EOHR calls for the immediate release of 15 members of Muslim Brotherhood

February 8th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deepest worries on the arrest of several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday, 8/2/2010 – No reasons for the detention until the issuance of this statement – as it constitutes a violation for the right to liberty and security of person  as this is more specifically guaranteed under the Constitution and international covenants on human Rights.

 On Monday  8/2/2010,  the security forces arrested 15 members of Muslim Brotherhood, including  3 members  from Alexandria governorate, 3 members from Al Sharkia governorate, 2 members from Giza governorate, 2 members from Assuit governorate,  2 members from Cairo and Al Gharbia governorates and 3 members from the Muslim Brotherhood’s guidance bureau: Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy of general leader, Dr. Essam Al Arian and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Bir.

 Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, Secretary-General of EOHR expressed his  hope that the government immediately release prisoners of Muslim Brotherhood and all political prisoners, lifting the state of emergency which is incompatible with claims of reform process and to return to

the  constitutional legality and natural law. The state of emergency is the legal instrument that is being used to violate the right to peaceful assembly, the right to liberty and security of person and other rights which were guaranteed under the Egyptian Constitution and international covenants on human rights, Abu Seada added.    

  Abu Seada called the Egyptian government for  abiding by their commitments  on political and constitutional reform, and to abide by the commitments according to the ratification on the international covenants concerned with human rights, the necessary to merge the political force inside the Egyptian society and to participate in the political process, releasing the freedom of establishing parties for all political forces regardless of ideological affiliation. Abu Seada confirmed the importance of all political parties to declare their commitments and respect for constitutional legitimacy.

 It is worth noting that EOHR launched a campaign in 2003 under the title of (Together to stop Emergency Law) to lift the state of emergency and to release all prisoners.


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