November 30th, 2013 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights expresses its deep concern about the arrest of the protestors in front of El-Shoura Council, the demonstration was calling for the non-appliance of the demonstration law on the peaceful demonstrations, and for this law to be applied only on the violence demonstrations according to the international conventions on Human Rights with regard to the freedom of opinion, expression, and demonstrate.
Some of the political forces organized this demonstration on Monday 25th November, in front of El-Shura Council demanding the abolish of the military trials on civilians, where the security forces separated the protestors and arrested some of them, some of the arrested protestors were evacuated and 24 protestors are still being held, in addition Alaa Abd El-Fattah and Ahmed Maher were arrested and the prosecutor decided to held them till Sunday when the inquiries will be received.
EOHR emphasize the freedom of any peaceful assembly and the expression of opinion in a peaceful manner is a right guaranteed by the international charters and conventions, such as Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, issued in 1966 which stated that “the right to peaceful assembly is recognized and no restrictions will be imposed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society for the maintenance of national security, public safety, public order, and the protection of public health, morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others,” and Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “ everyone has the right to participate freely in any peaceful assembly or association .”
EOHR has previously affirmed that if the demonstration law will be issued on this way, it will only narrow the right of the citizens to demonstrate peacefully and also it will act as a rebound on the gains of both of the revolutions, which erupted to ensure that the rights and freedoms of the citizens are being respected.
Accordingly EOHR stresses on the importance of that right, but at the same time it emphasizes the importance of the exercise of this right away from the violence and bloodshed in order to preserve the country from the consequences of this violence.
In this regard, EOHR demanded the immediate release of all protesters arrested in demonstrations events of EL-Shura Council.
From his side, Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, has emphasized that the current demonstration law contrasted the international obligations and agreements signed by Egypt, which stipulates that the right to demonstrate is guaranteed for all.
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