EOHR holds a press conference to present the report “Raba’a and Al-Nahda sit-ins between the right to demonstrate peacefully and the rights of the local residents”

August 5th, 2013 by Editor

the Egyptian organization for human rights is holding a press conference next Wednesday 7/8/2013 to present the report “Raba’a and Al-Nahda sit-ins between the right to demonstrate peacefully and the rights of the local population” promptly at Noon in the Organization’s Headquarter. This report was made to tackle the amount of violations associated with the torture of the citizens inside “Raba’a Al Adawiya” and “Al-Nahda Square” sit-ins, as well as the collective punishment for the residents of “Raba’a Al-Aadawya” and “Byn Al-Sarayat” and their deprivation of the right of privacy. This report also tackles incidents of citizens’ kidnap and the utilization of children as human shields, which represent a blatant challenge to the international law and the Egyptian statutes that guarantee the right of peaceful demonstration and assembly without trespassing the rights and freedoms of fellow Egyptian citizens, thus it’s vital that these violations with the assertion of the sanctity of the Egyptian blood.

From his side, Mr. Hafez Abo Saeda , EOHR President, asserted that the right of peaceful assembly is a strong indicator of Democracy; as it’s correlated with other political rights like the freedom of speech, the freedom to participate in the management of the public opinion, the freedom of information circulation, etc. Hence, international covenants on human rights, and most of the world’s constitutions referred explicitly to the right of peaceful assembly and demonstration. On the other hand, Mr. Saeda, stressed that the protests should not encroach upon the rights and freedoms of the other citizens like the right of the inviolability of the private lives of “Raba’a Al-Adawya” residents.

MR. Saeda, added that the right of peaceful assembly and demonstration is not absolute in the international covenants; as it has some restrictions aiming at the protection of national security, the public order, public health, rights and freedoms of the others, and public manners. Thus, each and every society put the suitable restrictions provided that these restrictions should fulfill the aforementioned conditions related to the right of peaceful assembly and demonstration, and that these restrictions should protect the interests covered in article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

At the end, the report presented some recommendations to the various parties for the sake of protecting public rights and freedoms, and addressing the human rights’ violations that occurred recently in “Raba’a” and “Al-Nahda” squares.

 

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