June 17th, 2013 by Editor
EOHR expresses its deep concern about the increase of crossfire between the different political forces in the country. On June 16, 2013, these exchanges of gunfire led to clashes in the region of Fayoum, around the squares El Sawaki and El Hawatem. The final result is 38 injured.
These clashes happened between, on one side, the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Freedom and Justice and several Islamic forces and, on the other, members of the rebellion campaign which were collecting signatures for withdrawing confidence from the President Mohamed Morsi.
EOHR stresses the importance of the right to pacifically demonstrate in accordance to the international agreements about human rights; especially article no. 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and article no. 20 of the Declaration on the progress and development in the social field, released by the General Assembly of the UN in December 1969. Demonstrations and sit-ins are a legitimate right to citizens, constitutionally and legally. This right is irreversible and should not be reduce; however it should be practiced respecting some standards and regulations as all over the world. These rules are to not disrupt the public services and the daily private interests of citizens.
EOHR calls for an immediate and urgent investigation on the circumstances of the Fayoum incidents in order to find out the outbreak factors of such events. EOHR calls for temperance from all the political forces and for the respect of each other despite of the ideological and political differences.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, reaffirmed his condemnation of the acts of violence and vandalism which happened in Fayoum. He stressed on the necessity to deal positively with the different issues at all levels. It has to be solved in a democratic way, based on equity and respect for human rights, avoiding partisanship and favoritism which lead to the country’s fragmentation and into a dark tunnel.
Mr. Abu Seada affirmed that the right to demonstrate peacefully is the recognition of the freedom of political expression and it establishes traditions for a new life far away from repression. This comes with time in a context of civilized respect for the rights of others to express their views freely without any assault. All together, the people of this country, we must accept the idea of others, renounce violence and refuse extremism, whatever its name.
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