El-Mansheya Misdemeanors court issued prison sentence to seven members of the 6th of April movement for violating the demonstration law.

January 2nd, 2014 by Editor

El-Manshya Misdemeanor court in Alexandria issued on Thursday its rule of 2 years prison and a fine of 50 thousand pounds on 7 members of the 6th of April movement, accused of violating the demonstration law, and that’s after the stepping down of the judge last week for feeling embarrassed to continue in this case.

The investigation police forces arrested Loay El-kahwgy, the poet Omar Hafez, Nasser Abu-Hamd, and Islam Mohamdeen, during the session of the Alexandrian criminal court, to look into the case of the accused in the killing incident of Khaled Said, the prosecutor ordered the seizure and the bringing of the activists; Hassan Mustafa, Mahinur El-Masrt, and Musa Hussien with charges of violating the demonstration law , and the case was referred to El-Manshya misdemeanors court after the embarrassment by the department.

The organization emphasizes on the freedom of the peaceful assembly and the expression of opinion, which is the right guaranteed by the international charters and convention, including Article 21 of the international covenant on civil and political rights in 1966, and Article 20 in the universal declaration for 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 it is considered as a rebound on the gains of the revolutions, which erupted to ensure the rights and freedoms of the citizens.

Accordingly, EOHR stresses on the importance of this right, but at the same time it emphasizes on the importance of exercising this right away from violence and bloodshed 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President of EOHR, has emphasized that this provision is faulty in the application of law and it is subjected to be repealed, or amended especially since the law punishes only by fines the demonstrations without permission.

He further added that the imprisonment of the activists because of their political views is considered as a critical turn in the history of the Egyptian state, that the revolutions of 25th Jan and 30th June came to put an end to that approach and policies.


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