A new condemnation of the June 30 regime.. Why did the Arab League for Human Rights stop its activities in Egypt?

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information’s announcement of its human rights activity in Egypt is in itself evidence of condemnation of the regime of the dictator Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his military regime, and proof that the human rights situation in Egypt has become devoid of any legal protection in a country where the law is broken and is now ruled by (sovereign bodies) The system of orders and supreme decisions away from the constitution and the law. The organization had announced the cessation of its activities in a statement on Monday, January 10, 2022 AD, attributing the reasons for this to the absence of the minimum rule of law and respect for human rights.

Jurist Gamal Eid, the network’s director, explains its cessation of human rights activity by saying that he received an unofficial letter from the security, through employees of the Ministry of Solidarity, stipulating that it be registered as a civil association in the ministry to change the name of the human rights organization that has been active since 2004 and stop monitoring prison conditions and defending freedom of opinion and expression, explaining that “The loudest and most active will not be allowed to talk about freedoms in Egypt at the present time.” Regarding the fate of cases in which Al-Shabaka’s lawyers provide legal support, Eid said that he and other lawyers will attend its sessions independently until the end of these cases.

Eid added, “We stop our work and institutional activity, but we remain as independent human rights defenders working alongside the few remaining independent human rights institutions, independent human rights defenders, and the whole movement demanding democracy.” We started the registration consultations, only to be surprised that the difficulty reached the point of impossibility, as we have been accused in the case of foreign funding of civil society for 11 years, which prevents us from dealing with official authorities, in addition to the message we received of the need to change the name of the Arab Network, and the prohibition of work on freedom of expression, or Prison conditions, even though they are our main activity, and we refuse to turn into a complicit institution.”

Last December, the investigative judge in “Civil Society Organization Financing No. 173 of 2011” preserved investigations with nearly 100 NGOs, not including Al-Shabaka, which Eid considered a deliberate matter with a number of organizations he described as “serious and most independent.” In the field of freedom of opinion and expression,” he added, “Al-Shabaka, Al-Mubadara, Al-Nadim, and the Cairo Center will not allow them to work.”

The Arab Network’s cessation of activity comes after about 18 years of work, during which it fought many battles starting in 2004, in which it defended hundreds of journalists and opinion-makers in Egypt and the Arab world, and archived an important part of the history of the Egyptian and Arab human rights movement, as well as preparing several initiatives to reform The police force, and supported bloggers and journalists through publications including “Kateeb Blogs” and “Wasla” newspaper, as well as “Kateeb,” a site that was blocked 9 hours after its launch.

In its statement, the network said: “The Arab Network for Human Rights Information regrets to announce that it has stopped its work and activities with the increasing disregard for the rule of law, the growth of human rights violations that did not exclude institutions and independent defenders, and the increase in police prosecutions, whether covered by a legal or judicial cover, or direct prosecutions.” . He added, “The decision to stop comes after many strenuous attempts to continue despite the difficult conditions Egyptians live in, and the state of political instability that the government has employed to restrict independent human rights institutions, and expand the arrest and imprisonment of human rights defenders, journalists and political activists, whether they belong to parties or independents.”

The statement continued: “Although the harassment, prosecution and threats have affected all independent human rights institutions, the targeting of the Arab Network was intense and hostile by the security services, whether the arrest of members of the work team, theft, physical attacks, and illegal summons, To the attempts to recruit some members of the working group as spies, to increase the list of violations and harassment from which the Public Prosecution not only did not provide protection, but also contributed to it.

Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.

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