20 human rights organizations in solidarity with Khaled Ali the human rights activist and the former presidential candidate against the decision of the Egyptian authorities to prevent him from traveling
Upon his return from Tunisia where he participated in a conference on fighting corruption and its effect on democratic transition which was organized by Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center “DAAM”, Mr.Khaled Ali, a lawyer and a human rights activist as well as a previous presidential candidate, was surprised by leaking the news on his travel ban in the newspapers and websites based on accusation related to case N173 of 2011 also known as “foreign funding for organizations” which is still used against Egyptian human rights organizations without any further development except for more travel bans and accounts freezing decisions issued in turn against human rights defenders in Egypt.
Mr. Hichem Abdelmajid, the investigating judge of the case, declared that he needs to review e documents of the case to confirm the validity of what was published about preventing Khaled Ali from traveling, despite the fact that he has the sole authority to issue the decision and despite that Khaled was not invited to any investigations related to the case in the last years and he attended them as defense lawyer for the rest of the accused. The judge has told Khaled that his name is included in the case but he did not take any procedures against him.
The travel ban against Khaled Ali is a continuation of the punishment approach against him for his position on the issues of Tiran and Sanafir and withdrawal from the Egyptian presidential elections which he saw that it did not meet the minimum criteria of freedom and integrity. This ban falls within a series of procedures that aim to restrict Egyptian civil society activities and to narrow down the public sphere for the social and political actors.
It should be noted that Khaled Ali received an invitation to join the defense committee for the two martyrs: Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi during his last visit to Tunisia.
The signatories call on the authorities in Egypt to stop pursuing Egyptian civil society activists and political actors and abide by the provisions of the Egyptian Constitution and the laws that insist on preserving the dignity of citizens and their essential right in independent investigation bodies and fair trials, which became a matter of doubt after the recent judicial authority law and several other decisions that allowed the executive authority in Egypt to interfere in the work of the judiciary, which foreshadows serious consequences of including the well-respected judicial authority in the midst of a political conflict between the executive authority and its opponents.
The signatories indicate that this path represents more repression for freedoms and a strong message to all human rights defenders not to allow anyone to participate in the public sphere without a total obedience for the governing authorities that does not accept any form of peaceful opposition which will pave the way for extremist groups to attract more individuals that could not find any outlet using democratic ways, which we always warned against.
The signatories also called on the Attorney-General and the Egyptian judiciary to refrain from participating in political conflicts and not to allow the executive authority to use them to punish the opponents and human rights defenders and to remember that they are the people’s lawyers, not the authorities.
The signatories also emphasize the need for the executive authority in Egypt to review the way they are dealing with human rights defenders, especially that all their participation in the public sphere and development of the human rights situation in Egypt are demanding that conform to the Constitution and the law. They should stop dealing with them through the point of view of the security services only.
The signatory asks for the immediate dropping of those charges that target activists and defenders and civil society organizations including human rights organizations and that is according to international treaties and ratified by Egyptian governments and according to the articles of the Egyptian constitution.
The signatories also emphasize their full support for the human rights movements and civil society organizations in Egypt who are still committed to their role and responsibilities to spread the principles and culture of human rights as well as to monitor violations related to the state of freedom and equality and uphold the rule of law.
- Tunisian Human Rights League
- National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists
- Tunisian Association for Democratic Women
- Tunisian Forum For Economic And Social Rights
- World Organization Against Torture
- International Federation for Human Rights
- EuroMed Rights
- Association of Tunisian Judges
- Association of intersection for rights and freedoms
- “Mawjoudin” Initiative for equality
- Tunisian Federation For A Two Banks Citizenship
- Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Liberties
- Vigilance Association for Democracy and Civil State
- “Neighborhoods By “ Association
- Association CHALLENGE
- “Dostourna” Network
- Nachaz Dissonances
- Damj for justice and equality
- Defender Center for Human Rights (DCHR)
- Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center “DAAM”