The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for immediate release of Tahrir Square detainees

August 2nd, 2011 by Editor

On August 1, 2011, the military police and the central security forces ended the sit-in of the protesters in Tahrir Sequare forcibly and detained more than 120 of them. So, The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls for immediate release of Tahrir Square detainees that did not commit any crimes. The detainees included journalists and media specialists who were doing their jobs there.

The military police and the central security forces ended the sit-in, removed the civil protesters’ tents and opened the square for pedestrians and cars. Clashes took place between the protesters and the abovementioned forces and then the forces detained scores of the civil protesters and injured others. Until this moment the authorities have not issued any statements on the incident or lists of detainees.

EOHR calls the concerned authorities for respecting the rights of expression and emphasizes on the importance of spreading awareness of peaceful protesting culture without causing harms to others.

Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR affirmed the right of expression according to the international standards of human rights.  He also added that practicing this right must take place in the presence of some rules that guarantee causing no harm for others. That means the Egyptian government must draft a new law for civil protesting. The law should provides for the formation of a committee for coordination between the protesters and the concerned security bodies in order to guarantee easy traffic in the protesting area and also the required protection for the protesters and detainees as well.

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