A new violation to freedom of opinion and expression

April 4th, 2010 by Editor


     The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses its deepest  condemnation for arresting  Ahmed Mehana, owner of “Dow’n ” for publishing on Saturday 3 April 2010 after publishing a book entitled ” Al Baradei and the Dream of Green Fortune” by Kamal Gabriel.

  

     It is worth mentioning that this procedure is illegal according to  the Egyptian Constitution, which provides in Article 47 that “Freedom of opinion is guaranteed, and every person expresses  his opinion by any means of expression within the limits of the law, and self-criticism and constructive criticism ensure the safety of the national construction “,as well as international covenants concerned with this right  including  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which provided in article (19) ” The freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas, and receive and send them by  any means without geographical limits ” , as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights issued in 1966, which confirmed  that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression and this right shall include freedom to seek information or ideas, receive and transfer them regardless of borders, either verbally  or in a written  or print form , whether that was in the form of art or any other media of choice, “and the Egyptian government has ratified these conventions, and thus became an integral part of its domestic law in accordance with Article 151 of the Constitution. 

 

     In this regard; The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses its deepest worries on the continued violations committed against the freedom of opinion and expression. It called for the immediate release for Ahmed Mehana as the decision of his arrest considered one of the wrong applications for Emergency law which has been applied in Egypt since 1981, also lifting restrictions imposed on the system of freedom of opinion and expression.

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