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32 Rights Groups Lash out at Egyptian Regime’s Rights Abuses
32 Rights Groups Lash out at Egyptian Regime’s Rights Abuses
32 human rights organization sent to joint letter the subcommittee of human rights, democracy and international and regional affairs whose meetings will be held in Cairo on Jan, 23rd, 24th, 2008.
Tuesday, January 22,2008 10:04
by Duaa Abdul Raouf IkhwanWeb
32 human rights organization sent to joint letter the subcommittee of human rights, democracy and international and regional affairs whose meetings will be held in Cairo on Jan, 23rd, 24th, 2008.
 
The organizations confirmed in their joint speech that the civil society in Egypt has been facing since 2007 a government attack to curb the role the civil society role, specially non-governmental organizations.
 
The letter pointed out that these attempts included closing the house of legal and labor services in April 2007 and the Human rights organization for legal aid in September 2007 arbitrarily and without any legal foundation. It pointed out that the two organizations filed lawsuits and the Supreme Administrative Court is still hearing both cases.
 
"There a flagrant contradiction between the human rights commitments approved by the Egyptian government according to an action plan adopted by Egyptian and European parties in March 2007, particularly the commitment to respecting the freedom of organization and independence of civil society", said the letter, calling for giving a priority to this issue during the committee"s meeting with Egyptian government.
 
Signatories to the letter included the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists, the Egyptian Society for Supporting Democratic Development and the Egyptian Society for sustainable development and partnership the Egyptian society for advancing social partnership.
 
Lawyer Mamdouh Nakhla, director of Kalima human Rights Center , told Ikhwanweb that human rights reached a record drop in Egypt . He added that the European Union issued a strongly-worded resolution against the Egyptian human rights situations. Instead of responding by trying to adhere to human rights standards, Egypt is responding through adding fuel to fire and increasing its human rights abuses.
 
He pointed out that the letter of the 32 human rights organizations will have an affect and will add to the government"s embarrassment and add to its weak position before the world. He added that the human rights issue can never be considered a foreign intervention.
 
Nakhla added that government intervenes in tortures committed in Iraq and Abu Ghraib. Thus, it should give the same right to others. Anyway, the coming years will witness a kind of worldwide scrutiny over the human rights situation.

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