In a Press Conference of the International Federation for Human Rights in Paris Abu Saeda: the Forces of Religious Fundamentalism Represent the Biggest Challenge Facing the Revolution of the 25th of January

March 27th, 2011 by Editor

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) held a press conference for modern civil society organizations on Friday, 26/3/2011, to talk about the Arab revolutions of (Egypt, Libya, Tunis, Morocco and Yemen) with the participation of a group of Arab human rights activists. 

Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), expressed Egyptians’ pride of the revolution of the 25th of January because it was distinguished by being a “revolution of dignity” pointing out that the revolution was successful in removing the mightiest dictatorial regimes in the region.  

Abu Saeda pointed out that the Egyptian revolution is still facing several challenges, the most important of which is facing the forces of fundamentalism which wants to attack the basic foundations of a multi-party system. These challenges also include the danger posed by the stay of the figures of the old regime in the institutions of the state in the lack of real democratic institutions. He clarified that Egypt has been a “state of the individual” with political decisions made by individuals. He stressed that human rights organizations work with different civil society organizations including parties and syndicates to contribute to establish the rule of the law, freedoms, democracy and political diversity in the country.

The Chairman of EOHR warned against speeding process of holding elections without giving parties the full opportunity because this hurts the revolution which he worries could be hijacked by undemocratic groups. He stressed his hope that all dictatorial regimes would be brought down in the Arab world by the end of the current year of 2011.


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