“The First Statement”

February 3rd, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Committee for Fact Finding and Countering Corruption

A number of representatives of civil society organizations in addition to a number of human rights activists have gathered today in the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) on Thursday the 3rd of February, 2011 to discuss the situation the country is going through and to search for the adequate mechanisms to support the demonstrators and the methods through which their demands could be met as soon as possible. They also discussed the recommended mechanisms to punish all those responsible for the violations the demonstrations of the 25th of January and until now. They then declared the formation of “The Egyptian Committee for Fact Finding and Countering Corruption”.

The gathering demanded the following:

  • 1- Supporting the demands of the Egyptian popular uprising for they are part and parcel of the international legitimacy of human rights and of the rights protected under the Egyptian constitution and the relevant international human rights conventions (right to life, right to peaceful protest and right to freedom of opinion and expression)
  • 2- Condemning all forms and types of violations protestors and human rights activists are exposed to in addition to violations directed against journalists and the reporters of news agency and satellites in Tahrir Square and in all the governorates of Egypt. Fact finding missions must be formed to observe and document these violations and to determine those responsible for them to take all measures to punish them for the crimes they have committed. The commission will also be responsible for contacting the International Red Cross to deliver food and medicine to the trapped demonstrators.
  • 3- Taking all the measures on all fronts to punish the accused through the following:
  • a. Approaching the Council for Human Rights and the International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • b. Approaching the Egyptian general prosecution office to punish the crimes committed against demonstrators.
  • c. Forming a popular tribunal for those responsible for these violations first of which are the previous and the current ministers of Interior.
  • 4- Taking all legal measures to form an ad-hoc judicial tribunal to try the corrupt figures responsible for looting public funds and for using funds to sponsor campaigns of thugs to commit violence against the demonstrators in Tahrir Square Yesterday and until now.
  • 5- Punishing those responsible for the Egyptian media for their crimes of incitement against demonstrators and for what they have committed regarding manipulating the public and misrepresenting facts.
  • 6- Demanding the army to immediately intervene to stop the attacks on the demonstrators in Tahrir Square and in all governorates to preserve their lives according to their legitimate right to peaceful protest. This comes from faith in the Egyptian army and in its promises to not use force against demonstrators and its statements on the legitimacy of their demands.
  • 7- The necessity of involving all civil society institutions in the dialogue with the government on the future of the country concerning the enhancement of the position of human rights and the development of democracy as one of the basic demands aspired for.
  • 8- The immediate release of all detainees and the speeding up of putting a new constitution of a civil democratic country that respects and enhances human rights and responds to the demands of all political and societal forces in addition to issuing a new law on pursuing political rights that would guarantee the freedom and integrity of the elections through full judicial supervision.
  • 9- Condemning the violation directed against Hisham Mubarak Center which has been besieged by security forces after which some of those working there have been arrested as such attack constitutes a violation of the rights to assembly and organization protected under the constitution and the relevant international human rights conventions which have become part of the Egyptian domestic law according to Article 151 of the constitution. Also this a condemnation of the incidents of forced disappearance of some of the human rights activists as it constitutes a violation of the right to life, freedom and personal security protected under the constitution and the relevant international conventions as well.

The Egyptian Committee for Fact Finding and for Countering Corruption (ECFFCC) includes EOHR, the Center of the Independence of the Judiciary and Lawyers, the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, One World Organization for Development, Al-Mahrousa Center, the Center of Alternative Studies, the Organization of Combating Land Mines and Human Rights, the Organization of Observers Unlimited in addition to a number of public figure including Dr. Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid, a political science professor at Cairo University, Ms. Farida Al-Naqqash, the Editor in Chief of Al-Ahaly Newspaper, Dr. Gamal Zahran, an ex-parliament member, Mr. Yahia Qalash, the General Secretariat of  the Syndicate of Journalists, Dr. Mustapha Al-Nasharty, the economics professor in Misr University for Sciences and Technology (MUST), MR. Ahmed Abd Al-Hafeez, the lawyer of cassation, and some political figures including Mr. Hussain Abd Al-Raziq, the ex-General Secretariat of Al-Tagamu’ Party and Mr. Essam Shiha, a member in the high committee of Al-Wafd Party. There is a current process of inviting a number of human rights organization and public figures to join the   ECFFCC.

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