The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) is calling for an immediate release to the protesters of 25th of April

April 26th, 2016 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) is calling for an immediate release to the protesters of 25th of April

EOHR expresses its deep concern regarding the continuation of restricting and arresting the peaceful protesters that participated in the peaceful demonstration erupted in the Egyptian different governorates on the last Monday 25/4/2015.As the Egyptian police arrested number of the protesters participated in the demonstrations against the demarcation of maritime borders convention between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Accordingly, EOHR calls for an immediate release to all the arrested protesters in conformity with the Egyptian constitution and the international conventions on human rights which guaranteed the right of peaceful assembly and the right of participating in public meetings [Article no. 73 the Egyptian constitution and article no.21 of the international covenant on the civil and political rights].the same should be considered with the right of expression as it’s a part embodied in the right of assembly[Article no. 47/Egyptian constitution and Article no.19/Universal declaration on human rights and Article no.19/the international covenant on political and civil rights].

Notably that the civil actors held demonstrations yesterday against the demarcation of borders between Saudi Arabia and Egypt which resulted in the transition of the legal sovereignty of both islands –Tiran And Sanafir-from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and also against the restriction campaign on the political activists.

In this context, EOHR confirms that the security tendencies of restricting the public rights and freedoms and curb their opinions will affect the state of freedom of expression and the individual security –that were guaranteed under the constitution and the international conventions on human rights-negatively.

Consequently, EOHR calls for an immediate release to all the activists that were arrested due to expressing their opinions and participating in peaceful demonstrations. Moreover, EOHR calls for a legal amendment to the Egyptian protest law no.107/2013 that restricted the citizens’ rights of peaceful assembly as a practice to their freedom of expression.

On his part, Hafez Abu Seada –president of EOHR- confirmed that the Egyptian protest law is contrary to the international obligations derived from the international conventions signed by Egypt and is contradicting with the Egyptian constitution too that guaranteed the right to demonstrate peacefully which prove the contradiction between the mentioned law and the Egyptian constitution.

Abu seada added the Egyptian protest law by this form is considered to be a clear restriction to the citizens’ right to demonstrate peacefully and will represent a relapse to the acquisitions gained from the 25th Jan and 30th June revolutions which called for citizens’ rights and freedoms.

 

 

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