The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) submits a petition to the President requesting a presidential pardon for the Ithadiya protesters

January 1st, 2015 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) submitted a petition to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi demanding the release of the defendants in case no.8429 for the year 2014 known in the media as the Ithadiya Protests case for the sake of their future in accordance with article 155 of the constitution. The protesters were detained for holding a demonstration without a permit in the premises of the Ithadiya presidential palace on the 21st of June 2014. The protesters demanded the release of other youth who were arrested for violating the protest law, subversion of public property, Rioting, possession of arms, explosives and flammable materials, resisting the authorities, and assaulting the security forces; the number of defendants in this case is 23. The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court sentenced them to 3 years in Jail, and a 10,000 EGP fine. Later on the misdemeanor court of appeals accepted the defendants appeals of the verdict and sentenced them to 2 years in Jail, and 2 years of surveillance after their release. The EOHR reaffirmed in the petition that the verdict comes at a time where the right of assembly has become absolute and guaranteed by prior notification not by a permit. This is stipulated by the Egyptian constitution in its 73rd article that reads: “Citizens have the right to hold public congregations, parades, demonstrations and all forms of peaceful protests without carrying any sort of weapons with a prior notification in accordance with the law”. In addition to that, International treaties and conventions have guaranteed the right of protest, especially in article 21 of the International Covenant on civil and political rights, and article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Based on that the EOHR implores President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to implement the constitution including its 155th article that gives his Excellency the right to pardon any defendant who has received a final verdict. Seeing that those young people are still in their youth and for the sake of their future the EOHR beseeches his Excellency to pardon them and order their release.

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