August 26th, 2012 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has submitted an official complaint to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to work towards the immediate release of Ms. Nagla Wafa and the immediate halt of her continued flagellation.
gravely condemns the ruling of Saudi Arabian Authorities to flagellate Egyptian national, Ms. Naglaa Wafa. EOHR denounces this as a blatant violation of the human right to the safety of body and person as well as a violation of the right to fair trial. EOHR demands the immediate release of Ms. Wafa for fear of endangering her life.
On the 30th of September, 2009, Saudi Arabian authorities arrested Ms. Naglaa Yahya Wafa from her home after authorities raided her living place and confiscated all of her personal documents and belongings. Ms. Wafa was then transferred to a Criminal Court in Riyadh where she was denied legal representation. Ms. Wafa, who was found guilty on the 14th of June 2011 and sentenced to 5 years in prison and 500 strikes with a whip, was not permitted legal representation throughout 13 court sessions. As of May of 2012, Ms. Wafa has been subjected, on a weekly basis, to 50 floggings per week within the “Al-Malz” Prison. She currently faces 200 more floggings to resume after the month of Ramadan despite her suffering from distortions to her spine.
Mr. Hafez Abo Seada, President of EOHR, reaffirms, with a heavy heart, that what Ms. Wafa continues to face is an outright violation of her right to the safety of body and person, and a violation to her right to a fair trial – both of which have long since been enshrined by numerous international conventions. Mr. Seada, and the EOHR as a whole, urgently request that Egyptian diplomatic authorities address the violations carried out against Ms. Wafa and that, where possible, the Egyptian President, Pr. Morsi, work towards the immediate release of Ms. Wafa and the immediate halt of her continued flagellation.
In launching its campaign for the immediate release of Ms. Wafa, the EOHR also affirms its submission of a formal complaint to the United Nations as regards these blatant violations of international standards and treaties.
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