Human Rights org calls for legalizing Muslim Brotherhood
Hafez Abu Seada, Secretary-General of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, called on the Egyptian government to agree on the formation of a civil and political party for the Muslim Brotherhood Movement.
He stressed that the MB is an active political movement which undeniably has a strong presence in Parliament.
In the conference “Freedom of Assembly and Organization, a Road Map for the Future” which convened in the Arab League, Seada emphasized that it is necessary for citizens to have a state of political balance where all political powers may be present and participate in the political arena. He pointed out that the MB leaders have ideas and visions which are in the interest of people dding that “excluding the group is not in the interest of anyone”.
Seada called for the dissolving of the Party Affairs Committee which makes the ruling party choose its opponents.
Dr. Mohamed Hassan Elbazour, a leader in the Executive Bureau of the Islamic Front, criticised the interventions made by Representative Friederich Neumann, of the German organization which sponsored the conference. He especially criticized Dr. Ronald Minardous, Regional Director of the Cairo , Middle East and North Africa office, for his intervention that the Foundation is focused on spreading and applying liberal concepts.
Elbazour stressed that nations in the region refuse to be forced to follow values and principles that conflict with the Islamic religion and Arab Culture. He also opposed Abab Morad, Manager of the Euro-Arab Project opinion regarding the right to assembly and organization, as she justified the human rights violations committed by Arab regimes due to the fear of the threat posed by “Islamists”. He demanded the change of this expression.
Elbazour disapproved of Heba Augustine who called for opening a dialogue with “moderate Islamists.”Does this mean the Islamic opposition is unacceptable?” he stressed that all Islamists are moderates except those who carry weapons to kill citizens and this is opposed by Islam which promotes peace and forbearance.
Augustine described the current relationship between Fatah and Hamas as “hostile”. This was strongly opposed by Elbazour who stressed that Muslims and Arabs have only one enemy; namely the Israeli entity and explained that the conflicts are only temporary between Hamas and Fatah and when escalated it is due to the presence of the occupations forces and their allies.
Dr. Tharwat Badawy, Prof. in the Constitutional Law, Cairo University , called for the need to link between all freedoms “because the freedom of assembly is pointless as long as the freedom of opinion and expression is not guaranteed and respected”.
He proved that with citing the charade in the constitutional revolution of 2005 when the choice of the president was changed from referendum to elections, in which candidacy is limited to “extras” as he put it.
During the first day of the conference, lawyers from nine Arab countries published papers on the right to freedom of Assembly and Organization and its status in their own countries. They all agreed that the security services dominate the ruling systems which made it become a police state preventing civil and political freedoms on all levels including trade unions, NGOs and political parties