EOHR holds its second Side Event at the UN head quarters in Geneva

September 14th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR holds its second Side Event at the UN head quarters in Geneva

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) held its second parallel event on the sidelines of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The seminar was titled “Terrorism and Human Rights in Egypt: Compensation for Victims of Terrorism” and the role of Qatar in its support. The speakers included Dr. Hafez Abu Saada, president of EOHR, Mr. EssamShiha, the Secretary Genearl of EOHR , Dr. Salah Salam, member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Mr. AlaaShalabi, Secretary General of the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), and Hamad Khaled Al Marri, representing the Qatari Al Ghofran tribe.

Dr. Abu Seada made the first statement and among the most important points he highlighted were:

  • The international community must work closely with countries fighting terrorism, including Egypt, to implement Security Council resolutions, which require countries to cooperate in the exchange of information, intensify funding for counterterrorism and prevent the facilitation of safe passage of terrorist leaders between countries.
  • EOHR adopted the cases of the victims of terrorism in Egypt and filed a lawsuit to claim their rights to compensation from countries supporting the crime of terrorism, first among them is the State of Qatar as EOHR has attain proof of its funding terrorist organizations operating in Egypt which resulted in a large number of dead and injured.
  • EOHR, while supporting the role of the Egyptian state in the fight against terrorism, calls for adherence to human rights and the rule of law and fair trials for all defendants even if the charge leveled against them is terrorism.
  • With regard to the recent death sentences, the accused in these cases have the right to challenge these verdicts and Egyptian law requires the general prosecution to appeal even if the defendant has not challenged it.

The Mr. EssamShiha took the floor and had this to say:

  • Egypt ranked 11th in the global terrorism index, according to the 2017 report of the Institute of Economics and Peace Australia  their was a surge in the number of terrorist acts in Egypt in 2016 and 2017, an increase of nine times over previous years. After the June 30 revolution, the number of martyrs due to terrorism exceeded 1500 martyrs as a result of attacks carried out by groups such as Hasm and Ansar Bayt Al Maqdis (ISIS affiliate in the Sinai). The international community must work on reducing state support for terrorist organizations and finally the most effective way to combat terrorism is through measures that respect human dignity and adhere to the rule of law.

Dr. Salah Sallam gave a presentation on terrorism in Egypt, and made the following remarks:

  • Egypt was forced to create a buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip, where more than 890 tunnels were found under houses in the first 500 meters from the border. The area was expanded to reach up to 3,800 meters, which meant expanding the buffer zone and residents were compensated.
  • Terrorism in the Sinai not only targeted Coptic Christian but it also targeted public figures and anyone who collaborated with the armed forces. The mosques were also targets for terrorists. The number of victims of terrorism in the Sinai reached 850 civilian martyrs, including about 315 martyrs in the Rawda mosque massacre alone.

From his side Mr. AlaaShalabi from AOHR said that Arab revolutions began peacefully but their militarization led to the death of thousands of innocent victims, the collapse of states and the rise of terrorism. He also called on the international community to punish states that support terrorism.

Among the speakers to was Mr. Hamad Khalid Al Marri, a representative of the oppressed Qatari tribe of Al Ghofran, who spoke about his government’s support for terrorist organizations and its double standards. He demonstrated this by saying that there is a US military base and an office of the Taliban movement in Qatar which shows the duplicity of the Qatari government.


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