The Human Rights Commission of the Egyptian parliament discusses a memorandum of EOHR to improve the status of human rights
January 6th, 2010 by Editor
At the end of meeting which was held by the commission of human rights of People’s Assembly at its headquarters with the delegation of EOHR on Monday, 4/1/2010, the commission discussed a package of recommendations on improving the situation of human rights, policies and proposed legislations that was sent by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights ( EOHR) in a memorandum to the President of People’s Assembly and the commission, on the occasion of the celebration of World day of Human Rights issued by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10/12 / 1948
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, Secretary-General of EOHR indicated in the memorandum submitted to the commission of human rights his hopes that these recommendations applied and achieved practically , he confirmed the necessary to amend the legislative environment which restrict the main rights and freedoms and to improve the situation of human rights in Egypt . Also the Egyptian government should ratify all international mechanisms for human rights and international instruments related to terrorism combating including the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.
The Secretary-General in his memorandum added that it is necessary to amend the law on exercising political rights, No. 73 of 1956, as amended by Law 173 of 2005 to ensure the supervision of local organizations on the electoral process and to ensure that these organizations supervise inside and outside committees , also it is necessary to make the process of counting votes in public and allowing candidates and their representatives and organizations to attend the process of counting ballot boxes as the counting process will be in the electoral premises and to deliver a copy of each counting list to candidates and their deputies . Abu Seada suggested the amendment of Article 76 of the Constitution which has to be amended to guarantee wider participation of independent and parties candidates with simple conditions and the amendment of article 77 of the constitution related to renew the presidential period.
Abu Seada clarified that Law No. 84 of 2002 related to NGOs is considered an obstacle to the civil work, as it impedes the development of civil society, as well as the tightening of administrative restrictions on NGOs. So it is necessary to enact a new bill helping to release the freedom of establishment through removing legal and administrative obstacles and financial difficulties faced by their work , contribute to facilitate the procedures of establishment through notification without the need to obtain prior authorization.
participants of the delegation of EOHR express their hopes that the bills submitted to the commission of human rights will be adopted by the parliament . These bills related to the bill replacing Law 84/2002 , the bill for political parties and a new bill for local administration . Also they recommended not to rush to issue the anti terrorism law as the Egyptian legislation is not in a need for a new law to combat terrorism as there is already an existed law No. 97/1992.
Participants also suggested the Amendment of the law of Shura Council No. 120 of 1980, as amended by Law No. 176 of 2005, with regard to the method of selecting its members and its powers, as well as to revise Article 179 of the Constitution, because it will lead to the legalization of the state of emergency as a constitutional case which will eventually lead to the violation of rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens, the necessary to lift the state of emergency which has been imposed since 1981 under the Emergency Law No. 162 of in 1958 because of its harmful and dangerous to the system of human rights in Egypt and to declare it in the case of actual war and disasters and for a limited period and under real supervision for the legislative power.
Participants also stressed the importance of amending some articles on torture in the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code , EOHR has submitted previously these amendments in 2003 , which focused on the crime of torture and its amendments in the Egyptian law according to the international covenants to include the definition of torture crime according to what stated in the convention against torture which was ratified by Egypt in 1986. The meeting included Mr. Abu Al Kassem Al Nouby , treasurer of EOHR, Mr. Farouk Al Ashry, Coordinator of the Salon of Fathy Radwan , Mrs. Nashwa Nashat, director of research and publication, Mr. Tarek Zaghloul, administrative director from EOHR and Mr. Mahmoud Amer, Mr. Hussein Ibrahim and Mr. Edward Al Zahaby, the head of the commission of human rights who promised to discuss all proposals sated in the memorandum provided by EOHR .
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