February 24th, 2012 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces attacking Dr. Abdel Moniem Aboul Fotouh on the Ring Road in Shubra, Cairo, on February 23, 2012. Three masked thugs with machineguns attacked him while returning from a campaigning tour in Menoufia. The thugs hit Aboul Fotouh on his head and beat his driver too. Both of them were transferred to the New Cairo Hospital, with severe injuries.
EOHR stated that the incident is not the first occurrence against the presidential candidates. Last week, the supporters of Amr Mosa, the expected presidential candidate, were attacked by thugs, when entering their campaigning conference in Damanhour Sporting Club, Behaira.
EOHR emphasizes on the right of political participation and freedom of expression, which are guaranteed according to the Human Rights Universal Declaration and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. EOHR also calls the Prosecutor General and the Egyptian Minister of Interior for immediate investigation on the recurrent violence incidents against the presidential candidates and their supporters and taking the perpetrators to accountability.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that these recurrent incidents against the presidential candidates and their supporters are representing crimes against the freedom of expression and political participation, stressed on within the international standards of human rights. What happened was against the rule of law, one of the main demands of the Egyptian revolutionist. Such events waste the principle of equal opportunities among the presidential candidates. The electoral campaigns should be provided with all the guarantees related to the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression as well as distributing publications and campaigning materials.
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