EHOR demands protection of protests at Ministry of Culture

June 11th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses grave concern over the call by some Islamic parties to forcefully break up the protests held by intellectuals in front of the Ministry of Culture. The EOHR argues this call is a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of speech and expression and t­­­­­­­­­­he right to peaceful assembly. It calls on the President of the Republic and the Minister of Interior to assume their responsibilities and to intervene quickly in order to prevent such repressive practices.

On Tuesday, newspapers published the announcement of the rally by the National Salafist Party to break up the ‘siege of the ministry by intellectual protestors’ and to ‘enable Dr Alaa’ Abd Al-Aziz to enter his office’, whilst the Muslim Brotherhood demanded that the ‘protestors be held legally accountable’.  

The EOHR stresses its condemnation of such statements, as they represent a violation of the freedom of peaceful assembly guaranteed under the Egyptian Constitution and international treaties. EOHR calls on the President and the Ministry of the Interior to assume their responsibilities and achieve the necessary security and protection for all citizens, particularly peaceful protesters. It also calls on the Attorney General to urgently investigate such statements and to prosecute the perpetrators.

Hafez Abu Seada, head ­­of the EOHR, stressed that the assault on peaceful demonstrators is a violation of human rights, particularly the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. He emphasized that the revolution launched from Tahrir Square involved the peaceful expression of opinion, and added that after the revolution there is no place for repressive practices which hark back to the reign of the former regime.

Mr. Abu Seada called on President Muhammad Morsi and his government to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens of all backgrounds and political orientations in terms of respect for others’ opinions.

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