2 February 2013

Egypt: EOHR Condemns Dragging a Citizen in Front of Etihadia Presidential Palace

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Protesters set fire to police armoured vehicle (file photo).

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemns dragging and undressing an Egyptian citizen on the ground in front of Al Etihadia Presidential Palace. The humiliated citizen video was televised by many local and international satellite channels. The incident took place during the peaceful protest of different political powers on Friday, February 1, 2013, in front of Al Etihadia Presidential Palace, calling for amending the new Egyptian constitution, forming a national salvation government, having real national dialogues and ending the control of Muslim Brotherhood over the Egyptian regime.

EOHR considers undressing and dragging an Egyptian citizen as a serious violation to the defected Egyptian constitution, drafted recently by only one political group. Article no. 31 mentioned that the Egyptian citizen's dignity is protected by the Egyptian state and community. It is also a serious violation to article IX of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article III of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that the Egyptian revolution started against the past regime as a result of torturing people in police stations and detention centers first then other demands came after that. He also confirmed that the responsibility of Etihadia Presidential Palace's incident is to be taken by not only the Central Security Forces or the Egyptian Ministry of Interior but also the Egyptian Government. The Egyptian prime minister met the security commanders and ordered them to use force to end the protest and the same did the Egyptian president. Freedom and Justice Political Party is also responsible for the violence; the party formed the government that reproduced the policies of Mubarak regime.

EOHR calls upon president Morsi to dissolve the current Egyptian government in order to meet the public's demands. The Egyptian security reform must come first during the democratic transformation era. EOHR also calls for having a judge investigating immediately the incident of undressing and dragging the citizen.

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