EOHR calls for immediate action to ensure the safety of Egyptian citizens in Libya

June 15th, 2020 by Editor

EOHR calls for immediate action to ensure the safety of Egyptian citizens in Libya

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the arbitrary detention of Egyptian workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna by forces loyal to the government of national accord.

A video was circulated on the internet and several media outlets showing the GNA militias detaining dozens of Egyptian workers in the Libyan city of Tarhouna and physically abusing them on account of their alleged support of the Libyan National Army and working in its ranks. The video included shocking scenes of acts of torture and degrading treatment committed against the detained Egyptian workers. They were forced to stand in the heat of the sun barefooted on one foot and raise their hands above their heads;  they were also forced to chant slogans praising the city of Misurata, a stronghold of pro GNA militias.

EOHR staunchly believes in the right of those detained Egyptian workers to due process and a fair trial, therefore it calls on his Libyan government to guarantee the legal rights of Egyptian workers in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states its fourteenth article that All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, or of his rights and obligations in a suit at law, everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law”.

EOHR also urges the GNA to immediately apprehend the perpetrators of this crime of torture against Egyptian workers refer them to trial in accordance with the Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

EOHR implores the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to quickly intervene and address the GNA and press them to immediately release the Egyptian workers and to ensure that they will not be subjected to any any physical or psychological harr, in accordance with international conventions human rights law.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR stressed the importance of releasing the Egyptian workers immediately, adding that GNA militias should not abuse them and ensure their psychological and physical safety in accordance with article 16 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Abu Seada also urged the GNA to protect Egyptian workers in areas they control so that their inalienable right to life which has been given special emphasis by international human rights covenants and treaties; Abu Seada also demanded that the GNA ensure that those detainees are granted the right to contact their families and be released as soon as possible.

Abu Seada also called on the United Nations to conduct an investigation into the violations committed against Egyptians and Libyans in areas the Libyan army withdrew from.

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