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The Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) demands the Egyptian Authorities immediately release the detainees and stop mass indiscriminate arrests of citizens


Cairo 29 September 2019

The Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) demands                                         

the Egyptian Authorities immediately release the detainees and stop mass indiscriminate arrests of citizens                               

The Arab Center for Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) expressed its serious concerns over the Egyptian governments reactions to the protests that erupted on September 20th in many Egyptian governorates which were accompanied by the largest campaign of arrests of citizens in the vicinity of the events and their homes Around 1200 suspects have been referred to the Public Prosecution for investigation so far while authorities continue to refer suspects arrested to specialized prosecutions

 

This was also accompanied by unprecedented large scale campaigns of indiscriminate arrest of citizens after stopping them in public streets and transportation and checking their mobile phones without the permission of the Public Prosecution in a flagrant violation or personal rights assaulting privacy in violation of the provisions of the Egyptian Constitution particularly article no 57 which states that Private life is inviolable safeguarded and may not be infringed upon Postal telegraph

 

e-correspondence telephone calls and any other means of communications are inviolable and their confidentiality is guaranteed and they may only be confiscated examined or monitored by causal judicial order for a limited period of time and in cases specified by the law. The state shall protect the rights of citizens to use all forms of public means of communication which may not be arbitrarily disrupted stopped or withheld from citizens as regulated by the law 

In addition to the apparent violations represented by these acts and practices of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights particularly article no. 17 paragraph one which states that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy family home or correspondence 

Accordingly and in this context ACIJLP calls upon the Egyptian government to immediately release the detainees held in custody for protests that erupted for a number of reasons including the difficulties faced by citizens due to economic decline and high prices  according to the Egyptian Attorney Generals Office statement on these events
 
ACIJLP also calls upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally stop arbitrary measures that accompany the arrest of people violating their privacy conducting body search without legal requirements and checking their mobile phones without the permission of the Public Prosecution. These demands came on the background of these practices that represent a clear violation of the rights of individuals protected by the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by the Arab Republic of Egypt which accordingly became part of its domestic legislation that requires enforcement and compliance