Urgent appeal EOHR calls for the immediate release of Ahmed Badawi

April 22nd, 2019 by Editor

Urgent appeal

EOHR calls for the immediate release of Ahmed Badawi

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has expressed its deepest concern over the arrest of the activist “Ahmed Badawi” after he lifted a banner saying “No to constitutional amendments”
The organization calls on the competent authorities to release him immediately in compliance with the Constitution and international human rights instruments.
Activists on social media reported the arrest of the Egyptian activist “Ahmad Badawi”, after protesting solo with a sign saying: “No, for constitutional amendments”

Earlier, Badawi said on his Twitter account before it was closed: he planned to demonstrate alone in front of the Fatima Sharbatly mosque in the Fifth Settlement, as rejecting the constitutional amendments.

“I will invite citizens to vote in the referendum as the state demanded, but I will call them to vote with no,” he said.
The organization emphasizes on the freedom of peaceful assembly and peaceful expression of opinion, which is guaranteed by the international conventions and charters, including article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, which states that “The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”
Additionally, article 19, paragraph 2, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that: “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”.
For his part, Dr Hafez Abu Saeda, the head of the organization, confirms that freedom of opinion and expression is one of the fundamental human rights, an indispensable standard in measuring all other freedoms, as well as it is one of the inherent rights of the individual that was guaranteed by the treaties and charters of human rights.
He added that the arrest of Ahmed Badawi is a serious violation of the freedom of opinion and expression and contravenes with the international commitments to safeguard public freedoms and human rights values and principles.

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