain the Egyptian situation and the Judges Cause. The session will be chaired by the prominent journalist Yvonne Ridley (for more information about Ridley please visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1570394.stm). Speakers will include John Rees (Vice PResident - Cairo Conference and for more information about him please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rees_(UK_politician), Jeremey Corbyn and a speaker from the Egyptian Committee in Support of Egyptian Judges. All the Meeting details and flyer (Please stick it on your blog or print and distribute it) could be found on http://elkhan-elmasry.blogspot.com/

Wednesday May 24th
Paris: There will be a demo in front of the Egyptian Embassy at 2 pm. Address is l’Ambassade d’Egypte, 56, av. d’Iéna, 16ème, métro Iéna. For all information please contact Dina at [email protected] Other than the Egyptian Activists there will be some other French NGOs supporting them including Agir Contre la guerre, Syndicat de la Magistrature (Union of Justice .. i.e The French Judges), la Federation Internationale des Droits de l’Homme, Ligue des
Droits de l’Homme.

London: There will be a “Banner Session” where Egyptian and International activists will get a chance to interact and work together on the banners that will be used for the 25th Demos. This event is intended as a chance for the Egyptians to tell the International Activists more about Egypt, its culture, its politics …etc and above all to explain why they feel they have to vioce their protest against what is happening in Egypt. More info about the banner session will be available soon on http://elkhan-elmasry.blogspot.com/ . This is event is organised by the International Campign in Solidarity with the Egyptian Judges (Cairo Conference, Egyptian Committee, Stop War, Globalise Resistance).

Thursday May 25th
Athens: There will be a demo organised by the Greek Stop the War Coalition and the Athens Labour Centre. the demo will take place at 7 pm outside the Egyptian Embassy. For more information please contact [email protected]

Chicago: There will be a demo in front of the Egyptian Consulate at 500 N. Michigan (12:30 PM) organised by the Egyptian Committee in Support of the Egyptian Judges (Chicago). The Demo will be organised in Coordination with some other Local NGOs who want to show solidarity with the Egyptian Judges. For more information please contact Ahmed Attia ( [email protected]) and Rime Naguib ( [email protected]). This Demo will be part of the International Campaign in Support of Egyptian Judges.

London: There will be a demo in front of the Egyptian Embassy at 5:30 PM (26 South Street, Mayfair, nearest Tube Station is Green Park). The flyer for this Demo will be available soon on http://elkhan-elmasry.blogspot.com/ . This demo will be part of the International Campaign in Support of the Egyptian Judges.

LIGHTS WILL BE OFF IN CAIRO HOUSEHOLDS FROM 9 TO 10 PM IN SUPPORT OF JUDGES ON THAT DAY (MAY 25th)

Friday May 26th
Seoul: There will be a demo in front of the Egyptian Embassy. For Further information, please contact CJ on [email protected] . Please note that the South Koreans have already organised a very successful demo last year in support of the “Kifaya” movement.

More 25 May demos in Beirut and the Hague 

I’m just amazed how this is spreading:


Cairo - London - Paris - Athens - Seol - New York - Chicago - Toronto - Montreal

and now…..

Beirut
The Hague
Washington DC

Hands off our Judges!
Release our Detainees!!
Democracy & Justice Now!!!

Washington
In front of the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington DC 20008. (Metro: Van Ness/UDC)
for more info. Sumita at [email protected]

Beirut
Egyptian Embassy … Mohamed El Berzy Street next to Engineers Syndicate
For more info.: Mourad Ali at [email protected]

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We’ll demonstrate on the Moon if we have

“Black Referendum Day” demo recap

 

Passing on the info:


In memory of the black referendum day

 
Thursday 25th of May
 
11.30:
Protest of university professors in front of main hall of Cairo University calling for the release of detained faculty and students.
 
1.30 p.m.
Protest rally in front of JUDGES CLUB in solidarity with the honorable judges of Egypt
 
3 p.m.
Protest rally in front of PRESS SYNDICATE where Egyptian security forces committed their crimes on the 25 th of May 2005.
 
 
More news to follow
 
The world demonstrates with us on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May
 
Wednesday 24 May
Paris: Demo in front of Egyptian embassy
 
Thursday 25 May
Athens: Demo, 7 p.m. in front of Egyptian embassy.
Chicago: Demo, 12 noon in front of Egyptian consulate
New York: Demo in front of Egyptian consulate
London: Demo, 5.30 p.m . in front of Egyptian embassy.
Montreal: Demo, 12 noon in front of Egyptian consulate.
Toronto: Demo, in front of Egypt Air Office.
 
