EOHR demands the formation of an independent commission to investigate the violent incidents that took place yesterday.

October 7th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses its deep concern regarding the violence that took place yesterday, 6 October 2013 during the celebrations of the glorious fortieth anniversary of October victory. According to the Ministry of Health, those violent incidents resulted in a death toll of 54 and 271 injuries. EOHR offers condolences to the families of the victims.

Different parts of the country have witnessed, during the celebrations of the 6th of October victory yesterday, the eruption of violence between supporters of the ousted President from one side and the police and citizens on the other, resulting in the deaths of some citizens mostly from Cairo and Giza, in addition to deaths in Al- Minya and Beni Suef.

 

The Ministry of Interior has announced in a statement that groups, belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, have made some disturbances and fomented riots in scattered areas, encroached upon several cars, set the Dokki Traffic Office on fire, and used gunshots and cartridges immensely; this prompted the police to deal with the situation, and to enforce its security control. This resulted in seizing some perpetrators of those events, as well as arresting some MB supporters in possession of hand grenades and primitive explosives inside some bags during the Faculty of Agriculture metro station clashes.

EOHR affirms the freedom of assembly and freedom of expression in a peaceful manner , which are guaranteed by international conventions and agreements on human rights , including Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which states that ” The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized, and may be placed by restrictions on the exercise of this right, other than those imposed in accordance with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society, for the maintenance of national security or public safety, public order or the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others “, and Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that ” every person has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. ”

 

Accordingly, the Organization stresses on the importance of this right, only if it’s the exercised without violence, vandalism and destruction. At the same time, EOHR condemns the occurrence of deaths among the demonstrators, and stresses the importance of dealing peacefully with demonstrators to prevent deaths. Hence, the Organization demands a prompt investigation the death incidents of those citizens.

 

From his side, Hafez Abu Saada, President of EOHR, confirmed that the occurrence of deaths amongst demonstrators is very dangerous, and he stressed that the demonstrations of MB supporters had to be dealt with in a firm and lawful way through arresting the perpetrators and presenting them to justice, in order to work according to the principle of the supremacy of the law.

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