Archive for March, 2011

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Commends the Release of Al Shater and Malik and Demands the Abolishing of Special Courts

March 3rd, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) demands the release of Engineer, “Khairat Al Shater”, the second deputy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide and Business man, Hassan Ez Al Din Malik on Thursday 3/3/2011. EOHR demands that all special courts are abolished and that all detainees are released.

The facts of the case go back to the events of the military parade of the students of Al Azhar University in 2006 when Al Shater, a group of professors and students of Al Azhar University and other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested along with the students who participated in the parade. On 14/12/2006, they were interrogated by the state security prosecution office in case number 963 of the year 2006 when they were accused to joining the banned group of the Muslim Brotherhood. They have been temporarily detained within the course of the case.

The defense of Al Shater and his group filed a grievance to the criminal court of Cairo against the detention decision issued by the state security prosecution based on the amendment to the law on criminal proceedings number 145 for the year 2006 after which the court ruled with the release of the accused in regards to their charges and that they would be released from the court building. However, the ruling has not been put into effectiveness. In addition to that, the general prosecutor issued a decision to freeze their liquid, portable and real estate assets and denying their wives and their adult children access to such assets.

On 5/2/2007, the president of the republic at the time has issued a decree to refer the case to military courts and the military prosecution commenced its investigation with the accused and charged with joining a banned group founded in contradiction to the provisions of the law which obstructs the institutions of the state from performing their duty, commits money laundering to achieve their agendas in addition to investing such money to further these agendas. The case has been referred without conducting investigations on the part of the military prosecution with 16 suspects. Also the decision of referral was sudden and came only one day before the date which was set to the session on an official holiday.

On 26/4//2007, the military court of the Haykestib area in Cairo commenced with the first session of the trial which was litigated through 66 sessions. In April 2008, the High Military Court has issues its verdict in case number 2 for the year 2007 of the record of military crimes ruling with a sentence of imprisonment carrying from 3 to 10 tears. Al Shater and Malik received 7 years sentence.

EOHR regards the decision of releasing Al Shater and Malik with the utmost comfort. However, it hopes that the same would be applied with the remaining detainees especially for those who are in need for health release including Aboud Al Zumur and Tarek Al Zumur. EOHR also demands that special courts are abolished because of the flagrant violation these courts constitute to the right to fair trial, citizens’ right to be tried before their natural judge and their entitlement to all their legal rights in gradual progress before courts and in appealing verdicts according to law.

 



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In compliance with the promises of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

March 2nd, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Demands the Immediate Release of 16 Detainees at the Prison of Al Wadi Al Gadeed

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its grave concern on the continued detention of 16 persons inside the prison of Al Wadi Al Gadeed in relation to the events of the 25th of January. They have gone on open hunger strike protesting the continuance of their detention and demanding their immediate release in fear for their lives. These demands are in compliance with the promises of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which included releasing all those who have been detained during the revolution. Read the rest of this entry »

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As a Step Compatible to the Transitional Phase

March 2nd, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Welcomes the Constitutional Amendments and Demands the Drafting of a New Constitution

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its welcome of the constitutional amendments suggested by the Committee of Constitutional Amendments (CCA) on Saturday, 26/2/2011, as a preliminary procedure appropriate to the current transitional phase. However, these amendments are not enough as they did not approach the articles concerned with the powers of the president of the republic and the relationship between the legislative authority and other authorities. This will lead to the continuance dominance of the president of the republic over the remaining authorities and his interference in their affairs. 55 articles in the constitution are about power and authorities, 35 of which are about the authorities of the president of the republic which gives the holder of this position a total of 63% of the total authorities stated in the constitution. The president is the head of the executive branch leaving the legislative authority with its two councils of the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council with only 14 authorities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Rights Council 16th Session

March 1st, 2011 by Editor

Abu Saeda Gives a Speech on “Human Rights as Egypt Redefined Them” in a Sideline International Meeting on the Egyptian Revolution

On the sidelines of the sixteenth session of the Human Rights Council, a session was held which was entitled “A New Page in Egypt’s History; The 25th of January Revolution; Freedoms, Human Rights, Accountability, Redress Mechanisms”. The session was attended by a delegation from the National Council of Human Rights which include Mr. Muhammad Faeq, a member in NCHR and the chairman of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Ms. Muna al-Faqqar, a member NCHR and a lawyer at cassation in addition to judge Omar al-Sherif, the assistant to the minister of justice and ambassador Hisham Badr, Egypt’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) and a member in NCHR was part of the delegation and gave a speech in this session. Read the rest of this entry »

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A life in Danger

March 1st, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Demands an Immediate Investigation of 18 Detainees’ Hunger Strike and Demand their Speedy Release Palestinian 

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the information it has received on 18 Palestinian detainees in Al Aqrab prison going on an open strike for four days now to protest not being released in spite of the minister of interior issue a decision to release them. Read the rest of this entry »

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