The Egyptian organization for human rights calls the President for the amnesty for Marriott cell

August 29th, 2015 by Editor

The Egyptian organization for human rights calls the President

 for the amnesty for Marriott cell

The Cairo Criminal Court has issued a verdict to al-Gazeera journalists for three years in the case called “Marriott cell”, and the innocence of the two, Khalid Abdul Rahman and Nora al-Banna and In this regard EOHR calls the President the amnesty for them.

The prosecution has accused them of joining to groups has been established against the provisions of the law, to disable the constitution and the law, prevent state institutions from exercising their work, assault on the personal freedom of citizens, harming the national unity and social peace, targeting of public facilities, and threaten the safety and security of society.

In this regard, EOHR Expresses its concern about the imprisonment sentence against journalists which conflict with the Egyptian Constitution and international covenants on human rights, and on its head the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in the Article (19) states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which stressed that “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, this right includes freedom to search for any kind of information or ideas, receive and impart regardless of frontiers, whether orally or in writing or in print.

The Egyptian government has ratified on these conventions, and thus become an integral part of its domestic law in accordance with Article 93 of the Egyptian Constitution.

“EOHR” calls the President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the enforcement of the Constitution, including the article “155”, which gives him the right to amnesty for the penalty when it become a final judgment and the amnesty for these journalists .

 

Mr. Hafez Abu Saada, the head of “EOHR” confirms that the referral of many journalists and media to the investigation threatens the freedom of opinion and expression.

Abu Saada stressed on the importance of a comprehensive review of the various laws relating to restrict media freedoms, and the Press and media’s right to access to information and publishing it, stressing that there are a lot of laws that restrict the work of the press and media and hinder the activation of the principle of the exchange of information, especially, the Penal Code still contains articles that Punish journalists, as well as the absence of a law for the circulation of information.

The head of EOHR asked for the need to work to amend the legislation restricting the freedom of opinion and expression and make it consistent with the international covenants on human rights, particularly in the light of the importance of freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the press after the revolutions of January 25 and June 30.

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