EOHR calls the Attorney- General and the President of the Parliament for the immediate investigation with two members of the Parliament

April 19th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR)expresses its deepest  condemnation on  the statements of “Hassan Nashaat Al Kasas ” and “Ahmad Abu Akrab”, members of the Parliament affiliated to the National Democratic Party (NDP ) to shoot demonstrators . EOHR  calls the Attorney General and the President of the parliament for opening an immediate investigation  with them as their statements represented a clear violations to the Constitution and international standards on the right to peaceful assembly ([1]) and the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms.    

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR, denied these statements and described it as” irresponsible statements” which instigateed to kill our young people. He added that these statements are contrary to the fundamental principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by responsible Officials ([2]), indicating that EOHR  has submitted a report  to both of  the Attorney  General and the President of the People’s Assembly in order to open an immediate  investigation with the two members on their  statements  in  People’s Assembly, which considered -according to international covenants  on human rights and the Egyptian laws – a  crime of incitement to kill  regardless of the law.

The statements come in the light of  the events of  6th of April and the wave of detentions that accompanied by the competent authorities’ rejection to a formal request to organize demonstrations as the parliament witnessed a vast debate on this case and the detention of some demonstrators,  during this debate Al Kasas said that the Minister  of Interior is so kind with those protestors who should be killed  !!!.

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 [1] – Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which guarantee every person the right to participate in public meetings and the right to peaceful assembly. Also the Egyptian Constitution  provided in Article 54 that ” Citizens have the right to the special meetings without carrying weapons , and without the need for taking prior notice and  security men may not  attend their special and public meetings which  shall be permitted within the law.
 
[2] principle 12 (Since it was the right of every individual to participate in lawful and peaceful assemblies in accordance with the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights , governments should not use  force and firearms only according to what is contained in Principles 13 and 14.

Principle 13 (the officials responsible for dispersing the non- violent illegal  assemblies should avoid the use of force and if that is not practically possible, they  shall restrict such force to the minimum necessary.

Principle 14 ( officials responsible for implementing the law may not use firearms to disperse armed groups except that they are unable to less dangerous means, they have to limit their use of weapons to the minimum necessary.

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