Organization renews its demands for all political forces to protect freedoms in order to preserve the nation

July 5th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern about development of the political scene as witnessed by the country today 07, July, 2013.  Violence spread in different parts of the country, resulting in the death of 17 people and leaving more than 270 injured. The demonstrations were far from peaceful and violence became the primary instigator of the protests regarding the isolation of Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi Ayat.

EOHR emphasizes that the armed forces’ decision in removing Mohamed Morsi from office was only an action in response to popular demands of millions of the Egyptian people who protested to withdraw confidence from him. EOHR believe that the armed forces decision came out of the need to ensure the national security of the country. The decision does not count as a military coup d’état in any way.

EOHR emphasizes the importance of internal unity in these critical conditions, and stresses on the importance peace in demonstrations and expression of opinion.  

It also condemns some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood for encouraging their followers in martyrdom, as it falsely implies that the country is in a state of war. We are at a point in history that requires everyone to compromise and succumb to the will of the people. Such statements are noncompliant with law, and they dispute the will of the masses that came out to demand change of the economic, social and political circumstances in which we lived over the past year.

Mr. Hafez Abu Saada, head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights called for the right to demonstrate peacefully as one of the most fundamental human rights, condemning the acts of violence that have occurred in recent days, regardless of their origin.

Mr. Abu Saada called all Egyptian political leaders put an end to the violence to avoid recurrence of such incidents to move forward in building the nascent Egyptian democracy. He urged for a judicial investigation of these incidents that would bring those responsible for the attacks, which defy the principles of human rights, to justice.

He also stressed that the June 30 uprising came from people responding to the movement “Tamarod” which managed to collect more than 20 million signatures to withdraw confidence from Dr. Morsi. These millions were in the streets in various governorates of Egypt demanding the resignation of the regime and called electoral and political democracy.

Mr. Abu Saada also called for a new constitution for the country that would engage all its political forces.

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