In Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders EOHR once more calls for the suspension of case 173

October 23rd, 2018 by Editor

In Solidarity with Human Rights Defenders

EOHR once more calls for the suspension of case 173

 Human rights activist Esraa Abdel Fattah was summoned by the judge  appointed to investigate case No. 173 of 2011, known as the  foreign funding case in the media.Esraa was previously investigated in the same case on 9/10/2018 and was released on bail of ten thousand EGP.

Case 173 dates back to the year 2011 when a number of civil society organizations and NGOs were charged with working without proper permits and illicitly obtaining funding from abroad without legal governmental oversight.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) continues to follow with deep concern the investigations conducted by the judge in case No. 173 of 2011,  since its inception. The case includes a number of prominent civil society activists and organizations such as the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, The Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies, the Egyptian Center for Housing Rights, Center For Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Nazra for Feminist Studies and the Democratic Institute.

EOHR remains alarmed due to the relentless perpetual crackdown on civil society organizations and human rights activists. This crackdown clearly violates the rights freedom of association and freedom of opinion and expression, which is in turn a total violation of international human rights instruments Egypt is in fact party to, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

EOHR calls on the Egyptian government to cease its investigations into this case and  to stop attempting to place restrictions on human rights activists in a clear and explicit violation of the rights to assembly, freedom of opinion and expression, which are rights guaranteed by international human rights instruments and conventions.

For his part, Dr. Hafez Abu Seada, the president of EOHR, implored the government to reconsider the current law on associations and amend it to guarantee freedom of civil  society in Egypt. Abu Seada added that amending the law will open a new page with  human rights associations and will give unregistered organizations a chance to legally adjust their situation.

 

 

 

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