The Counter-Terrorism Observatory condemns the terrorist incident that took place in Darb ElAhmar

February 20th, 2019 by Editor

The Counter-Terrorism Observatory condemns the terrorist incident that took place in Darb ElAhmar

The Counter-Terrorism Observatory that is affiliated to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its strong condemnation of the terrorist incident that took place on Monday, February 18, 2019, in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar district of Cairo governorate, which resulted in the death of an officer and two policemen.


According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior following the incident, “After the last Friday prayer, February 15, search and trace operations have resulted in identifying the attacker’s place in El Dardairy district of Darb ElAhmar, who targeted a security installation in front of the Al-Istiqama mosque in Giza. The Security forces surrounded and controlled him, at this moment, a device he was carrying, exploded which has resulted in the death of the terrorist member, an officer and two policemen.

The Counter-Terrorism Observatory confirms that the United Nations has called for taking a set of measures in order to prevent and combat terrorism, in particular by denying terrorists access to the means to carry out their attacks, to their targets and to the desired impact of their attacks, including:

1) To refrain from organizing, instigating, facilitating, participating in, financing, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities and to take appropriate practical measures to ensure that our respective territories are not used for terrorist installations or training camps, or for the preparation or organization of terrorist acts intended to be committed against other States or their citizens.

2) To cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism, in accordance with our obligations under international law, in order to find, deny safe haven and bring to justice, on the basis of the principle of extradite or prosecute, any person who supports, facilitates, participates or attempts to participate in the financing, planning, preparation or perpetration of terrorist acts or provides safe havens.

3) To ensure the apprehension and prosecution or extradition of perpetrators of terrorist acts, in accordance with the relevant provisions of national and international law, in particular human rights law, refugee law and international humanitarian law. We will endeavour to conclude and implement to that effect mutual judicial assistance and extradition agreements, and to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies.

4) To intensify cooperation, as appropriate, in exchanging timely and accurate information concerning the prevention and combating of terrorism.[1]

The observatory reiterates its assertion that terrorism is a direct violation of the rule of law and international human rights law where the International Convention against the terrorist bombings prohibits: “Illegal and intentional use of weapons and explosives in public places for the purpose of causing death, injury or mass destruction, or to force a government or organization to do something specific “therefore, it is considered a crime against humanity.

For his part, Dr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the organization’s president, said that these acts of terrorism constitute a gross violation of the bunch of rights and freedoms that have been adopted by all international charters and conventions. Additionally, terrorism constitutes an attack on the rights of people and the continued support of some States to it is considered a flagrant violation of international law.
He also called for the necessity of international cooperation in order to confront terrorism and countries that support it, by providing funding, logistical support and security support to leaders of the terrorist groups.


[1] United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, II.measures to prevent and combat terrorism, https://www.un.org/counterterrorism/ctitf/un-global-counter-terrorism-strategy

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