19 September 2012

Egypt: ANHRI Condemns the Disperse of the Nile University Students Sit-in Using Force

press release

ANHRI calls the authorities to investigate the facts and to fulfill the promises of finding a solution to the Nile University

ANHRI condemns the act of the Social Security forces, led by the Security Director of Giza, of storming the Nile University students sit-in and taking down the tents. ANHRI also condemns the dispersing of the sit-in using force and assaulting the students, researchers and staff who participated in the sit-in lasted since more than 20 days. The sit-in aimed to protest against the decision of closing the university and granting it's principle place to Dr. Ahmed Zweil in order to be used in the project of the city of Zweil for science and technology.

The Attorney General has issued the empowerment decision no. 2197 of 2012 Shiek Zaid administrative in the favor of Mr. Salah El-deen Azazi, the General Manager of the City of Zweil for Science and Technology. Therefore, a force headed to the university to evacuate it and disperse the sit-in. Then they were faced by the university counselors who protested against the empowerment decision, because the decision was issued in the favor of a natural person while it should have been issued in the favor of a legal person. After that the security forces stormed the sit-in and dispersed by force.

The police forces arrested 3 protesters then assaulted and dragged them. They are fourth year students in the Mechincal Engineering faculty "Mostafa Mohamed Amin Shama'a", " Mohamed Osama Mohamed" and the Engineer "Mahmod Mohamed Gaber", working as a program engineer in the University. While they were arrested, two students "Mohamed Tarek Ismail" faculty of engineering and the Maritime Academy graduate "Hisham Mohamed Hassan" witnessed the assault so they condemned it, then the police arrested them too. They have all appeared before the Zaid prosecution, as they were accused of resisting the execution of a judicial order, chanting assaulting slogans, inciting the people against the execution officer and the forces to guarantee his safety in order to stop him from performing his job. They are also accused of slander, libel and using force against execution officer and forces accompanied him.

In the same context the student "Ahmed Khaleel" headed to file a record against the professor "Yahia Ismail" in which he accused him of the phyiscall assualt as a result of an argument aroused between them related to the crisis of the Nile University. The police forces arrested the student in the police station and filed a record against him, accusing him of assaulting the Professor. He appeared before the prosecution, which decided to imprison him for 4 days of pending investigation. He was n't represented by a lawyer which constitutes a violation to law, which make us have doubts of the collusion of the prosecution against the student. On the next day, the said student appeared before the judge to determine the decision of renew his imprisonment; the judge decided to release him for a bond of 2000 EGP.

Nile University deemed to be the first non-profit research university Egypt. It was established on July 2006 by the Egyptian Foundation for Technological Education, supported by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. On January 20, 2011 the Supreme Council of Universities to covert it to a national university. But the revolution delayed the procedures, then after its success a decision of closing it and trans-locate the researchers and the students to the Mubuark Educational City was issued. During the term of the Ahmed Shafik, the former prime minister, a deal was done between Dr. Ahmed Zweil and him to grant the principle location of the university to Zweil. The students and the staff of the Nile University refused the decision and decided to protest against the closing of their university in which they organized a sit-in.

ANHRI said that "we strongly refuse the assault on the right to peaceful assembly and protest. We also refuse using force and violence to disperse the sit-in. We assure that we do not accept any security act against any peaceful protest and sit-ins". ANHRI asserted that the security solutions have always proved its failure to address the collateral freedom of expression, which is a lesson that should be learnt from the ministry of interior in the old regime. In particular, if the matter related to fair rights and demands. The students have the right to defend their right of continuing their studying in their university, which they have always dreamt of to be the first national research university in Egypt.

At the same time ANHRI calls "the Egyptian authorities to conduct investigation related to the severe assault using force on the male and female students and hold the responsible into accountable, it also calls the president to fulfil his promises of finding a solution to the problem of the university".

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