Forcible police raid against ACIJLP

December 31st, 2011 by Editor

In an unprecedented event, since the establishment of the Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) in 1997, the headquarters of the ACIJLP exposed to an attack similar to armed robbery on Thursday, December 29th, 2011. In addition to, confiscating eight computers devices, hundreds of files related to the ACIJLP’s activities, retaining all the ACIJLP’s staff from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and isolating them from the outside world during the inspection of the ACIJLP’s headquarters by various authorities, including members from the public prosecution, special forces and criminal investigation officers under the full siege of the building in which the ACIJLP’s headquarters is located and preventing the entry or exit of anyone to or from the building.

During the unjustified inspection campaign, which included the roof of the building which included the ACIJLP’s headquarters is located and the confiscation of the computer devices and files,  the ACIJLP’s officials and its staff were not informed about the reason for such procedures, in what context they are taken, they do not even write a record of evidence as an evidence of the confiscated computer devices or files, the duration in which the ACIJLP will be closed, or the official source of this resolution. They only informed the ACIJLP’s that a decision has been issued to close and seal the ACIJLP, even before the inspection and without charges.

The ACIJLP expresses its deep concern and astonishment at the same time over the fact that such arbitrary procedures on the ACIJLP were designed to impede its role towards the trial of former President, its key figures, those involved in killing the martyrs, purgation of state institutions, the Commemoration of Martyrs of 25th January Revolution, reparation of the victims, uncovering the reality of what happened and the trial of civilians before ordinary judge. The ACIJLP advocates all such procedures and they were launched on its initiative on “Transitional Justice” on February 2011 after the fall of the former regime.

ACIJLP points out that the procedures – which were done without bringing any charges against the ACIJLP like violating the applicable laws and legislation in Egypt or notifying the ACIJLP of the investigation which resulted in such procedures -, aimed at the defamation of ACIJLP, hindering the role played by the center in revealing the violations of human rights in addition to shaking public confidence in the credibility of ACIJLP and other human rights institutions.
ACIJLP expresses its deep concerns over resuming the vicious attacks on the human rights organizations, particularly those organizations which played a role in raising awareness of human rights in Egypt, revealing the violations of the former regime related to torture, arbitrary arrests, extraordinary trials which lack the standards of fair trials, moreover these organizations called for the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, the issues which involve the reasons for the Revolution  of 25th January.
ACIJLP expresses its fears over these procedures which can be described as being arbitrary and a crackdown on the human rights organizations which played an important role in the Revolution of 25th January, the demands of the Egyptian protestors which involved their right in the peaceful assembly, fair trials before ordinary judges if there was a reason for such trials.
ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian Government and the Ruling Military Council to immediately reveal the causes of such procedures and notifying the Egyptian and international Public Opinion of the outcomes of the inspection in the Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession.
ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian Government and the Ruling Military Council to respect the International commitments of Egypt, particularly The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the protection of the Freedom of Association which was signed by Egypt on 4/8/1967 and entered into force on 1981.
The ACIJLP expresses its deep concern and astonishment at the same time over the fact that such arbitrary procedures on the ACIJLP were designed to impede its role towards the trial of former President, its key figures, those involved in killing the martyrs, purgation of state institutions, the Commemoration of Martyrs of 25th January Revolution, reparation of the victims, uncovering the reality of what happened and the trial of civilians before ordinary judge. The ACIJLP advocates all such procedures and they were launched on its initiative on “Transitional Justice” on February 2011 after the fall of the former regime.
ACIJLP points out that the procedures – which were done without bringing any charges against the ACIJLP like violating the applicable laws and legislation in Egypt or notifying the ACIJLP of the investigation which resulted in such procedures -, aimed at the defamation of ACIJLP, hindering the role played by the center in revealing the violations of human rights in addition to shaking public confidence in the credibility of ACIJLP and other human rights institutions.
ACIJLP expresses its deep concerns over resuming the vicious attacks on the human rights organizations, particularly those organizations which played a role in raising awareness of human rights in Egypt, revealing the violations of the former regime related to torture, arbitrary arrests, extraordinary trials which lack the standards of fair trials, moreover these organizations called for the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, the issues which involve the reasons for the Revolution  of 25th January.
ACIJLP expresses its fears over these procedures which can be described as being arbitrary and a crackdown on the human rights organizations which played an important role in the Revolution of 25th January, the demands of the Egyptian protestors which involved their right in the peaceful assembly, fair trials before ordinary judges if there was a reason for such trials.
ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian Government and the Ruling Military Council to immediately reveal the causes of such procedures and notifying the Egyptian and international Public Opinion of the outcomes of the inspection in the Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession.
ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian Government and the Ruling Military Council to respect the International commitments of Egypt, particularly The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the protection of the Freedom of Association which was signed by Egypt on 4/8/1967 and entered into force on 1981.

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