EOHR Condemns the Detention of Rasim Al Atasy and Calls on the Syrian Government to Immediately Release him

April 28th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses it’s condemnation of the arrest of the human rights activist Rasim Al Atasy, the former president of the Arab Organization of Human Rights and the current member in it’s board of trustees. Atasy was arrested on Wednesday noon 27-4-2011 in Homs, north of Damascus.

This detention is considered an intimidation of human rights activists by Syrian authorities to stop them from monitoring the human rights violations committed towards Syrian people who are calling for political and legislative reform pursuing a life full of liberty, dignity and justice .

Some of the news media has broadcasted was that the Syrian authorities forced two young men from Homs to say that Al Atasy urged them to practice riot through the peaceful demonstrations that swept Syria.

EOHR proclaim that the practices of the Syrian authorities is not compiling with the international covenants and conventions regarding  human rights, particularly what is constituted in the Article 12 of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. And according to the second paragraph of Article 12 which states:

The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the chairman of EOHR mentioned that arresting and assaulting Rasim Al Atasy by the Syrian authority is considered a crime and the responsibility of Atasy’s safety falls in the hands of the Syrian government. Abu Seada called for unconditioned immediate release of Atasy and demands the Syrian government to respond to the  legitimate demands of the protestors and to stop immediately using gratuitous violence against it’s own people.

Abu Seada stressed on EOHR’s solidarity with Al Atasy and the demands of reform made by the Syrian people, and he asserted that EOHR will spare no effort until the release of Al Atasy and all the political detainees.    



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