EOHR implores President Al Sisi to pardon activist Amal Fathy

October 1st, 2018 by Editor

EOHR implores President Al Sisi to pardon activist Amal Fathy

 The Maadi Misdemeanor Court sentenced women’s rights activist Amal Fathy to 2 years in prison and 10,000 egp fine in case 7991 of 2018. The verdict also stipulated that Mrs. Fathy has to pay 20,000 egp to suspend the execution of the sentence.

The case was set in motion a few months back when Amal Fathy (34) posted a video on social media to angrily share her experience with sexual harassment, a vile phenomenon that plagues Egyptian society. The video was deemed offensive by the authorities and Mrs. Fathy was arrested in May, 2018 and charged with “spreading fake new”, “jeoperdizing public security” and “harming public interest”.

In this regard, The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) emphasizes the important role played by human rights defenders and calls upon the Egyptian Authorities to offer them adequate protection in accordance with article 12 of the UN Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders which states that “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or Dejure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.”

From his side Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR implored Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi to invoke his constitutional privilege and pardon women’s rights activist Amal Fathy in the spirit of furthering the building of a human rights culture that respects and upholds freedom of expression in accordance with the Egyptian constitution and International Human Rights instruments.

 

 

 

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