The Egyptian Union for Human Rights and transitional justice organizations is to monitor the coming parliamentary elections, and recommends the issuance of a new law for NGOs

December 11th, 2014 by Editor

On the 11th of December 2014, the executive committee of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights (EUHRTJ) and transitional justice organizations held a meeting. The committee’s members discussed the role of their organizations regarding the electoral process for the next parliamentary elections. The committee’s decision was that the EOHR will monitor the electoral process via the Egyptian Coalition for Monitoring Elections (ECME). Consequently, the union’s general assembly will hold a meeting to discuss related arrangements.

In addition, the committee discussed the urging need to issue a new law to regulate the work of civil work organizations. The union’s committee backed the bill suggested by the supreme committee of civil work. The draft law was issued by a decision of Dr. Ahmed El-Borai, former minister of social solidarity, under No. 164/ 2013 dated 30 \ 7 \ 2013.The enactment of the new bill is in accordance with the international agreements and covenants of human rights.

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) crisis was also discussed, as it announced the transfer of its regional and international programs outside Egypt in commemoration of the international day for human rights. CIHRS attributed its decision for the ongoing threats to human rights organizations working in Egypt, the declaration of war on civil society, and the mounting security pressure aimed at shutting out every independent, critical voice from the public sphere, as well as the erosion of the pillars of the rule of law and the constitution and the deterioration of human rights in the country to an unprecedented level in Egypt’s modern history.

 

The union regards such procedures as inconsistent with the right to form civil associations enshrined in international instruments and the constitution. Therefore, the union’s recommends opening a dialogue with human rights organizations working in Egypt and to work on removing those obstacles.

Hafez Abu Seada, the union’s head emphasized that civic associations and non-governmental organizations have an important role in achieving political, economic and social development and therefore, must operate freely within the framework of the law.Abu Seada requested immediate and effective steps to take place regarding CHRIS’ decision to transfer its activities. That is mainly, by commencing a dialogue with the Egyptian human rights organisations in order to help them overcome the difficulties they face.

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