The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) demands the solidification of regulations for the use of force by Policemen

January 6th, 2015 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its strong condemnation of the shooting of Egyptian Citizens, Ahmed Said Abdel Hakim (25 years), and his brother Mohamed (23) by policemen in the city of Suez which led to their death.

The Officer accused of killing them said that the two young men were riding a motorbike without license plates near the Arab Al Maamal suburb on the 5th of January 2015. He also added that he chased them after refusing to stop after receiving an order to do so by the police patrol, and that he and his colleague fired shots in the air towards them after they refused to stop. The Prosecution ordered the confiscation of the officers firearms, and sent them to the coroner’s office to examine them, and see whether the victims were killed by the officers firearms.

EOHR believes that the use of force by police personnel has certain regulations and standards stipulated by International human rights treaties and conventions, among them is the basic principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement that were issued by the UN congress on crime prevention in 1990. In its 3rd article it stipulates that Law Enforcers should only use force when its an extreme necessity, and that they should only use it within the boundaries of fulfilling their duties.

Therefor the EOHR sees that the shooting of citizens by policemen is in total contradiction with International Human Rights treaties and conventions, as well as the Egyptian constitution which grants every citizen the right to life.

On his part, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights affirmed that the shooting of citizens in Suez is a violation of human rights that were stressedby International human rights treaties and conventions. Abu Seada also demanded that the state should make pact of professional conduct for policemen regarding their interaction with civilians, so that they differentiate between criminals and ordinary citizen. He also added that police personnel should deal with citizens in accordance with related International conventions in this context so that the rights and freedoms of the ordinary citizen are achieved and guaranteed, and among them is the right to life and personal security.

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