Egypt urged to remove activists from ‘terrorist’ list

UN independent human rights experts appealed on Thursday for authorities in Egypt to remove two activists from a “terrorist” list and to stop systemic use of terrorism powers. Ramy Shaath and Zyad El-Elaimy were arrested in June 2019 and their names were added to the list last April. An appeal to remove them was heard on Wednesday and the decision is due on 10 March.

The rights experts include members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which issued a recent opinion that found Mr. Shaath was arbitrarily detained and should be immediately released. The experts urged the Egyptian Government to ensure measures to combat terrorism and protect national security comply with international law and do not hinder the work or safety of human rights defenders.

The statement was issued by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, alongside five members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The independent experts were appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. They are not UN staff members, nor do they receive a salary from the Organization

Source: The UN

 

Author: Tuula Pohjola