The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) welcomes the release of a number of activists and calls for the release of the other prisoners charged with demonstration cases

August 28th, 2016 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) welcomes the release of a number of activists and calls for the release of the other prisoners charged with demonstration cases

On Thursday 25/08/2016 the judge of appeal/ Shubra Al Khema Court upheld the release of the lawyer and human right defender Malek  Adly   after accepting the appeal submitted by him concerning the decision of police custody, 15 days, on the charge of Dissemination of false news on Tiran and Sanafir or the Red sea islands case that might disrupt public order, attempting to disturb the security of state and attempting to overthrow the Constitution along with the ruling government,  being art of the associations aims at hindering the implementation of the country’s Constitution and legislation.

Moreover, on Sunday 28/08/2016 the judge of appeal in the same court accepted the appeal submitted by Amr Badr concerning the decision of police custody, 15 days, on the charge of Dissemination of false news that will lead to overthrow the ruling system and he was released on bail 5000 EGP.

In this context, EOHR calls for a quick release for all the arrested protestors especially those who participated in the Friday of land such as Hesham Gafer and Mahmoud Al Saqa.

Additionally, EOHR calls upon the Egyptian parliament to amend the law organizing demonstration to allow the freedom of demonstration and peaceful assembly guaranteed under the international covenant on human rights and the Egyptian constitution Article 73.

Therefore, EOHR confirms that the right of demonstration and peaceful assembly is guaranteed under the  international covenant on human rights and the Egyptian constitution Article 73 which stated  that “Citizens have the right to organize public meetings, marches, demonstrations and all forms  of  peaceful  protest,  while  not  carrying  weapons  of  any  type,  upon  providing notification as regulated by law. The  right  to  peaceful,  private  meetings  is  guaranteed,  without  the  need  for  prior notification.   Security   forces   may   not   to   attend,   monitor   or   eavesdrop   on   such gatherings”[1] in addition to the international covenants ratified by Egypt such as Article 21/ ICCPR, Article 11/ the universal declaration on human rights and Article 11/ the European convention for human rights.

Consequently, EOHR calls for the necessity of a quick amendment to the Act no. 107/2013 which aimed at regulating peaceful protests and public meetings also known as the Anti-protest law “as it restricts the citizens’ right of peaceful demonstration.

On his part, Hafez Abu Seada –President of EOHR- confirmed that the step of releasing the protestors in the demonstration cases will open up possibilities of dialogue with those activists. The government should pursue a policy of open, inclusive dialogue allowing for the establishment of real national reconciliation instead of using the penalty of detention.

Furthermore, Abu Seada added that the legislation which imposes penalties involving imprisonment on the fundamental citizens’ rights should be amended because of being incompatible with the international covenants on human rights and the Egyptian constitution.



[1] Constitution 2014 (Egypt): Article 73.

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