EOHR’s counter-terrorism observatory condemns the incident that targeted the security ambush in west of the city of El Arish

June 5th, 2019 by Editor

EOHR’s counter-terrorism observatory condemns the incident that targeted the security ambush in west of the city of El Arish


       The counter-terrorism observatory strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted a security ambush in the west of El Arish.
The observatory calls upon the government to take the necessary measures in order to face these challenges, arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.


The Egyptian organization stresses that such acts of terrorism threaten the values of human rights inside Egypt, as they represent an attack on the rights and liberties enshrined in international conventions and covenants, the most important of which are the right to life, freedom, personal security and the right to movement.


The Egyptian ministry of interior said in a statement that “a number of terrorist members targeted a security ambush this morning in the west of the city of El Arish, the police has dealt with those members which resulted in the exchange of fire, killing five of the terrorist members, and the martyrdom of two police officers and 6 soldiers.
The observatory expresses its deepest condolences to all the Egyptians in all victims of terrorism. Additionally, it believes that these criminal acts that aimed at destabilizing Egypt’s security and stability are contrary to all religious and human values and principles.
It also asserts that terrorist crimes constitute an attack on the right to life, which is guaranteed by international human rights instruments and various constitutions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in its article 3 that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states in its Article 6 that “the right to life is an inherent right of every human being. The law shall protect this right and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”.
Furthermore, the observatory calls upon the Egyptian authorities to take practical and quick steps in order to combat terrorist foci, intensify security forces, provide adequate protection for citizens and vital installations, and promote the values and principles of human rights.
For his part, Dr Hafez Abu-Saeda, the president of the organization, emphasizes that these acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations are activities that threaten the territorial integrity and security of the states additionally these terrorist operations pose a serious threat to the security and lives of human beings and their civilization.
 It also represents a flagrant violation of the bunch of rights and freedoms adopted by all international conventions and covenants, the most important of which are the right to life, liberty and security of the person. Terrorism sweeps many other rights and freedoms, such as the right to property, movement, housing, culture, education and other civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights.
Eventually, he called upon the international community to take the necessary steps to strengthen the cooperation in order to prevent and combat terrorism.

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