Friday 26 May
Seoul: Demo in front of Egyptian embassy

Washington demo on 25 May confirmed

It’s official:

Egyptian-Americans and Supporters of Democracy in Egypt to Protest at Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC
Thursday May 25, 2006.

Demonstrate along with activists in cities worldwide against the Egyptian regime’s quashing of basic freedoms. We demand independence for the Egyptian judiciary and the release of all detained protesters and activists, and protest Washington’s silence on this count. May 25 is the first anniversary of “black Wednesday,” the date of a referendum on cosmetic changes to the Egyptian electoral system. On that day peaceful protesters and journalists were violently attacked and sexually assaulted by police and government thugs.

When?
Thursday, May 25, 2006 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Where?
In front of the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington DC 20008. (Metro: Van Ness/UDC)

Why?
We support Egyptian judges who are fighting for the freedom to uphold the rule of law and honest elections.
We call for the release of Egyptian political activists from jail – 700 of them, of all political and ideological stripes, have been arrested in the last month and treated brutally by Mubarak’s security services simply for protesting against the regime and calling for democracy.
We protest Washington’s silence towards the repression its closest Arab ally is conducting against peaceful dissent. We believe that the continuation of the status quo is harmful to the long term interests of both the United States and Egypt.
We demonstrate in solidarity with people around the world for the same cause on the same day, in Cairo, New York, London, Paris, Chicago, Seoul, Montreal and Athens.

Who?
The Alliance of Egyptian Americans, DC area student groups, the International Socialist Organization and individual supporters of democracy in Egypt.

Contact:
Dr. Ibrahim M. Hussein
Alliance of Egyptian Americans
(301) 613 7337

Sumita Pahwa
[email protected]

London calling on 25 May

Reminder about another London demo. The word is that there’s been quite successful activist meetings there and the movement is growing.

Thursday 25 MAY 5.30pm

Protest at Egyptian Embassy

South Street (off Park Lane, nearest tubes: Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch and Green Park) Called by the Committee in Support of the Egyptian Judges [CSEJ] (UK), Cairo Conference Globalise Resistance and Stop the War Coalition, Supported by Haldane Society of Lawyers.


 

Toronto demo on 25 May

25 May demos — now in Toronto:

Cairo - London - Paris - Seol - Athens - Chicago - New York - Montreal

and now…..

Toronto

Hand off our Judges!
Free our Detainees!!
Democracy & Justice Now!!!

The demo will be in front of the Egypt Air Office on the 25th of May (apparently this is the only official office there)

For more information please contact the Toronto Egyptian Solidarity Campaign at [email protected]

Are Judges Heroes?

First things first. Thankfully, Justice Hisham al-Bastawisi is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack early Wednesday morning (pictured left, 17 March 2006). He’s scheduled to leave the hospital in a few days for a much-needed period of recuperation. Hisham al-Bastawisy is not just a frontline leader of the judicial independence movement and a tough-as-nails man of principle. He’s also a very generous, kind man and a model of an upstanding Egyptian professional. The news of his affliction was devastating, so thank God he’s now doing well. I’d like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to Justice Bastawisy and his family, especially his wonderful, brave sons.

Next, in a verdict that defied many breathless expectations of dismissal, the disciplinary tribunal absolved Mahmoud Mekky (right, centre) of all charges and censured Bastawisy, as per Article 108 of the existing judiciary law. Two points bear emphasis. First, the law actually does not specify acquittal as a possible outcome of disciplinary proceedings, only dismissal or censure (Article 104, 108). Bizarrely, then, acquitting Mekky actually goes against the letter of the law. Second, the punishment of censure carries no professional or personal repercussions, especially for a senior judge at the very top of the judicial hierarchy such as Bastawisy. It is nothing more than a form of moral blame that, under the blatantly politicised circumstances of the original referral to the tribunal, carries no weight whatsoever (AFP Photo).


Ironically, then, the verdict reinforces both the shortcomings of the existing law and its obvious manipulation by pro-regime judges to silence and discredit their outspoken colleagues working for real judicial independence. There is no clear legal rationale for acquitting Mekky while censuring Bastawisi, lending credence to claims that this is a face-saving manoeuvre by disciplinary tribunal head Fathi Khalifa, perhaps in response to pressures from on high.

