EOHR and NCHR hold an information meeting at OHCHR in Geneva

November 5th, 2014 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) held an information meeting last Tuesday in Geneva, at Palais des Nations (Room XXV) from 1.30 to 3.30 pm, in cooperation with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), on the occasion of the Egyptian review at UPR. The meeting, which dealt with “Counterterrorism and assurance of human rights protection”, was headed by Mr Hafez Abo Seada, president of EOHR and saw the participation of the following speakers:

  • Mrs Tomader Gohar, president of “Citizens for peace building”;
  • Mrs Mona Zolfaqar, lawyer and member of NCHR;
  • Mr Ehab Yousef, president of “People and Police for Egypt”;
  • Ambassador Mohamed ElOraby, ex Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt;
  • Dr Kamal ElHelbawy, member of NCHR.

The meeting dealt with four main themes:

  • Protecting human rights during the arrest and the investigation procedures and avoiding the misuse of preventive detention;
  • Assuring fair trial before the civil court;
  • Assuring freedom of opinion and expression;
  • The effect of terrorist acts on democratization and rule of law.

Abo Seada asserted that there are various laws that the government shall amend in order to implement the Egyptian constitution, that includes articles relevant to fundamental rights. We also need a new NGOs law which promotes the right to establish organizations without constraints, along with the amendment of the present demonstration law, especially because the Constitutional Court has seriously challenged some articles. He also stressed that it is important to release those remand prisoners who have not been involved in the commitment of any violent crime, and to defend and promote human rights and freedom of expression in Egypt. Abo Seada also added that combating terrorism is a task of the Egyptian government and we have to protect rights and fundamental freedoms.

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