Legalizing the international electoral observation missions

April 13th, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces the decision of the Egyptian Ministry of Social Insurance that banned many international civil society organizations from observing the Egyptian presidential elections. The decision, issued on April 23, 2012, mentioned that the activities of these organizations do not comply with the state supremacy. The banned organizations include Carter Center, Rights and Freedoms International and Seeds of Peace.

EOHR calls the Egyptian government to reconsider legalizing the international observation missions. All of these banned organizations aim at providing the Egyptian society with international experiences, needed during the democratic transformation era. For many years many of the international organizations applied to the Egyptian authorities for legalizing their status in Egypt. The observation mission launching refusal coincidences with the ministry’s draft law for NGOs that restricts most of the NGOs activities in Egypt, local and international.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that the decision is not logical. All the countries of the world support the role played by the civil society organizations, while the Egyptian Ministry of Social Insurance chains NGOs during the democratization phase. The international standards should be taken as references for all the governmental forthcoming decisions and legislations.

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