Will Hisba Lawsuits arise after the Egyptian revolution?

February 12th, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for having many lawsuits against many public characters accusing them of contempt of religions, which represents a restriction for the freedom of expression. Although, the Egyptian criminal court was amended and article no. 3 provides that a complaint has to be submitted by the victim or his lawyer to the prosecutor general office, orally or written.

In this regard, a lawsuit was filed against the Egyptian businessman Nageb Sawerus for contempt of Islam; Bolak Abu El Ela Misdemeanor Court will issue a decision on March 3, 2012, although Sawerus apologized to Muslims for the incident many times.  Also, another lawsuit was filed the artist Adel Imam for artistic works against Islam. Al Haram Misdemeanor Court gave him 3-month sentence and LE 1000 fine.

EOHR emphasizes unlimited support to the freedom of expression and creation and denounces taking thinkers to accountability for their thoughts, which represents a negative indicator to the future of the freedom of expression in Egypt. EOHR also calls for reorganizing the legislative structures in order to stop having this kind of court decisions against the freedom of expression and placing rules for filing lawsuits, according to the international standards of human rights.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of (EOHR) emphasized on the importance of the freedom of expression according to the international standards of human rights. This kind of issues has to be discussed friendly through direct debates, out of courthouses.

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