27 June 2012

Egypt Without Torture

Photo: Bellyglad/Flickr
Protests in Tunisia (file photo).

press release

The International Day for Supporting Torture Victims, June 26, comes when Egypt is passing by an important historic period. The Egyptians hope to have better future without any violations against human rights.

Hours after being declared his nation's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi vowed late Sunday to represent all Egyptians, and he urged his countrymen to put aside their differences and come together for the common good. The longtime Muslim Brotherhood member paid special tribute to those "martyrs" who helped spearhead the revolution that led to the ouster of Egypt's longtime President Hosni Mubarak and, more than a year later, to Morsi's election. He expressed thanks and admiration for military personnel, police officers, judges and others in the Egyptian government for their work on behalf of the nation. "I must salute them because they have a role in the future" of Egypt, Morsi said.

The president-elect also promised "we will preserve all national and international agreements," a topic of concern in light of questions about how his election might affect Egypt's ties with neighboring Israel. And he vowed to "protect the rights of women and children," as well as Christians and Muslims alike.

The Egyptian people, males and females, should be able to enjoy all their political, social and economic rights after the Egyptian revolution. There are so many procedures to be taken by the new president and the new government towards achievement of these long-awaited goals such as:

- Reviewing Egyptian legislations to be in line with Egypt's international obligations.

- Reviewing the definition of torture crime in the Egyptian law to comply with the recognition stated in the Convention against Torture.

- Issuing laws related to NGOs, violence against women, rights of disabled people, human trafficking, professional syndicates and health insurance.

- Studying the law proposed by the National Council for Human Rights to adopt a unified legislation for places of worship.

-Reconsidering on Egypt's reservations on the international conventions concerned with human rights.

- Immediate release of the civil protesters, who were trialed by the military courts during and after the uprising on January 25, 2011.

- guarantee the amendment of the provision of article 126 of the Penal Code to be compatible with the provision of Article I of the International Convention for the Prevention of Torture - which was ratified by Egypt in 1986, and quickly decide on the bill which had already been prepared by the EOHR for amending some articles concerning torture in the Penal Code articles (126, 129, 280) and criminal procedures (63, 232).

- reviewing the poor condition of economic and social rights, both as regards to the right to health, education and housing, as well as the system on civil and political rights , the right to body integrity and the right to life.

- Setting a rational specific action plan for enhancement of the human rights' system in Egypt after the revolution. The plan should include salaries, pensions, health, education, job opportunities and housing in addition to independence of judiciary and combating corruption.

- Placing a national strategy for enhancement of the situation of Egyptian laborers and migrants abroad, in cooperation with the Egyptian embassies abroad.

The undersigned foundations are:

- Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

- Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture

- Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

- Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement

- Human Rights Association for the Assistance of Prisoners

- The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

- Legal Assistance Group for Human Rights

- Land Center for Human Rights

- Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

- Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

- Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence

- Hisham Mubarak Center for Law

- Center of the appropriate communication means for development

- Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination

- Arab Organization for Penal Reform

- Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

- New Woman Foundation

- Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression

- Nazra for Feminist Studies

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