EOHR Calls for Finding out the Fate of Phillip Rizk

February 9th, 2009 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses its concern over the disappearance of the citizen Phillip Maged Rizk, political activist and student of the American University in Cairo. This disappearance is a flagrant violation of the Egyptian Constitution and the international covenants on human rights regarding the protection of all people from the forced disappearance.


EOHR has received a report from Phillip’s family stating that he is a student at the AUC and has dual nationality (Egyptian-German), on 06.02.2009 during his participation in a pro-Gaza march under the name “To Gaza”.

After he reached Saraya Qos in “Qalyobeya” province, he was arrested by a force from “Abu Za’bal” police department, where he was detained for few hours then he was taken to unknown place. Despite the numerous complaints by ,his family, to determine the place of detention, they did not receive any information about him yet.


In this regard, EOHR emphasizes that the disappearance of Phillip Rizk is a flagrant violation to the right of liberty, security of the person and not to be subjected to forced disappearance guaranteed under the Egyptian Constitution and international covenants on human rights.


Article 41 of the Egyptian constitution states that “Personal freedom is a natural freedom and is preserved except in the case of the flagrant delicto.

One may not be arrested, examined, detained or his freedom restricted in any way or prevented from moving unless investigation and maintaining social security is necessary. This order must be issued by the specialist Judge or the Public Prosecution according to law provisions”


Also Article 3 of 162 law of 1958 on the state of emergency which states that:” any detained or arrested person must be notified in written in accordance to the previous Article prior to the reasons of his detention or arrest and shall have the right to contact whoever s/he wants to inform them about what happened and has a right to be supported with a lawyer  and shall be treated as provisionally detained”.


It is a gross violation to the right of everyone to express their opinions without any interference from anybody, which is contrary to the Egyptian constitution and international covenant on human rights especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which its Article 19 states that “Freedom of holding opinions without interference, to obtain information and ideas, to receive and impart it by any means regardless of frontiers”.

The International Convention on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which stressed that “Everybody has the right to freedom of expression and this right includes freedom to seek information or ideas of any kind, receipt and transfer regardless of frontiers, either orally or in writing or in print, whether in the form of art or in any other from of his choice”.


The Egyptian government has ratified these conventions and thus became an integral part of its domestic law, in accordance to Article 151 of the Egyptian Constitution.


It is worth noting that EOHR has submitted a complaint to the Minister of Interior and the Secretary General of the National Centre for Human Rights to take the necessary action to find out the fate of Phillip.


EOHR calls for the Egyptian authorities to quickly reveal his fate urgently.  




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