A new court verdict against the freedom of expression

December 27th, 2011 by Editor

On December 26, 2011, Al Waily Misdemeanor Court gave Gaber Sayed Gaber Abdel Haq one year sentence, LE 200 fine in addition to payment of the trial expenditures. Gaber was charged with distribution of publications against national peace and security during participation in the protest organized last Friday, December 23, 2011, in Abbasia.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that such court decision is a serious violation against the freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly, which are guaranteed according to the international standards of human rights. The verdicts of the local administrative courts stress on the freedom of peaceful assembly of all aspects such as lectures, seminars, debates and speeches.

EOHR calls for reconsideration of the Egyptian legislative structure in order to eliminate all the articles that are against the freedom of expression, which are inherited from the pas regime.

EOHR expresses worry for chasing the political and human rights activists after the revolution for nothing but expressing their points of view in a peaceful way. EOHR calls for reconsideration of Gaber’s trial and dropping his abovementioned charges, based on his free right of expression and peaceful assembly; his protesting activities that day did not exceed his rights, according to the Egyptian laws and the international standards of human rights in this concern.

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