A plea for the president: EOHR demands the release of the “Ithadiya” activists

December 29th, 2014 by Editor

The Misdemeanor Appellant court has released its verdict regarding the case of the Ithadiya protesters on the 28th of December 2014[1]. The court accepted the appeals of the 23 defendants and sentenced them to 2 years in Jail and 2 years of surveillance after they serve their sentence. The verdict came to replace the last one which gave the defendants 3 years in Jail and 10,000 EGP fine. 

The defendants were arrested for protesting without a permit in the perimeter of the Ithadiya presidential palace in Heliopolis, Cairo on the 21st of June 2014, and they were protesting for the release of people detained because of the protest law. The General prosecution charged the defendants with violating the protest law, instigating riots, ravaging public and private property, possession of arms, explosive and flammable materials, resisting the authorities, and assaulting the security forces.

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) respects Judicial rulings, however we urge President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to pardon the defendants and drop all charges on them based on their rights to freedom of expression and those rights are guaranteed by the constitution in articles 65 and 73. The rulings of the Administrative courts reaffirmed these rights.

EOHR again demands the amending of the current protest law that jags the right of peaceful assembly that is guaranteed by international human rights treaties and conventions. The organization insists that this law pushes Egypt back to the pre 25th of revolution period, and that the right of peaceful assembly has to be observed and respected.

On his part, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of the Egyptian Organization said that the current protest law leads to a serious violation of the right of peaceful assembly because of the restrictions it places on demonstrations. It forces organizers of demonstrations to inform the authorities 3 days in advance and to state the goals and slogans of the protest and if the ministry of Interior objects then the protesters have to go to court. Abu Seada added that the law punishes protesters without a permit with penalties ranging from fines to prison sentences.

Abu Seada demanded that the protest law be compatible with international human rights law, so that the civil and political rights of the Egyptian citizen are guaranteed. He also added that the Egyptian people created two revolutions for their basic rights and that there is no going back.

 



[1] Ithadiya presidential palace in Heliopolis is where the Egyptian president staying and holding his meetings.

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