February 21st, 2012 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces referring the parliamentary member Ziyad Al Alimi, belongs to Misr Democratic and Social Political party, to questioning for insulting the ruling Field Marshal and Sheikh Mohammed Hassan during a conference on the situation in Port Said after the violence, although Ziyad Al Alimi has apologized to both. The parliamentary member said “I do not feel ashamed when I confess making mistakes in front of my colleagues; apology does not make me embarrass me”. A Alimi stated that his words came in the framework of political criticism against public figures ruling Egypt and participate in making significant public decisions.
EOHR denounces referring Al Alimi to questioning, because defending people’s rights is the most important task of a parliamentary member, elected by people. So, he should be allowed to criticize the ruling people and the decision makers in the framework of defending public interests, but criticizing them personally is not accepted. Al Alimi criticized those people in a public conference in Port Said, not inside the parliamentary house. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been criticized for going war against Iraq inside British House of Commons and no legal procedures were taken against him.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that referring a parliamentary member to questioning for criticizing the ruling authority and public figure restricts the march to democracy in Egypt after the Egyptian revolution. Such decision should be reconsidered by the head of the parliament, Dr. Saad Al Katatny and the Supreme Council for Armed Forces too, in connection to the international standards for freedom of expression. The parliamentary internal rules should be amended to enable the members to express their points of view freely, according to the international legislations of human rights.
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