Human rights activists in danger

May 23rd, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its  deepest worries on the arbitrary  practices against  some human rights activists (Mr. Nasser Amin, director of the Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession(1), Mr.  Ahmed Seif, ex. director of Hisham Mubarak Center and  Mr. Gamal Eid, director of the Arabic Network for human rights information(2), and the tendency to try them before the courts  in a violation to the Constitution and international covenants on human rights which  guaranteed  the right to freedom of opinion and expression, declared its full solidarity with them.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, Chairman of EOHR called the Egyptian authorities for  stopping  all arbitrary procedures whether judicial or administrative against human rights activists as they are being against  freedom of opinion and expression stated  in the Egyptian constitution, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, he called all  international, local and regional organizations  for supporting them.

     Abu Seada confirmed that these actions are part of the campaign against NGOs and human rights activists and civil society organization, under the direction of the government to pass a bill  on NGOs, its primary goal is to assassinate the civil work in Egypt in a violation of Egypt’s commitments to UN Human Rights Council,  demanding at the same time to  incorporate the principle of the protection of activists in the public field and human rights in the national legislation, and  to put an end to the practices aimed at terrifying civil society activists and defenders of human rights and providing legal protection to allow them to the exercise of their activities without interference, this is to give effect to the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally
Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms). which provides that

Article 6

Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others:

(a) To know, seek, obtain, receive and hold information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including having access to information as to how those rights and freedoms are given effect in domestic legislative, judicial or administrative systems;

(b) As provided for in human rights and other applicable international instruments, freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms;
 (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters.

Article 7

Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to develop and discuss new human rights ideas and principles and to advocate their acceptance.

Article 8

1. Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to have effective access, on a non-discriminatory basis, to participation in the government of his or her country and in the conduct of public affairs.
2. This includes, inter alia, the right, individually and in association with others, to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organizations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.



Who was referred to the Prosecution on 17.05.2010 against the background of his attitude on the appointment of women in the judiciary of the State Council, which has deferred his investigation  to 05/24/2010.


He was referred to the criminal trial  on  22.5.2010 in case No. 8260 – 2009, on charges of defaming and threaten Judge Abdel Fattah Mourad, and the misuse of one means of communication, his trial was postponed  to session 26/6/2010.

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