EOHR calls on the theatrical professions syndicate to abandon the decision of cancelling the membership of Wakid and Abu Naga

March 28th, 2019 by Editor

EOHR calls on the theatrical professions syndicate to abandon the decision of cancelling the membership of Wakid and Abu Naga


The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its concern about the decision issued by the Egyptian theatrical professions syndicate under the leadership of Dr. Ashraf Zaki, the head of the actors, to cancel the membership of the two actors Amr Waked and Khaled Abu El Naga.


The organization stresses that the decision to write off was contrary to the law of the theatrical professions syndicate and the organization demands from it to give up on its decision to cancel the membership of the actors Amr Waked and Khaled Abu Naga.
Amr Waked and Khaled Abu al-Naga visited a member of the US Congress and made statements on their Twitter accounts, discussing the situation in Egypt, which prompted the syndicate to cancel the membership of the two actors Amr Waked and Khalid Abu Al-Naga.
The syndicate said in its statement: “The theatrical professions syndicate considered that what happened from the two members Amr Waked and Khalid Abu al-Naga, is a great betrayal of the homeland and the Egyptian people, as they headed without the authorization of the popular will to external powers whom they get strengthened with as well as adopting their decisions that supports the agendas of the conspirators to the security and stability of Egypt, thus the syndicate declare the abolition of their membership and the acquittal of what they have done.
The statement stressed that the syndicate will not accept the existence of any member betraying his homeland among its members, warning them not to drift behind the interests and agendas hostile to Egypt, its people and the future of its youth, who pays a huge price to achieve security, development and peace, long live Egypt.

The organization considers that the decision against the two actors Amr Waked and Khalid Abu al-Naja violated the law of the syndicate, which states in article 62 that the member may not be dismissed without calling for a disciplinary trial, through a committee of inquiry that has two members from the syndicate, a member of the State Council with at least a deputy rank and a representative of the Ministry of Culture. In accordance with article 64 of the law of the syndicate, which includes “the disciplinary council is responsible for the discipline of the members which is formed under the chairmanship of the head, the membership of an assistant adviser of the Council of State and a representative of the ministry and two members of the Council of the syndicate, the council choose one and the member referred to the disciplinary council choose another one.

Moreover, article (65) obliges the syndicate to inform the dismissed member before the disciplinary Board with a letter of acknowledgment of the arrival, including the dates and place of the hearing, and a summary of the charges against him, at least 15 days prior to the hearing. The article states that “the Member shall be notified of the presence before the disciplinary board with a written letter that determines the arrival, including the date of the session, its place and a summary of the charges against him, at least 15 days before the date of the hearing.”
Article (66) gives the dismissed member the right to appoint a lawyer to attend. He states that “the member may appoint a lawyer to defend him or the disciplinary board may require the member to attend in person. Both the disciplinary board and the member may instruct witnesses in which their testimonies are beneficial.
Article (69) gives the right to the dissenting members to challenge the absentee decision within 10 days from the date of their notification of the decision. The opposition shall be determined by the member or his agent, stating that “the member may object in the decision of the disciplinary council issued in his absence within ten days from the date of announcing the decision. The opposition shall be registered in a register prepared by the member or his agent to the secretariat of the disciplinary board “
Furthermore, article (70) states that if the decision of cancellation is approved, the member may appeal the decision and the appeals board shall be headed by a competent deputy of the ministry or the heads of its subsidiary bodies. If the decision is approved definitively, the members shall have the right to appeal to the administrative court again. It states that “the member against whom a decision was issued by the disciplinary board and also the head, at the request of the investigation committee, may appeal the decision within 15 days from the date of its issuance if it is present or from the date of expiry of the opposition date if it is in absentia.
The disciplinary council of appeal shall be headed by one of the agents of the competent ministry or the heads of its public bodies chosen by the competent minister and the membership of the head of the Fatwa Department of the Council of State in addition to three members of the council of the syndicate, one of the members to be chosen by the member against whom a decision was issued by the disciplinary board and the other two members shall be chosen by the council of the syndicate.
The disciplinary council members may not participate in the council, which issued the contested decision. The disciplinary council of Appeals shall be final and the final decision of the Appeals Board shall not prevent the dismissed member to resort to the administrative court to challenge the decision.
For his part, Dr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the head of the organization, stressed that the theatrical professions syndicate should have dealt with the matter in accordance with the steps defined by the law of the syndicate because it is the guarantor and guardian of the rights of members.
He called on the Syndicate to abandon its decision of cancelling the membership of the two actors Amr Waked and Khalid Abu Naga in compliance with the law and the constitution.

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