Though the verdict is not subject to any form of appeal (a major failing of the current law (Article 107) that the Judges Club has long sought to rectify), it was immediately interpreted as a retreat by the government and a respectable victory for the judges. For reasons I cannot fathom, and with not a shred of credible evidence, rumours had been flying about that the leadership of the Judges Club would accept some sort of a “deal” with the powers that be. I won’t devote any time to such ignorant tongue-wagging, except to note the extraordinary levels of misinformation, hyperbole, and ceaseless second-guessing about all matters judicial these days. The Judges Club did not strike a deal, but managed the crisis with admirable poise and resolve, and did not give in to myriad pressures, rumours, and all the rest. It has now called off the judges’ sit-in held since 18 April in solidarity with Mekky and Bastawisi.


Once again, uniformed and plainclothed police agents used much violence against peaceful demonstrators expressing their solidarity with judges and with Ayman Nour, whose appeal was rejected today by a circuit of the Court of Cassation, to the shock and dismay of many, though I’d like to reserve judgment until I read the actual court ruling. In a laughable statement issued early this week, the Interior Ministry had attempted to portray its violence against citizens as perfectly legal. Several hundred demonstrators from the Ikhwan and Kifaya were arrested yesterday, adding to the earlier waves of arrests over the past month, all of them peaceful people expressing their solidarity with judges. (Reuters Photo).

Perhaps it’s worth pausing here and reflecting on one year of consistent and highly unusual public visibility for judges since the April 2005 general assembly of the Alexandria Judges Club. Judges’ quiet, ceaseless, years-long struggle for autonomy and full electoral supervision has now become a national and even international obsession, carrying in its wake intense attention and potentially negative repercussions that I flagged back in December. Judges never set out to be heroes, saviours, rebels or any of the other ridiculous adjectives coined for them by international observers for whom it’s suddenly fashionable to praise Egyptian judges.

When judges repeatedly say that they only want their independence, this is not some coy demurral or false modesty, but a reasoned recognition of the risks of public adulation. On the one hand, judges thrive on and appreciate the extraordinarily intense public support for their goals. On the other, there are real concerns about the harmful professional effects of the growing bonds between judges and public. Judges not only do not seek but actually frown upon any form of public approbation of their rulings or persons, rightly fearing any dilution of their impartiality. This strange predicament is made all the more acute by the vexing issue of electoral supervision. Let’s remember that the reason we’re seeing judges at the centre of politics today is because of their constitutionally-stipulated role of electoral oversight.

Every time an election rolls around, judges find themselves wrested from their courtrooms and entrusted with ensuring the integrity of elections in a country with a rich history of electoral fraud. A young judge gives voice to the dilemma: “As a judge, of course I don’t want to be involved in elections, it’s not my purview. But as a citizen, I know that the judiciary is the only institution capable of standing up to the police and making sure elections are clean.”

Why and how judges came to be election trustees in the first place is a story for another day. But now they have made it their mission to fully supervise each and every election that takes place in the country. This is bound to put them on a collision course with a regime not content to manipulate simply parliamentary and now presidential elections, but has its grubby paws in every other internal electoral exercise of any social institution, from sports clubs to labour unions to professional associations to student unions to whatever is left of public sector companies.

Under these conditions of a repressive regime unable to extinguish the fact of elections yet still able to fix them, it makes sense that a tacit alliance develops between citizen voters and the judges entrusted with monitoring the polls. Just as citizens have been manifesting their solidarity with judges, so is the leadership of the Judges Club now deliberating on working to release all those detained by the police over the past month for their support of Mekky and Bastawisy. But there is a different between a strategic alliance for a focused goal, and an easy but harmful deification of judges.

Expecting judges to be the heroes and saviours of Egypt is expecting far too much. It is true that the country is desperately in need of inspiring leaders and symbols. It is true that judges cut intriguing and honourable figures. And it is true that judges have always been held in high esteem and even awe by almost all sectors of Egyptian society. But these are no reasons to have judges replace elected officials as national leaders. In my opinion, effectively supporting judges means backing their demand for a new judiciary law, and backing their mission to meaningfully supervise elections so that we can get the clean and capable leaders we deserve. And then so we can throw them out when they don’t deliver. (17 March, 2006).

It goes without saying that this is a protracted battle that has been ongoing for decades and will continue for several more. But the battle is not forwarded by treating judges as infallible Olympian beings who will rid the country of all that ails it. It does no good to sensationalise their plight and trip over ourselves coining terms such as “rebel judges” and a “judicial intifada” and all the other breathless assertions. As a citizen, I instinctively love the now-famous slogan “Judges, judges, deliver us from the tyrants!” that is a staple at every solidarity demonstration. But as a professional and an analyst, I cannot succumb to the fantasy that judges are the deus ex machina that will realise democracy, restore justice, and make life wonderful. Judges are already grappling with tremendous stresses. It’s highly unfair to saddle them with the hopes of a nation.

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