26 November 2013

Egypt: Rescind the Protest Law - ANHRI Condemns the Attack On "No to Military Trials" Protest

Photo: Elisa Iannacone
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood at Rabaa square (file photo).

press release

Cairo: 26 October 2013 The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, called upon Egyptian authorities to urgently rescind the unfair protest law ratified by interim president Adly Mansour. Two days after its ratification, the practices of Ministry of Interior proved that the law aims to suppress peaceful protests and to legitimize use of violence in the face of those protests. It also aims to protect the police officers who get involved in using violence and to legalize their impunity; constituting an unprecedented setback for the revolution's gains.

ANHRI today condemned the blatant attack on peaceful protests by Egyptian Ministry of Interior, as it violently assaulted a peaceful demonstration organized by "No to Military Trials for Civilians" movement outside the Shura Council; in protest against drafting an article in the new constitution that allows the military trials for civilians. The forces also attacked that demonstration organized by some activists to mark the anniversary of martyr "Gaber Gika". The two demonstrations were violently dispersed. No less than 40 activists wer detained, including activist "Mona Saif", "father of martyr "Gika", activist "Rasha Azab" and lawyer "Mohamed Abdel Aziz", in addition to a number of journalists and cameramen work in different satellite stations, among them journalists "Ahmed Ragab" and "Mustafa Al-Marsafawi".

"The violent attack together with arrest of many prominent activists, journalists and crews of some satellite stations by Ministry of Interior recall the practices happened during the protests on 25 January 2011, when the Egyptian revolution had erupted. Such practices prove the Ministry of Interior's desire to return to what it was during Habib Al-Adly tenure as Minister of Interior under autocratic Mubarak's regime. Therefore, the ministry should be restructured, the offenders should be brought to fail trial as well as rescinding the protest law immediately", said ANHRI.

ANHRI calls upon all the political powers, civil society organizations, 50-member committee and the minister, who are affiliated to the revolutionary powers, to take an urgent actions and freeze their activities and memberships until rescinding the protest law, which would be doomed to the dustbin of history and Egyptian people will never forget those who drafted and ratified it.

ANHRI warns security forces of using violence to disperse the peaceful protests at Talaat Harb Square in Downtown; particularly after some protesters have announced that they will stage a strike till rescinding this law.

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