14 November 2012

Egypt: ANHRI Calls the UAE Authorities to the Immediate Revoking the Law Which Take All the Freedoms

press release

Cairo — ANHRI expresses its deep concerns regarding the new law issued by UAE under the law of combating the IT crimes.

ANHRI mentioned that the new law includes some articles which guarantee the protection to some information on the internet like the credit cards, bank accounts, any Internet payments methods, or any method used in electronic forgery but in the same time the law includes several articles that take away the freedom of expression in addition to suhc elastic provisions will allow the country to prosecute several citizens due to unknown charges to send them to jail, as the one who mixed honey with poison.

The new includes a lot of articles that take away the freedom of opinion and expression in addition to information exchanges, such as:

- Legal prosecution to whoever present electronic pictures, audio records even it is correct and punish him in addition to punishing whoever call for peaceful demonstrations or marshes;

Legal prosecuting to whoever that the authorities say they are not subject to the law of the state or whoever violate its basic principles of the regime system in the state or whoever to overthrow the regime in addition to punishing whoever punishes whoever used the Internet or any of its IT means to mock, damage the reputation, prestige or the state's position or any of its foundation, president, deputy, rulers, crown princes, representatives, flag, national peace, slogan, national anthem or figures.

The legal prosecution to whoever provides false, inaccurate or misleading information to any of the organizations, institutions, bodies or any entities which could affect the interests or insults the position, reputation or the prestige of the state.

The Decree law allows the court to confiscate the equipments, programs or means used in the convecting any violation, close the place or the website, totally, partly or for a period of time, in which the crime took place.

ANHRI said that "the authorities issuance of such law which restrict all the means of freedom of expression and exchange of information in the country to find a justification to campaign of arrests of all the activists who call for democracy in the country and until now their charges are still unknown in the light of the pressure practiced on the UAE regime to reveal the places of these activities".

ANHRI said that this law will empower the authorities to send anyone to jail at any time without any hardships due to these elastic articles. The law appears to protect the privacy and freedoms but it is actually takes away all the freedoms and it is a mean to send a wide number of citizens and activities who call for freedoms to jail in a legal form but it such form is repressive.

ANHRI added that this law proves with no doubt that UAE persistent to silence the voices of the opposition that call for freedom and democracy. It proves also that it does not have intention to change in addition to the total control the judicial authorities. The regime also aim to politicize the judgments issued and use it as a repressive tool to serve the dictatorship regime.

ANHRI calls UAE to revoke such repressive law and to be bound by the international treaties and law that UAE have signed.

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