EOHR calls for abolishing the state of emergency and returning to the constitutional legality

May 12th, 2010 by Editor

      The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deepest worries on  the extension of Emergency Law for two years which contradicts  with the voluntary pledges submitted by the Egyptian government on the abolition of the state of emergency as soon as issuing a new law to combat terrorism.

      EOHR sees  that the decision to extend Emergency Law, although its procedures were confined to the crimes of terrorism and drugs’ trafficking, the emergency law in its current form still contains aspects that threaten the rights and freedoms for  all citizens without distinction or limiting measures on the perpetrators of crimes of terrorism. By reviewing Article 3 paragraph 1of Emergency Law, we see that it  provided for: “Once the state of emergency was declared, the President of the Republic takes the following procedures: imposing restrictions on persons’ right to assembly, movement, residency or passing in specific places or times and to arrest suspects or those who threaten the security and public order and searching people and places regardless of the provisions of Criminal Procedures Code”. This provision gives the authorities the power to impose restrictions on individuals, meetings , search and arrest and other violations of human rights.

Adding to EOHR’s worries that the law retained the establishment of special courts and military courts to try civilians on any of the crimes referred by the President of the Republic,  such military decisions may also be issued to restrict the rights and freedoms as long as the state of emergency is imposed.

EOHR  insists on the need to  abolish  the state of emergency and return to constitutional legality.

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