EOHR calls on the Public Prosecutor to release detained activists

August 1st, 2018 by Editor


EOHR calls on the Public Prosecutor to release detained activists

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reiterates its initiative demanding the release of detainees cases relating to freedom opinion and expression in an effort to help uphold the constitution and International human rights law.
EOHR notes that it has submitted several lists to the committee formed and charged by the President El Sisi to review the cases of young detainees. The lists include a number of detainees on trial.
In this regard, EOHR will submit a petition to the public prosecutor, which includes a list of all of those detained pending trial for exercising their right to freedom of expression including but not limited to (Wael Abbas, Dr. Hazem Abdel Azim, Haitham Mohammadin, Shadi Abu Zeid , Dr. Shadi Ghazali Harb, Hassan Hussein).
EOHR asserts that the pre-trial detention is a right of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, as long as it is used to achieve justice and the preserve investigations from any external influences and thus prolonging the period of detention after the end of investigations is considered a penalty without a judicial ruling.
EOHR stresses that the amendment of the law issued by former acting president Adly Mansour in 2013 is a grave violation of human rights, where preventive detention is transformed from a precautionary measure to a punishment in advance against defendants, especially dissidents. This contradicts the most basic rules of justice. It is unreasonable that the duration of preventive detention even in serious crimes might exceed two years because human rights norms say that the reasonable duration of any criminal trial must not exceed six months, especially that the 2013 amendment is of a political nature.
EOHR calls for the amendments of a number articles relating to preventive detention in the Code of Criminal Procedure so that it may comply with the Egyptian Constitution and international human rights law. These amendments are as follows:
• Alternative measures for precautionary detention in accordance with the Egyptian Constitution and human rights charters and declarations since it is known that “the accused is innocent until proved guilty” in a fair trial and in normal circumstances
• Abrogation of the Legislative Amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law issued by the Interim President, Justice Adly Mansour, by virtue of Decree Law 83 of 2013, and the return to applying Article 143 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before amendment

From his side Dr Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR said, that pretrial detention as in depriving a person accused of committing a crime from his freedom for a period of time by placing him in prison until an investigation has been carried out should only be applied with the purpose of delivering justice swiftly.



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