The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
EOHR's Secretary General Released
6 December 1998In the afternoon of today, 6 December 1998, the Higher State Security Prosecution ordered the release of Hafez Abu Seada, the Secretary General of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) on a bail of LE 500. On 1 December, the prosecutor had ordered his imprisonment for fifteen days pending investigations in connection with case number 945 of 1998/Higher State Security. He was charged with accepting funds from a foreign country with the aim of carrying out acts harmful to Egypt; disseminating information and false allegations harmful to Egypt's national interests; and receiving donations without obtaining permission from the competent authorities. The EOHR forwards its sincere thanks and highest gratitude to all human rights centers and organizations; human rights activists locally, regionally and internationally; political parties, unions and civil society institutions; and to all the honest writers and journalists who were not deceived by the misleading campaigns that intended to harm and discredit EOHR's image and the image of other human rights organizations to undermine their role and existence. The EOHR highly appreciates all the support and positive reactions received for the release of its secretary general. It thanks all human rights institutions on the regional and international level for their prompt response and the initiatives taken to send missions in solidarity with the EOHR to demand the immediate release of its secretary general, Hafez Abu-Seada. The EOHR would also like to appeal to all organizations to continue to support the case of Mostafa Zedan, lawyer at EOHR's fieldwork unit. The EOHR stresses its firm stance in defense of human rights and basic freedoms.
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