May 31st, 2013 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns the detention of Dr. Yasser Burhami, deputy head of the Salafist Network, by Burj El Arab Airport authorities as a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of movement guaranteed under the Constitution and international covenants on human rights.
Sheikh Yasser Burhami, vice president of Salafist Network, was surprised to find his name on the observing list after arriving from Saudi Arabia at Burj Al Arab airport in Alexandria; he was consequently detained by the airport authorities for a long period. This is not the first time activists and dissidents have been detained upon their return from abroad; previous detainees include Dr. Emad Gad, writer and journalist Amina Shafiq, and human rights activist Mohammad Zara.
EOHR stressed that the detention of opponents is a flagrant violation of the right to liberty and personal safety and the right to freedom of movement. These rights are guaranteed under the Constitution and the international covenants on human rights as ratified by Egypt, which have since became binding laws that prohibit both the suppression of opponents and the return to a police state.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, head of EOHR, declared that the right to freedom of movement is one of the most basic human rights guaranteed under the international covenants on human rights. He demanded that all restrictions on citizens’ rights to freedom of movement are lifted and called for a refinement of the legal system, in accordance with the international conventions ratified by the Egyptian government. He also stressed that the legislature has elevated the legal status of the right to travel and movement, which are aspects of personal liberty. From both a legal and constitutional standpoint, these rights cannot be subjected to prejudice without justification from an authorized agent.
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