The Egyptian Organization concludes the fifth workshop on how to eliminate the crime of torture in Egypt.

November 27th, 2013 by Editor

EOHR concluded the fifth workshop on Wednesday 27th November, 2013, which was planned to improve the skills of the Egyptian universities’ students, activists, and journalist in dealing with the crime of torture, in order to form a network of those interested in the file of torture in Egypt to contribute in the eradication of this phenomenon, which violates the basic human rights of the simple Egyptian citizen.

 

Noha Shehata, Researcher in EOHR, has initiated the second day of the workshop by speaking about the “role of press and media in facing the crime of torture”, stressing that the media is considered an advanced communication way in transferring the information to the recipients in the speed of sound, image, and the spiritual fun. Also those channels have created a case of political dialogue at all levels; political, economic, and social, which was reinforced by the fact that those channels came in different shapes, including opposing to the ruling political systems in some of the Arab countries, that has lead to the dialectic of the political dialogue and open horizons of expression at all levels.

Shehata has further added that the media played a key role in educating the people and providing the information on the different issues that arise in the political arena, thus forming a unified public opinion about a particular issue. Therefore the media plays an important role cannot be denied in the process of political socialization and the unification of perception, as well as its contribution in shaping the awareness and the public opinion in all the dimensions of the issues and allow the possibility of giving some solutions to those issues, that the media is the mirror of the people and at the same time it is a melting pot of creation the public opinion.

Shehata has further added that the satellite channels have become recently a substitute for the political parties and forces, which have abandoned their role, and with the growing importance of the channels role, the visual media and the civil society became the key candidates, despite the restrictions imposed on them, to adopt the same fundamental issues, and also those channels have managed to make us live with the political events moment by moment that we became at the site of the events witnessing the wars, and the brutal attacks, so we became more enthusiastic and aware.

She added that the growing satellite channels became the voice of the masses, that’s why it has the task of exposing the crimes of torture and the human rights violations, also it demands the activation of the role of the Egyptian media in promoting the message of human rights and support the value of freedom and equality, which are the needed contribution to the human rights as well as the media which is considered one on the human rights.

 

Mohamed El-Badwy, unit manager of the fieldwork in EOHR, spoke in the second session about “the role of the civil society in the combat of the crime of torture”, emphasizing that the civil society institutions   have a long and special history in the western political thought, that the civil society, in principle, can be described as entangled relationships between the members and the state, and this relationships based upon mutual interests, benefits, compromise, understanding, diversity, rights, duties, responsibilities, and accountability of the state at the necessity times. And from the procedural way, the fabric of these relationships shaped in voluntary social economic cultural institutions, constitute the basic rule that underpin the legitimacy of the state on the one hand, and a means of accountability if needed, on the other.

El-Badawy had further added that with the development of methods of torture, the civil society organizations develop as well; therefore these organization must take the initiative immediately to inform the investigators and urge the department of public prosecutions and the attorney general to carry out its legal role and report as soon as an incident of detention of accused or suspected citizen ,and prove the incident with all the possible means and also to follow up the proof of facts of the abuse and torture in the prosecution in order to prevent the change of course of the procedures upon the request of any intervention.

El-Badawy has put range of mechanisms to activate the role of civil society in the combat of the crime of torture by monitoring the extent of the commitment of the Egyptian government to the provisions of human rights conventions, mobilization of public opinion domestically and internationally, conducting awareness about the seriousness effects of the crime of torture and the use of cruelty to the citizens in order to form a mean of pressure on the authorities to stop the violations, and performing visits to the detention centers and prisons to call for amendments of the legislative structure.

Mr Tarek Zaghloul, executive director of EOHR, has delivered the certificates at the end of the session to the trainees, stressing that the lawyers and the journalists are the defenders of the human rights in accordance with the agreements and international conventions, therefore they must be familiar with how to deal with the crime of torture to defend the rights of the victims and face this crime by all means.

 

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