The Protest law and shocking verdicts The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the release of the imprisoned protesters of Tiran and Sanafir

May 15th, 2016 by Editor

The Protest law and shocking verdicts

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the release of the imprisoned protesters of Tiran and Sanafir

On Yesterday 14/5/2016, “ksr Al Nile” Misdemeanor court sentenced 51 of the protesters of the “Friday of land” -against the Egyptian-Saudi agreement concerning the delimitation of the maritime borders between both of them-   to 2 years in Prison. Also the forum no 21 specializing in terrorism verdicts sentenced 101 Activists to 5 years in prison and fined 79 of them by 100,000 EGP for each due to their participation in the same demonstration in Al Dokki and Al Agouza.

Those verdicts were issued out of the investigation warrant that included the charges such as roads blocking and sabotage of the public facilities which weren’t proven by the recorded videos of those demonstrations. The investigation warrant in different cases and places included the same charges and information which led to the invalidity of the issued verdict also the investigative evidences aren’t legally binding under the verdicts issued from the cessation court.

EOHR confirms the right to peaceful assembly that was mentioned in the universal declaration of human rights that states in Article 20A” Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association” Also the Article no.21 in the international covenant on political and civil rights/1966 states that” The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others “.

EOHR emphasized on the necessity of giving the opinion leaders a degree of democracy and freedom of expression and considering the international conventions on human rights -which guarantee the freedom of peaceful assembly- to be the cut-off point.

Consequently, EOHR calls on the president/ Abd Al Fatah Al Sisy and the government to release all the peaceful protesters that were arrested under the Egyptian law of protest. Moreover, EOHR calls on the Parliament to amend the protest law with accordance to Article no.73/constitution2014 and the international conventions on human rights.

On his part, Hafez Abu Seada-The president of EOHR- confirmed that the protest law by this way is considered to be clear restrictions to the freedom of peaceful assembly and a setback to the acquisitions of 25th Jan and 30th June revolutions that aimed at guaranteeing the human freedoms and rights; thus the protest law must be reviewed and amended particularly concerning the penalties applied to the peaceful protesters.

Furthermore, Abu seada stressed on the necessity of the intervention of the president/ Abd Al Fatah Al Sisy by granting the arrested protesters -under the protest law – presidential pardons and by enriching the societal dialogue and guaranteeing the citizens’ freedom of peaceful assembly to express different opinions. Notably that the other opinion leaders who supported the regime and the government weren’t arrested which weakening the principle of equality before the law that will damage the image of Egypt on the international legal level.




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