The EOHR calls for the investigation into the killing of a lawyer in the Sharkia governorate.

November 19th, 2018 by Editor

The EOHR calls for the investigation into the killing of a lawyer in the Sharkia governorate.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its dissent over the killing of lawyer, Ahmed El-Sayed Naima, by mistake at Belbeis’s police station.

The organization asks that the general attorney to open an immediate and urgent investigation into the killing of this citizen, and hold the perpetrator accountable so as to deter anyone who wishes to violate the right of any simple Egyptian citizen.

It was confirmed by Sameh Ashour, president of the Arab Lawyers’ Union that the syndicate  had received the news of the death of lawyer, Ahmed Sayyid Ne’atullah Musa Hassan,in a shooting incident that was carried out by police forces on Friday night. According to news agencies he was murdered while in the presence of two other colleagues as they were at Barkat-Belbeis orchard.

Ashour also stated that according to various accounts, Ahmed Sayyed Naimatullah Musa Hassan, a man well-known for his professional and moral obligations, as well as unrelated to any political or partisan action, was bound under the case No. 529220. His presence with them was due to the conclusion of a contract between him and his two other colleagues to sell the plot of land. The police opened fire on them, claiming that the two other victims were wanted for the offense.

Ashour also added that it was affirmed to them that the lawyer’s colleague were not armed but also had no intention of doing so, and that the place where the crime was carried was not a place to exchange fire but one that was open.

The Organization strongly condemns what has happened, noting that many international instruments such as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights have affirmed the right to life such as that stated in Article III  that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” , or such as that mentioned in Article 6 of The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that “the right to life is an inherent right of every human being, and that the law must protect this right and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.” it was also stated by the United Nations General Assembly, The Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials which was adopted on the 17th of  December 1979,  that “law enforcement officials shall not use force except in the case of extreme necessity and within the limits required for the performance of their duty”.

The EOHR demands the Minister of Interior (M.I) that a control on firearms be established when dealing with citizens so that weapons become means to fight crime and not to intimidate citizens. EOHR also appeals the MI to issue strict instructions to members of the police force in order to restrain such exercises when it comes to dealing with citizens, and to hold accountable those who violate these rules so as to protect citizens’ right to life, freedom and security.

Head of the EOHR , Dr. Hafez Abu-Seada, from his point of view has demanded that the state have no tolerance for those who violate the most basic human rights, to life, liberty and personal safety, and that they hold them accountable for such violations.

 

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