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EOHR Condemns the Beheading of French Professor

October 18th, 2020 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights strongly condemns the brutal murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty, 47, as a heinous terrorist attack. Samuel Paty, who taught history and geography at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, was attacked on Friday evening by Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year old refugee from Chechnya who had been given a residency card in March 2020. Anzorov was later shot by the French police after he attacked the police with an air rifle and a knife.

Earlier this month, Paty had shown a class of teenage pupils a caricature of the prophet Mohammed from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. This was part of a discussion on freedom of speech in his moral and civic education class, which is a required class in France. This incident sparked a furious response from a number of parents, one of whom filed a formal complaint in the police station and uploaded a photo of the professor claiming he had shown a naked picture of the prophet. Paty had reportedly insisted that he had asked Muslim students to identify themselves and leave the classroom if the content would offend them.

The anti-terror prosecutor has opened an investigation into whether Anzorov had any accomplices stating that they will investigate “assassination linked to a terrorist organization and association with terrorist criminals”.

In a statement by Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, Al-Zahar denounced the crime stating “This crime is rejected by Islam and this act cannot be justified, because Islam has called for the protection of human life.” Al Azahar also called for the necessity to respect religious symbols, and to refrain from stirring up hatred by insulting religions and the need to adopt global legislation that criminalizes insulting religions and their sacred symbols, and also called on everyone to display morals and religious teachings.

While the EOHR reaffirms the need to reject hate speech, the EOHR firmly denounces this incident of terrorisms and rejects violence in all its forms. This reaffirms the need to promote further cooperation between states to confront the threat of religious extremism and violent terrorism. Indeed, the threat of terrorism knows no boundaries and affects us all equally. The EOHR stresses that such acts of terrorism threaten the values of human rights, 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.

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EOHR issues a report on the threats foreign interventions pose on Human Rights in Libya

July 14th, 2020 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) has watched carefully through its terrorism observatory the rapidly developing situation in Libya, especially that many of the terrorist attacks in Egypt came through the western border. Terrorist groups have established training camps on the Libyan city of Derna which has become a base from which attacks against Egypt were launched. EOHR has previously issued a thematic report in June 2019 titled Sinai under the guillotine of terrorism. The report monitored the establishment of terrorist camps through the cooperation of Muhammad Al Zawahiri and The Muslim Brotherhood.

The new report on Libya includes statistics issued by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on the ongoing back and forth movement between Libya and Syria by Syrian mercenaries loyal to the Turkish regime. The SOHR noted the transfer of a new batch of Syrian mercenary fighters to Libya while other went back to Syria.

Thus, the number of Syrian mercenaries who went to the Libyan territories increased to about 16,100 “mercenaries” of whom about 5250 returned to Syria, while Turkey continues to bring in more “mercenary” fighter to its camps to offer them training.

The report includes the position of the United Nations on The situation in Libya. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said “The conflict in Libya has entered a new stage, with foreign intervention reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting.” The Secretary General also said that the military units of the Government of National Accord and through great foreign support pressed towards the east in its attack against the Libyan National Army, led by General Haftar. The Secretary General expressed his deep concern over the military buildup around the city of Sirte, as well as from the large level of direct foreign intervention.

In its report, the UN team in Libya called on the parties to the conflict in Libya and the countries that support it, to immediately stop the recruitment, financing and deployment of mercenaries and relevant actors to maintain the continuation of hostilities. He pointed out that the deployment of mercenaries in Libya only increases the number of armed groups and other actors operating in the context of impunity. The team referred to reports that Turkey has been involved in large-scale recruitment and transportation of Syrian fighters to take part in hostilities to support the national reconciliation government.

The report contained a set of recommendations including

  • Criminalization of terrorist financing
  • Working without delay to freeze any funds related to persons involved in business.
  • A ban on providing safe haven, means of support, or support for terrorists.
  • Refrain from providing any form of financial support to terrorist groups.
  • Sharing information with other governments regarding any groups that commit or plan to commit terrorist acts, implement effective measures to control borders.

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The Legislative Reform Forum in Damietta calls the Parliament for enacting new laws for parties , press and judiciary

July 1st, 2008 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization For Human Rights (EOHR) held 3 workshops on political parties , press freedom and judiciary authority in the framework of “Legislative Reform Forum “ which supported by the European Union at Dar Al Hekma in Damietta on Monday 30/6/2008 . Participants called for the necessity of activating the role of legislative parliament through expediting the enactment of new laws for political parties ,press and judiciary authority .They called for providing  adequate guarantees for the  independence of  judiciary and press freedom . Read the rest of this entry »

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The Legislative Reform Forum in Assiut calls for immediate reformation for legislations related to parties ,press and judiciary

June 29th, 2008 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization For Human Rights held a workshop in the frame work of “The Egyptian legislative Reform Forum ” supported by the European Union  under the tile of “ EOHR initiative to reform and modernize the legislative system to conform with the international covenants for human rights “ on 28/6/2008 at 11:00 am in the Bar Association club in Assiut governorate . Read the rest of this entry »

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