Five leading Egyptian human rights organizations yesterday announced a list of seven necessary, clear, and urgent measures to stop the unprecedented erosion of human rights that Egypt has witnessed over the past years.
The five groups called on all civil society organizations, political parties, unions, individuals, and Egyptian communities abroad and regional and international bodies to endorse these seven steps as minimum requirements to begin restoring the dignity and rights of all Egyptians.
The seven essential steps are:
1-Free Political Prisoners of all backgrounds are imprisoned or detained in the thousands for their peaceful actions.
2-Halt “Endless” Detentions are a tactic to keep critics in indefinite pretrial custody by launching multiple cases against them.
3-Lift the State of Emergency in force since 2017 in violation of the Constitution that authorities have exploited to suspend all due process rights.
4-Stay All Executions in political and criminal cases until their review by a presidential pardon board.
5-Stop Criminal Prosecutions of Human Rights Activists and close the infamous Case 173 of 2011 (“Foreign-Funding” Case) targeting civil society organizations.
6-Withdraw the Draft Personal Status Law that reverses years of progress on women’s rights and launch a national debate on new fair family law with equal rights for women.
7-Reverse the Blocking of Websites imposed illegally in the absence of court orders to censor critical media and content.
The signatories on the seven steps are the following human rights organizations: the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, the El-Nadeem Center against Violence and Torture, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, and the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on Twitter said: “Egypt: No Meaningful Progress on Human Rights Without These First 7 Steps:
The five organizations said, “The first 7 steps stated in their press release represent the minimum to gauge meaningful improvement in the dismal human rights situation, and only include immediate measures that can implement tomorrow morning if a political decision is made to that effect”.
Negad El Borai, a lawyer, legal researcher, and political analyst, yesterday tweeted saying:
“Five Egyptian human rights organizations working in Cairo today issued an initiative including seven steps to end the tension over the human rights file in Egypt. The organizations are the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, El-Nadeem Center against Violence and Torture, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, and the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression,” Borai said in his tweet.