Abu Seada participates in the cultural forum for the prisons sector with a lecture on the police officers and the protection of human rights

May 18th, 2010 by Editor

The  Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) participated in the cultural forum for the prisons sector which was held by  the Ministry of  Interior – prisons sector on Monday 17th May 2010 at Al Marg prison; the forum included a number of leaders:  

Gen. Atif Sharif, assistant of the Minister of Interior and the director of the prisons sector,  counselor. Mohamed Amer, secretary of the commission of Human Rights in People’s Assembly and Mr. Mahmoud Salah, editor in chief of AL Hawadith newspaper.

 Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR focused during the  lecture he gave to officers, civilian personnel and recruits, and some prisoners  on the development of the idea of human rights in the light of the principles of the International standards of human rights, and the need for police officers to respect human rights, the police are empowered to enforce the law , however they  must take into their account the protection of human rights during the implementation of the law, especially with the prisoners in the light of respecting the  minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners.

He stressed that the issue of human rights is no longer considered an internal matter, however this issue got the attention on a large scale and being adopted by  many international conventions that guarantee these rights, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and the international Covenant on  Economic and  Social rights.
 Abu Seada called the Parliament for re-considering  the imprisonment sentence ranging from  three months to one year in order to prevent prisons’ overcrowd  with large numbers of prisoners, adding to the flexibility of the State in dealing with the issue of human rights for prisoners.

It is worth noting that what happened to the development of Al Marg prison and Torah prison  in particular and other prisons in general is due to the continued  demands of Egyptian human rights organizations for development in the recent period. Abu Seada, during his visit tour inside the prison realized the development represented in the establishment of a hospital equipped with laboratories, pharmacy and rooms for prisoners to meet their families, exhibition for  the products of the prison, classes for education, besides prisoners’ cells . Abu Seada expressed  his hopes that this developments in Al Marg prison represents the ideal  model to be imitated in other prisons to eliminate all violations committed against prisoners who deprived of  their liberty.

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