The Ministry of Social Solidarity Should Stop the Procedures of dissolving EOHR, A statement of 41 organizations in 8 Arab countries

May 13th, 2009 by Editor


Human rights organizations, signatories of the statement, express their deepest concerns regarding the official threats received by EOHR to dissolve the organization administratively according to the letter issued by the Ministry of Social Solidarity. These fears are not being alleviated by the statements of some officials from the Ministry of Social Solidarity published in some newspapers denying any intention of the ministry to lockout  EOHR, as long as there is no formal response to disapprove this letter , then the press statement is not a formal or legal procedure that corrects what came in the letter of questioning  organization under Article 42 of NGOs law  which allows the Minister of Social Solidarity to issue a decision to dissolve any association. 


The organizations stress that the threats facing the oldest and largest human rights organization in Egypt is a blatant model of recruiting legal and administrative bureaucracy in hampering the work of NGOs as well as subjecting them to death sanction. It also constitutes a grave breach of commitments by the Egyptian government before the Human Rights Council for Human Rights, regarding the guarantees of the right to organization and assembly.


This new threat stresses on the need to confront those legal restrictions and arbitrary measures  facing NGOs in Egypt, especially law NO. 84 of 2002, which gives the administrative body the authority to dissolve civil associations and NGOs, especially since the latest amendments made – without notifying NGOs- to the regulations of the law of 2007 allows the government to proceed in dissolving any association and the confiscation and liquidation of funds, without waiting for the administrative courts decision on the legality of the decision. This was implemented in September 2007 when the Ministry of Social Solidarity dissolved and liquidated the Association for Human Rights Legal Aid (AHRLA) and the judicial ruling came after 13 months of dissolving the association, emphasizing that the decision to dissolve has been issued stressing that the dissolution decision without legal or factual basis. However, the government did not start to implement the court’s decision until last month after four months of delay.


Human rights organizations affirm their full solidarity with EOHR and calls all local, regional and international organizations to promote solidarity with civil society organizations which face such attacks from the government.


The organizations calls upon the Egyptian government to put an end to the various legal, administrative, financial and security restrictions imposed on the work of NGOs through the adoption of the joint bill prepared by EOHR and CIHRS as an alternative to NGOs law No.84 of 2002 which should be abolished.

Among the most important principles of this project is to reduce the intervention of the administrative bodies in the work of NGOs, encouraging associations to work actively in the society, enabling associations to operate freely and facilitating the establishment procedures and to make it only through notification.


It is worth mentioning that the threat to dismantle EOHR is due to the organization’s request for approval in July 2008 on receiving a grant from the Center for media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa to hold a joint seminar, despite having meeting all legal procedures by EOHR, but the bureaucratic procedures are still impeding the receipt of approval from the administrative body and the law requires deciding in the request within two months only of its submission.


Organizations Signatory to the Statement are:


1. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)

2. Group for Democratic Development- Egypt

3. The Institute for Researchers in the Egyptian Universities and Institutions

4. Iraqi Human Rights – Denmark

5. The Civil Observatory for Human Rights – Egypt

6. The Egyptian Association for the Support of Democratic Development (EASD)

7. The Egyptian Association for sustainable participation development

8.The Egyptian Association against Torture

9.  Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association – Egypt

10. The Centre for Trade Unions and Worker Services (STUWS)

11. Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights

12. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

13. Committees for Defense of Liberty, Democracy and Human Rights – Syria

14. The Arab Institute for democratic studies and Human Rights – Egypt

15. The Arab Organization for support the civil society and human rights

16. The New Woman Foundation – Egypt

17. Association for freedom of though and expression – Egypt

18.  Association for Freedom of Thought and ExpressionEgypt

19. Palestinian women association

20. Egyptian initiative for personal rights

21. Arab Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights – Egypt

22. The Association for Human Rights Legal Aid – Egypt

23. Hemaia Center for Supporting Human Rights Defenders – Egypt

24. Land Centre for Human Rights – Egypt

25. The South Centre for Human Rights –Egypt

26. The Arab Centre for Development and Human Rights – Egypt

27. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

28. The Egyptian Centre for Human Rights

29. The Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights

30. The Egyptian Centre for Development and Democratic Studies – Egypt

31. The Egyptian Centre for Development and Human Rights

32. El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence – Egypt

33.  Andalus Institute For Tolerance and Anti-violence Studies – Egypt

34.  Egyptian Center for the Rights of the Child

35. Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies

36. Oman Centre for Human Rights Studies

37.  Mossawa Centre for Human Rights – Egypt

38.  Hisham Mubarak Law Centre – Egypt

39. The Arab Penal Reform Organization – Egypt

40. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization – Lebanon

41. The Moroccan Organization for Human Rights   



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