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“No news beneath the sun.. Another arrest campaign against Egyptians activists”

No way for democracy without giving multiple visions and point of views

In light of the continued security approach used to deal with all political spectrum in Egypt and despite that the Presidency of the Republic issued an amnesty list for a group of prisoners included prominent activists sentenced because of their opinion such as Islam Mari, Secretary of the organization of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the security forces has arrested a large group of activists included human rights activists, journalists, famous bloggers, and members of the April 6 Youth Movement.

On the tenth anniversary of the uprising of April 6, 2008, the blogger Mohamed Oxygen, the owner of the famous Egyptian Oxygen blog, was arrested and remained hidden for more than 11 days before being brought to the State Security Prosecution to join the Case 621 of 2018 in which the activist Cherif Roubi he was arrested on the 8th of the same month in Alexandria and presented to the State Security Prosecution after a disappearance of 10 days. On May 8, blogger and journalist Shadi Abu Zid from Cairo was arrested in addition to the human rights activist Amal Fati who was arrested from her home on the dawn of May 11. The doctor and political activist Shadi Al-Ghazali Harb was also arrested and was interrogated at Dokki’s prosecution before he was released on bail of 50,000 Egyptian pounds, and after paying the bail he was surprised that he was deported to the State Security Prosecutor for investigation which ordered to imprison him under investigation so they all join the case 621.

On the other hand, after the arrest of a group who objected the increase of the prices of the subway in Cairo who were presented before the State Security Prosecution, labor lawyer Haitham Mohammadine was arrested from his house in Giza on May 18 on the same case and an order of precautionary detention against him was issued.

On the dawn of May 23, activist and blogger Wael Abbas was arrested from his home in Cairo and he was presented on May 24 before the State Security Prosecution.

This persistence in the security method, although there is no real activity from the Egyptian opposition that represents any threat to the existing regime, but it continues to harass anyone who has anything to do with the revolution or who tries to express its opinion in any way, even if it is just electronic publications on social media.

The signatory organizations point out that this course represents further repression of the freedoms of citizens and carries a strong message of constantly settling the accounts of old political differences and not allowing anyone to express any opinion opposing the vision of the ruling regime, which opens the door to extremist groups to attract more elements that did not find a breather with democratic methods.

The signatory organizations also demand that the Attorney General and the Egyptian judicial authority refrain from participating in political conflicts and allowing the executive authority to use them to strike opponents. The signatory organizations emphasize the need to review the current Egyptian political system for the way it deals with the official opposition, especially in the current stability of political power. It must accept that the administration of countries has different political viewpoints that are protected by the constitution and the law and cannot be dealt with in purely security terms.

The undersigned organizations also pay tribute to the positions of the Egyptian human rights centers, which are still fighting to improve the situation in Egypt despite the continued repressive security measures that have come to threaten them with repeated imprisonment.The signatory organizations value all the efforts of individuals in the attempt to stand in front of the system of one vision and one opinion, knowing that there is no way to democracy without putting forward many points of views and cannot change without fighting the various battles even if the risk of exposure to trial, detention and defamation practiced by the current system.

Signatory organizations:

The Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH)

Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD)

The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES)

Committee for the respect of freedoms and human rights in Tunisia (CRLDH)

Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers ( ATJA)

Alkarama Association: Voice of the victims (Alkarama)

Vigilance Association for Democracy and Civic State (VIGILANCE)

Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center (DAAM)

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