The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for ending usage of emergency law

September 15th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses worry for the SCAF’s decision for the reactivation of the emergency law; however the decision does not comply with the previous commitments of SCAF.

SCAF amended the emergency law by the decree no. 193, year 2011. The new decree included new articles for facing disorders, terrorism, riots, threatening national security, possessing weapons and ammunitions, possessing narcotics, thuggish acts and damaging the public properties.

EOHR emphasized that the law in the current form threatens people’s freedoms and rights, although it has included only the abovementioned violations. The law enabled the authorities to place restrictions related to raiding, searching and arresting people in addition to other human rights’ violations. The current emergency law is activating the exceptional trials and extends the emergency status of. So, referring civilians to the military trials will also exist in addition to imposing military orders for restricting freedoms and rights.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stressed on the necessity of cancelling the emergency law before the parliamentary election. He also stated that the Egyptian criminal law includes enough provisions for facing all the current crimes and incidents. The emergency law does not comply with the Egyptian constitutional declaration or the international standards of human rights.

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