The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights issues the “The military trials and the violation of the fair trial safeguards” report

August 25th, 2011 by Editor

On August 24, 2011, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) issues the “The military trials and violation of the fair trial safeguards” report. The report includes the results of the field follow-up of referring 12.000 civilians to the military courts after the revolution.

The report is divided to four parts:

Part 1: the laws mention referring civilians to the military courts

Part 2: notes taken by legal experts on the military courts’ way for handling civilian lawsuits and the legal basis for referring civilians to the military courts

Part 3: testimonies and statements of some of military-court-trialed persons’ families

Part 4: EOHR recommendations

EOHR recommendations come as following:

1- Stopping referring civilians to the military courts

2- The Supreme Council for Armed Forces must refer all the civilians’ lawsuits handled by the military courts to the civil courts

3- Amendment of the military judiciary law no. 25/year 1966 to handle the military lawsuits only, which include charges against those who committed crimes inside the military camps

4- Cancelling article no. 6 of the military judiciary law no. 25/year 1966 that give the power to the president for referring civilians to the military courts in the shadow of the emergency status

5- The Egyptian civil society should continue calling for  Stopping referring civilians to the military courts to achieve the state of law

6- Amendment of the local laws that enabled the security forces to commit crimes against civilians such as the police authority law, criminal law and the emergency law. The laws should mention the rights of expression and assembly and taking the torture crimes’ perpetrators to accountability

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