Egypt’s Rights Organizations Demand UN to Stop Abuses by Sisi Regime
|Tuesday, November 28,2017 05:42|
In a joint letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra'ad al-Hussein, 11 Egyptian human rights organizations expressed their deep concern over the current human rights situation in Egypt, and the repressive anti-protest law, which makes it against the law to even plan a protest.
The organizations indicated that this law is a component of a repressive legislative arsenal that deprives Egyptian citizens of their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, on the pretext of maintaining stability and combating terrorism.
"The Egyptian Press and Information Act of December 26, 2016 created an unprecedented aggression on freedom of the press; and the new law of associations made it impossible for civil society to work in safety; while the Anti-Terrorism Act became a tool to impose travel bans and assets freeze on journalists, human rights defenders, and peaceful activists," the letter stated.
"All these strict laws have been put into the hands of the security forces, who commit, on a daily basis, gross human rights abuses in total impunity; summary executions, kidnappings followed by secret detention, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, arbitrary arrests and unfair trials before civil and military courts that issue harsh prison and death sentences."
"The authorities carry out these grave violations in a systematically to spread terror in society, suppress all forms of opposition, and prevent protest. They target students, professors, trade unionists, journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders, political opponents, and other peaceful activists."
"The Egyptian authorities not only assault citizens' freedom and personal safety, but also impose wide surveillance on the internet. Since May 2017, more than 400 websites, including news and websites belonging to human rights organizations, have been blocked in an attempt to prevent publishing reports that contradict the government's account on the human rights situation in the country," the letter added.
"We believe that this apparatus, which was established under the pretext of ensuring stability, does the opposite. It opens the door to abuses that are in contrary to the principles of human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt has been a signatory party since 1982."
"In view of the gravity of human rights violations in Egypt, we urge you to condemn publicly and strongly violations that target rights of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, as well as the attacks on freedom and the safety of Egyptian citizens. We also request that you demand from the Egyptian authorities to end all forms of violations and abuses, to establish preventive mechanisms, and to ensure accountability to avoid recurrence of these abuses"