Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

2 December 2012

Egypt: EOHR Calls Upon the President to Intervene to Lift the Siege Imposed On the Constitutional Court

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) is deeply concerned to the blockade of the Supreme Constitutional Court since the sunrise of Sunday December 2, 2012, by a group of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and some Islamic groups, to prevent the Constitutional Court from discussing lawsuits on dissolving the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council.

a group of protesters this morning surrounded the headquarters of the court in Corniche Maadi district, and held up banners threatening to prevent judges from entering, and especially that the Court was scheduled today to discuss repeal of the law No. 79 for the year 2012 issued on July 12, 2012, and known as Act of the election of the members of the Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution for the country, in addition to a lawsuit filed by the attorney Wael Hamdi Al-Saeed, demanding the dissolution of the Shura Council for "unconstitutional election of its members, which led to the postponement of its sessions for an indefinite period.

EOHR emphasizes that one of the principles of judicial independence lies in the non-interference in its work, and the consequences of this principle lead to respect for the judgments and decisions and put them under implementation. it asserts that disabling the Constitutional Court this way is a crime against the law.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, head of EOHR, said that the presence of the great judiciary in Egypt is the real power of the legitimacy of the political system. Judiciary preserves the stability of the country. He called upon all the political societal powers to interact with each other in order to build a harmonious democratic society.

EOHR calls upon the President to immediately intervene to lift the siege imposed on the Constitutional Court, maintaining the independence of judiciary. The state should maintain the balance of powers in order to achieve the rule of law and to ensure the institutionalism of the state.

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