EOHR Condemns the Killing of Egyptian Fishermen in Tunisia’s Territorial Waters

September 5th, 2012 by Editor

EOHR condemns the recent shooting of an Egyptian civilian fishing boat in Tunisian territorial waters.  The incident left two Egyptian citizens dead, and two more members of the “Kareem and Abdullah” fishing crew critically injured.  On behalf of the families of those injured and killed, EOHR requests that those families be duly compensated for their grievances. 

            In this regard, EOHR reiterates that the targeting, and attack, of Egyptian civilian boats is in violation of the 1985 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a violation of international humanitarian law, international human rights, and in particular a violation of the individual’s right to personal safety and his or her right to earn a living.  This incident stands in violation of Article III of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and Article VI of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Tunisia is a signatory party.

            Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, EOHR Chairman, stated that it is of the utmost importance that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry take the appropriate responsibility as regards the occurrence of this incident and that protection should be extended to Egyptian citizens wherever they are, and under any and all circumstances.  Mr. Abu Seada reiterates that, as concerns the Egyptian Government, the lives of Egyptian citizens must always be of utmost importance.

            Mr. Abu Seada also requests that all of the appropriate measures and procedures be taken to ensure the life and safety of the remaining crew members, and that the Egyptian authorities effectively communicate their concerns to the Tunisian authorities and request that they take the necessary steps in resolving the matter and returning the remaining crew members safely to Egypt.

 

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