EOHR welcomes the release of Egyptian fishermen in Libya

May 16th, 2012 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) welcomes the release of Egyptian fishermen yesterday, who disappeared in Libya in April 2012. On May 9, 2012, EOHR received a complaint in which the complainer said on April 24, 2012, two Egyptian fishing boats with 23 fishermen were attached with an armed Libyan boat. The Egyptian fishermen were kept in Darana Port for two days then the kidnapers called for 50.000 dinars in order to release the detainees. 9 of the detainees could escape later and get back to Egypt. The families of the kidnapped people complained to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to set them free, but in vain.

The Libyan authorities yesterday, May 15, 2012, gave the fishermen to the Egyptian Border Guards in Salloum Area, but they are still there and their relatives are not allowed to visit them.

In this regard, EOHR calls the Egyptian authorities to release the Egyptian fishermen in Salloum immediately to get back home; there is no reason for keeping them in Salloum.

Last Sunday, EOHR called the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to end the problem of the fishermen in particular and give special care to enhancement of the Egyptian citizens living conditions in the Arab Countries in general.  Saving Egyptian people’s souls is one of the high priorities of the Egyptian authorities.

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