The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Further arrests of members of the Muslim Brotherhood
24 February 1999The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) received with deep concern news of the arrest by State Security Investigations (SSI) officers of three members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in Beni Suef governorate, on the evening of 19 February 1999. The three arrested, all of them teachers, are: Gamal Abdalla Habib, Ahmed Abel Maqsoud and Anwar Ibrahim Ibrahim. They were referred to the State Security Prosecution in connection with official reports no. 103, 104 and 105-State Security. They are accused of joining an illegal group which aims to hamper the implementation of the Constitution and the law, and possession of leaflets which call for hatred of the regime and threaten public security. The State Security Prosecution ordered their imprisonment for 15 days pending investigations in the Mazra'a Tora Prison, in Cairo. The EOHR is seriously concerned over the continuation of the arrest campaigns launched by the SSI against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the violations committed against some of them. The organization appeals to the authorities to stop these campaigns and respect the right of citizens from all political and ideological trends to peaceful assembly, a right which is guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution and international human rights standards ratified by the Egyptian government. The EOHR also calls on all civil society institutions, political parties, and intellectuals to work together for the defense of freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right of all citizens, whatever their political or ideological orientation, to personal safety. It also calls on them to urge the Egyptian government to take serious and prompt steps to top these violations which threaten the situation of human rights in Egypt.
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