December 22nd, 2013 by Editor
Abdeen Misdemeanor’s Court issued, on Sunday, rule to imprison the activists; Ahmed Doma, Mohamed Adel, and Ahmed Maher 3 years in Jail and fined each of them 50 thousand pounds, on the background of Abdeen Court demonstration events.
This incident happened last month, when Ahmed Maher went to Abdeen Court to hand himself over to Kasr El-Nile’s prosecution, after the order was issued with regard to the Shura Council events, at that time some members belong to April 6 movement tried to ally with him and attend the investigations in the prosecution office, but the security forces confronted them which resulted in some clashes, and the prosecution ordered at that time the imprisonment of Doma and Maher 4 days, and bringing them to trial , and also issued an order to bring Mohamed Adel to justice.
The prosecution charged them with the participation in organizing a demonstration without notifying the competent authorities in advance, which is considered a violation to the law regulating the right to arrange public meetings, processions, and peaceful demonstrations; known as demonstrations law, and also charged them with the use of violence towards the public servants, whom are the security forces of Abdeen court, disruption of the transportation means, bullying, and destruction of the belongings of an adjacent café to the court.
EOHR emphasizes the freedom of peaceful assemble and the expression of opinion in a peaceful manner, which is a right guaranteed by the international charters and conventions, Such as Article 21 of the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966, and Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
EOHR has previously confirmed that the demonstration law in this way will only narrow the clear right of the citizens to demonstrate peacefully and rebound the gains of the 25th January and the 30th June revolutions, which ensured the rights and freedoms of the citizens.
Accordingly EOHR stresses on the importance of this right, but at the same time emphasize on the importance of the exercise of this right apart from the usage of any violence in order to preserve the country from the consequences of this violence.
From his side, Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, has emphasized that this provision contains a fault in applying the law, and it is subjected to be appealed or amended since the demonstration law punish by fines only if the person demonstrates without permission.
He also added that the imprisonment of the activists because of their opinions and political views is very critical point in the history of the Egyptian state, and the 25th Jan. revolution which was followed by the 30th June revolution erupted to abolish the continuation of the same approach and policies.
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