The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for releasing Mr. Hassan Abdel Azeem.

May 4th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) express its condemnation of detaining the Syrian activist Hassan Abdel Azeem, the Secretary General of the Arab Democratic Socialist Union party and the spokesman of the National Democratic Coalition which includes Syrian nationalist and leftist parties. Abdel Azeem’s detention is not the first time such incident occurs as it has been preceded by detaining other activists and human rights’ defender in Syria after the recent uprising there.

EOHR confirms that the detention of activists and human rights defenders who call for reforms constitute a flagrant violation of international human rights conventions especially the conventions on the rights of human rights defenders and 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 as its second clause states that:

 “The state shall take all the necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of every one, 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 right referred to in the present declaration.”

Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the Chairman of the EOHR stated that the policy of detention undertaken by the Syrian authorities became a systematic policy based on detaining activists who call for reform to intimidate the voices that call for freedom and democracy. He also condemned using military force against civilians as it constitutes crimes against humanity committed against defenseless Syrians. He thus called on the Syrian regime to respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people who are demanding freedom and democracy, and to prioritize the protection of people’s unities over clinging to power. Moreover, Abu Saeda emphasized the necessity of the immediate release of all activists and human rights’ defenders in Syria  


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