EOHR denounces banning the human rights’ activist Nabil Ragab from entering Egypt

April 11th, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces banning the human rights’ activist Nabil Ragab from entering Egypt. The activist was stopped by the Egyptian authorities in Cairo Airport in order to be deported to his home country, Bahrain. The activist intended to attend a conference entitled “Challenges of Human Rights in the Arab World”. The conference will be participated by The Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations and the African Commission for Human Rights.

EOHR considers such decision as violation of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and many other international standards on the freedom of assembly and movement. Article 12 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights provides every person with the right to live or move legally to any place, country or region in the world. So, EOHR calls for allowing the Bahraini human rights’ activist Nabil Ragab in Egypt, as long having no legal reason for banning his existence in the country. Such decision restricts sharing the democratic transformation experiences and transferring these experiences of the Arab spring to the conference-attending-activist’s countries.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, emphasized on the significance of the right to movement as one of the human rights, Provided for in international conventions of human rights. He called for removing all the restrictions before providing all people with their right to movement in addition to purifying the Egyptian legal structures against any restrictions on the right to movement. The Egyptian legislatives must be connected to the international standards in this regard. Abu Seada called for cancelling the decision no. 1214, year 1994, including the rules of listing people banned from entering or leaving the country, without court decisions.

 

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