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The ACIJLP calls upon the president of the Supreme Judicial Council to open an independent and urgent investigation On the pressures that led to judges' step-down from the case against foreign civil society organizations.


Cairo in 1st March 2012

The ACIJLP calls upon the president of the Supreme Judicial Council to open an independent and urgent investigation

On the pressures that led to judges' step-down from the case against foreign civil society organizations

The Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Professions (ACIJLP) expresses its deep concerns over the decision of the step down of the judges of the Department of the Cairo Criminal Court for continuing the case of foreign civil society organizations which is well-known in media as "foreign funding of civil society Organization". The judges said that they have stepped down for "feeling of embarrassment".

Although the motive behind this case, according to ACIJLP, is purely political and it is implemented by the security authorities who used the cooperating media to distort the credibility of the civil society and its role within the last period, ACIJLP is still keen on the NGOs, its role and independence. However, ACIJLP totally believes that the independent judiciary is the key guarantee and protector of all freedoms. ACIJLP also believes that any breach of the judiciary independence must be necessarily followed by a violation of several rights and freedoms including the right to forming associations.

The ACIJLP raises many concerns regarding the decision of judges' step-down in view of the reasons that have been announced by the judges which have been represented in "Feeling of Embarrassment", as well as the time of such decision which came before the judges' consideration in the complaint submitted by 8 foreigners regarding the decision to prevent them from traveling, a matter which make the ACIJLP believes that there is an inappropriate interventions which may be practiced against the Department of the Cairo Criminal Court with respect to this case.

Whether such interventions, about which ACIJLP is concerned, are practiced by members who belong to the judicial authority like the Head of the Court of Appeal in Cairo, or by executive bodies which led the judged to step down, this is considered the first event of its kind. It is considered an intervention in and breach of the independence of judges and the judicial authority in Egypt. The Egyptian judiciary has long been suffering from the practices which violate its independence like exploiting it in political disputes; starting from tracing opponents and political activists, imposing guard on syndicates, and at last banning civil NGOs work.

In support of the independence of the Egyptian judiciary, the ACIJLP calls upon the president of the Supreme Judicial Council to open an independent and urgent investigation to uncover the circumstances of the decision of the judges' step-down and to detect any pressure has been practiced whether by the government or those engaged in such pressure and to use fair trial, if necessary.

ACIJLP is calling for the Egyptian independent judges, who reject any improper intervention in their affairs, to reconsider their decision, resume the investigation of such issue, and judge according to their conscience and the law so as to activate their independence and integrity.

The ACIJLP also calls upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately stop any interference affecting the independence and integrity of the Egyptian judiciary, to modify and purge the Egyptian judicial Authority Law from any provisions allowing intervention by either the Executive or the legislative authorities in the Affairs of the judiciary and judicial work.