20 February 2013

Egypt: EOHR Calls for Litigation Rules Well-Matched to International Standards

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses sorrow for the questioning Dr. Youssef Zeidan on February 19, 2013, at the Prosection General Office, on the lawsuit no. 686, year 2010, for compiling a book entitled "Arab Theology". The prosecution office gave him a month to prepare his responses to the accusations.

In 2010 to the book of Dr. Zeidan was rejected by the Islamic Research Council, which has also in addition to that filed an official memorandum to the State Security Prosecution Office accusing Zeidan of "contempt of religions". Although the lawsuit has been filed in 2010, the author has just been questioned this week.

EOHR is really worried about the freedom of expression in Egypt after the revolution. Hesba lawsuits returned to restrict the right of thought, expression and creativity.

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. This kind of issues has to be discussed friendly through direct debates, out of courthouses.

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