The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Confirms the Legitimacy of the Right to Peaceful Protest

January 25th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its grave concern regarding holding the Al-Jazeera crew in custody and confiscating their cameras and their recording devices in the area of Shubra. This happened during its coverage of the popular demonstrations in that area in the light of the protests taking place in different areas of the country under the title “Rage Day”.

It’s noteworthy that there are many political, party-related and social powers that called for coming out in peaceful demonstrations on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 all over the country which commemorates the celebration of the “Police Day” to condemn the prices’ hike and corruption and to demand the termination of the state of emergency which has been imposed over the country for thirty years. The demonstration was also aimed to call for political reform. Indeed many citizens did demonstrate in Cairo, in Tahrir Square, Duqi Square, Shubra Street, below the Al-Galaa Bridge and in Qasr Al-Nile. Demonstrations also took place in some Egyptian governorates such as the city of Tanta in Al-Gharbiya Governorate, Al-Mahala Al-Kubra City, Kafr El-Sheikh and Asuit.

These demonstrations witnessed clashes between security forces and a number of the protestors as the security forces have released tear gas among demonstrators and used water hoses to disperse them after they had penetrated the security fence. In addition to that, some clashes took place between demonstrators and security forces in front of the High Court as security forces hit demonstrators with sticks. They also used clubs and sticks to disperse the demonstrators who tried to find refuge in the side streets of Al-Tahrir Square.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, emphasized that the right to peaceful assembly is one of the rights protected under the constitution and the relevant international conventions ratified by the Egyptian government thus becoming part and parcel f the constitution as stated in its article number 151. Consequently, it’s not acceptable to violate the rights of any of the demonstrators through arrest or detention. In addition to that, the media has the right to cover events freely without any violation.

As such, EOHR demand that no violation is made against the rights of protestors and that the right of the media to cover the events of the demonstration be ensured within the context of the freedom of media and the freedom of opinion and expression. EOHR also demand that the Egyptian government complies with these demands to create an atmosphere of democracy and freedom in the country.

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