15 February, 2009
CTUWS activist targeted by disciplinary measures
According to a press release from the Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services, an activist working for the center has been targeted by disciplinary measures ordered by security to be implemented "immediately and without discussion." Atef Mahmoud Mohamed Ismail, a teacher in Qena, was transfered to another school at three hours distance from his home. This follows a campaign of harassment from state security, in which the various branches of the organization was closed for more than a year, starting from March 2007. The center writes: "Taking these kinds of actions against a member of a non-governmental organization demonstrates the persisting reliance on administrative and security measures as the only method in dealing with all segments of civil society, making any serious democratic development or reform impossible."