On the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights EOHR implores Egypt’s government to respect and uphold human rights in their entirety

December 11th, 2017 by Editor

On the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

EOHR implores Egypt’s government to respect and uphold human rights in their entirety

 On the 10th of December of every year the world celebrates the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN General Assembly issued the declaration on the 10th of December 1948 by that cementing the core foundations of international human rights law, and establishing the universality of the principles of human rights.

On Human Rights Day the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reaffirms that human rights are the core foundation of any democratic system worldwide, as the principles of human rights guarantee every individual the rights to security and life as well as basic freedoms such as freedom of expression, faith and political participation/orientation.

EOHR implores the government of Egypt to respect and uphold human rights through legal reforms in accordance with international human rights law. These reforms should include the recent oppressive NGO legislation that does not comply with the right to association stipulated by international human rights law. EOHR also urges the Egyptian authorities to shut all investigations under case 173 that prosecutes civil society activists for exercising rights guaranteed by international law.

EOHR calls upon the Government of Egypt to amend the recent counterterrorism law that clearly violates basic freedoms and guarantees of justice. EOHR also stresses the importance of amending the penal code in accordance with international human rights treaties and the importance of respecting and upholding the rights of women.

EOHR finally underlines the fact that President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize a unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and move the US embassy to the disputed city violates the rights of Palestinians to self-determination which is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration. The US president’s decision also violates UN resolutions 194, 181 and 242.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stressed that human rights are the main prerequisite for a functioning democratic system and urged the Egyptian government to respect those rights.

Abu Seada added that all Egyptian laws and legislations that contradict international human rights law should either be amended or replaced so that necessary environment that respects human rights can be provided.

 

 

 

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