The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Issues a Report on the Demonstrations of “Rage Day” “The Demonstrations of the 25th of January and the Excessive Use of Force”

January 26th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) is issuing a report on Wednesday, 26/1/2011, on the demonstrations of “Rage Day” which have taken place in different Egyptian governorates entitled “The Demonstrations of Rage Day and the Excessive Use of Force”.

The report includes documentation of the most obvious violations observed and reported by the lawyers of EOHR through these events, a background on the demonstrations the country has witnessed during the past year, the motives of demonstrators and the demands and recommendations made in that regard.

 

The lawyers of EOHR have reached several results, the most important of which are:

  • – Security forces have besieged all demonstrations and prevented demonstrators from expressing their opinions.
  • – The police have used excessive force against the demonstrators through hitting them with clubs, shotguns, tear gas and rubber bullets which led to the death of 3 demonstrators in Al-Suez Governorate. The number of those injured has reached around 149 in the Suez General Hospital and 25 in the Medical Insurance Hospital including 9 from the security forces. Most injuries were caused by suffocation due to the effect of tear gas.
  • – There is an expansion in the arrest policies as those detained have reached the amount of around 700 detainees[1] in 4 main governorates; Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and Al-Dakahliya. This is in addition to activists, the most prominent of which are Amin Eskandar, Kamal Khalil, Muhammad Shabana, As’ad Heikal and Maha Abu Bakr. Also, journalists of Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Shorouk newspapers and of the Al-Jazeera satellite channel have been assaulted.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, has demanded that the general prosecutor immediately releases all those who’ve been detained during peacefully demonstrating to freely express their opinions. This should happen in accordance with the constitution and the international standards of the right to peaceful assembly, the freedom of opinion and expression and the rights to freedom and personal security. He emphasized that it is necessary for the Ministry of Interior to issue clear and strict instructions to the security forces dealing with the demonstrations to not use force to disperse the demonstrations particularly through using clubs, sticks or through shootings whether with live or rubber bullets or with shotguns. He also stressed that it is necessary for the Ministry of Interior to start immediate investigations in the death incidents and those of assaulting demonstrators along with the journalists of Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Shorouk and to refer those responsible for trial.

Abu Saida has also emphasized that it is necessary for the government to abide by its obligations before the Human Rights Council regarding  the freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly, terminating the state of emergency, speeding up the pace of political, constitutional and economic reform and abandoning the policy of restricting freedom of expression and of blocking electronic websites.

 


[1]  This an estimate number as the security apparatuses adopted the police of detaining some of the demonstrators for durations ranging from an hour to two hours and then releasing them.

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