EOHR holds a seminar entitled” Torture in the Egyptian law and the required amendments” next Monday

June 23rd, 2010 by Editor

EOHR will hold a seminar entitled  ” Torture in the Egyptian law and the  required amendments” on Monday 28/6/2010 at 12:00 PM  in EOHR’s office, the seminar includes a group of law professors, number of members of Shura Council and people Assembly’s, party’s representatives, political force and civil society activists.

 Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR, confirmed that holding the seminar coincides with the International Day in support of Victims of torture on 26/6/2010 and EOHR launching its campaign against impunity, confirming that torture became a phenomenon in the Egyptian society under the legislative deficiency for questioning the offenders.

Hafez Abu Seada added that this seminar aims at discussing  the torture in the Egyptian Constitution and the international covenant on human rights, Egyptian provisions on torture, emergency law, legal protection, and legislative deficiency on treating torture phenomenon, at the end of the seminar EOHR will propose EOHR’s bill  to amend some articles concerning torture in the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedures Code which have been already submitted by EOHR to the parliament in 2003.

Abu Seada clarified that the bill will be presented to the president of the republic, Shura Council and People Assembly in order to be adopted, he called again the government for immediate response to the recommendations issued by UN human rights council  in Geneva concerning the torture file as follows:

1) Amending articles 126,129 of the Penal Code to conform with the international covenant against torture.

) Join the optional protocol against torture.2

3) Inviting the special rapporteur to visit Egypt.

EOHR’s  campaign to combat impunity
Torture in Egyptian law and the required amendments

Theme I: anti-torture in the Egyptian constitution and international covenants of human rights … the similarities and differences
Mr. Essam Shiha – Member of the supreme Council of Al  Wafd Party

Theme II: The provisions of the Egyptian judiciary in cases of torture
Mr. Essam al Aslambouly – Lawyer

Theme III: Emergency and legal protection for crimes of torture

Mr. Hussein Abdel-Razek – former Secretary General of Al Tagamou party

Theme IV: The legislative deficiency  in addressing the phenomenon of torture

Dr. Ahmed Abu Baraka – Member of Parliament

Theme V: EOHR’s bill for  amending some articles on torture in the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure code

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada – chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights



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