August 21st, 2014 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns the murder of the American journalist James Foley at the hands of the terrorist organization “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, known as ISIS. It also condemns other crimes committed by theterrorist organization as the kidnapping, intimidation and murder of the innocent civilians, which is considered a violation of all human rights and international charters, including the main one, to wit the 1977 European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism and the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, signed in New York in December 1979.
ISIS had already diffused a video footage on Tuesday 19 August 2014, announcing the decision to execute the American journalist James Foley who had disappeared in the Northwest of Syria since 2012 and showing the American journalist Stephen Sutlov who disappeared in Lybia in August 2013. A representative of the terrorist organization declared that Sutlov’s life is linked to the next decisions of President Barack Obama. Another American journalist, Austin Tice, had disappeared somewhere outside Damascus in August 2012, but it is unknown if he was held hostage by ISIS.
The execution of the American journalist has been internationally condemned, as well as all the crimes against humanity committed by the terrorist organization. EOHR strongly deprecates ISIS hideous crimes including genocide, displacement of religious minorities and kidnapping of women, which are contrary to all religious values, have no relation with Islam, and violate all the international charters and norms. EOHR also condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, demanding for the quick adoption of procedures in order to prevent and combat it on a national, regional and international level.
Moreover, EOHR reaffirms the necessity to implement all the decisions of the General Assembly and the Security Council relevant to the measures aiming at eliminating international terrorism and to the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Hafez Abo Saada, president of the Egyptian Organization, condemns ISIS execution of the American journalist, strongly deprecating the crimes committed by the terrorist organization, including the murder of civilians both Iraqis and foreigners, which is considered a crime against humanity and is totally unacceptable and unjustified.
Furthermore Abo Saada clarified that terrorist acts and practices in all their forms and manifestations are activities aiming at undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms and threatening the territorial integrity and security of the states. He also emphasized the necessity to fight terrorism as a world phenomenon, calling the international community to act resolutely against ISIS daily violationsand to implement the decisions of the Security Council relevant to terrorism in general, taking into account the danger represented by terrorist organizations like ISIS, that aim at undermining the international community, do not recognize legal legitimacy and made of religion a reason of human hatred and hostility.
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