Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

27 December 2012

Egypt: Doaa Al Adl Is Accused of Contempt of Religions

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses sorrow for the status of the freedom of expression in Egypt after the revolution.

Hesba lawsuits returned to restrict the right of thought, expression and creativity, especially in the shadow of the decision issued by the Prosecutor General, Judge Talat Abdollah, refereeing Doaa Al Adl, caricaturist of Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper to the prosecution for investigation. The caricaturist was accused to religion contempt when she criticized those who voted "yes" to the draft constitution in the referendum. She pictured someone says "If you voted "yes" like me, you would not have been dismissed from the paradise." One of the Egyptian citizens filed the police report no. 4654/2012 accusing her of insulting prophets, especially prophet Adam.

EOHR emphasizes unlimited support to the freedom of expression and creation and denounces taking thinkers to accountability for their thoughts, which represents a negative indicator to the future of the freedom of expression in Egypt. EOHR also calls for reorganizing the legislative structures in order to stop having this kind of decisions against the freedom of expression and placing rules for filing lawsuits, according to the international standards of human rights.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of (EOHR) emphasized on the importance of the freedom of expression according to the international standards of human rights. Such decisions represent threat to the freedom of expression after the Egyptian revolution. The decision also is not based on enough legal reasons, because the complainer is not directly damaged or even affected. This kind of issues has to be discussed friendly through direct debates, out of courthouses.

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