EOHR Deploring prevent “Qandil” of travel to Jordan and demanding the Egyptian government the review of the legislation that prevents the right to move

August 8th, 2015 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights condemns prevent Abdel-Halim Qandil, the Journalist and the editor of Sawt al-Umma newspaper, of travel on Saturday morning, August 8 2015 to Amman for  participation in the forum that will be held in Amman this evening.

The Cairo International Airport authorities prevented Qandil to ride the Egypt Air plane No. 719, which left Cairo Airport at eight o’clock in the morning to attend the Forum to deliver a speech about the former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, and that after issuance an earlier decision preventing him from traveling on the basis of the case that related to insulting the judiciary, even though the court had issued a provision in November 23, 2014 to cancel prevention him from traveling in this case.

In this context, “EOHR” emphasizes that the right to move  is a basic human rights confirmed by the international conventions on human rights, particularly Article Twelve of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that :-

  • Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence.
  • Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own.
  • The above-mentioned rights shall not be subject to any restrictions except those which are provided by law, are necessary to protect national security, public order (ordre public), public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others, and are consistent with the other rights recognized in the present Covenant.
  • No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.

“EOHR” also expresses its full condemnation to prevent any Egyptian citizen from traveling except in the cases provided for in the Code of Criminal Procedure, because this right is considered a fundamental human right.

For his part, Hafez Abu Saada the president of “EOHR”, confirmed that the right to move is considered one of the fundamental rights of human and we can’t do without it in any way, So it is not acceptable to prevent any citizen from traveling except under a court ruling shows the real reasons for the travel ban.

Abu Saada asked for the amendment of the legislative structure that put many restrictions on the human right to move, and Cancel the decision of the Minister of the Interior N.1214 for the year 1994 which regulates the ban lists, which authorized to administrative bodies non-judicial, the right of the inclusion of persons on the lists of banned from traveling without court order and without the support of law.

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