On the Commemoration of the International Day for the Human Rights The Egyptian Organization for the Human Rights claims the government to elaborate reform procedures to improve the human rights record

December 9th, 2014 by Editor

On the 66th commemoration of the Universal Declaration for the Human Rights issued on 10th of December 1948, the Egyptian Organization for the Human Rights (EOHR) is renewing its claims in order to revise the current laws in force in Egypt, and then amending it with the related international agreements and treaties, based on the principles of the International Bill for the Human Rights.


Bearing in mind that the Universal Declaration for the Human Rights is one of the principal documents for the human rights, which was adopted by the United Nations, which occupying an important position in the international law with the Special Covenant of both Civil and Political Rights and the Special Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, whereas all the 3 documents are forming together the International Bill of Rights.


Despite the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights considers being adhered with its principles is a moral commitment, however the international agreements issued and legalized by the United Nations are considered the main recourses for the International Law for Human Rights.


Whereas the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights represents vibrant document for life, especially after being recognized internationally that all humans are enjoying human rights and fundamental liberties.


And between the celebrations of both civil society and human rights organizations all-over the world concerning this great day, therefore, EOHR claims to adopt seriously draft project for proposed Legislative reform that satisfy our peoples’ needs represented in human dignity, the right of life, freedom of expression and proper standard of living and human dignity according to the latest Egyptian Constitution issued on 2014.


As well as EOHR claims, in this regard, for adopting the following:-


1-      The necessity to issue a special law for transitional justice, activation of transitional justice program, verification of corruption and accountability cases and not to run-away from punishment.


2-      Endorsing UPR’s recommendations of Human Rights Council through the next (4) four years.


3-      Enforcing all of independence of judiciary, fair trials and right of defense.


4-      To free the detained students and revolutionists, who are not indicted in violence according to the initiative released by EOHR, which has been presented to the Public Prosecutor.


5-      To stop all the escalating procedures against the civil society, especial the human rights organizations, and adopting the draft law submitted by Higher Committee of the Civil Work, issued by a decision of Dr. Ahmed Al-Borai the Ex-Minister of Social Solidarity under No. 164/ 2013 dated 30/07/2013, which made such draft law in accordance with International agreements and covenants of the human rights.


6-      To stop the defamation campaigns against human rights and civil society organizations.


7-      Whereas EOHR is assuring the liberty of the peaceful assemblyand the freedom of expression peacefully, the right which supported by international agreements and covenants, including (Art 21) of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights issued in 1966, which provides that “the right of peaceful assembly is recognized and it is prohibited to put restrictions on practicing such this right, except the restrictions imposed by the law and represents necessary measures in democratic society to protect national security, public security, public order, public health, public ethics or protecting the others rights and liberties”.


As well as (Art 20) of the Universal Declaration for the Human Rights, which provides that “each person has the right of freedom of participation in peaceful assemblies and associations”.


Whereas EOHR stresses that the Demonstration Law, in this content and form, is considered as an evident tightening on the citizens’ right in peaceful demonstration, as well as a backward from the gains acquired by both Jan. 25th and Jun. 30th revolutions that based on supporting rights and public liberties for citizens.


Thus EOHR claims the Egyptian government to revise and amend this law specially the parts concerning strict punishments towards the peaceful protesters, and in this regard EOHR claims to stop the execution of the punishments until ending up revision and amendment of demonstration law.


Whereas Mr. Hafez Abuseadafrom his side, as the chairman of EOHR, assured that the human rights are universal rights existed for the whole humanity and not related to specific place and time, as well as we should work to develop the citizen’s culture and make him recognize his rights listed in the Universal Declaration for the Human Rights through revealing, distributing, reading and explaining it in schools and educational institutes, as the Universal Declaration for the Human Rights gave meaning to humans’ expectations especially in dignity and freedom.





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