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Activist detained after peaceful protest

(EOHR/IFEX) - EOHR condemns the detention of Ahmed Saad Doma, who was arrested during a peaceful demonstration on May 3, 2010 in downtown Cairo in front of the Omar Makram Mosque, as a clear violation of the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of opinion and expression. The demonstration was called by MPs, public figures and political activists.

Doma was referred to the public prosecution on May 4, where he was accused of infiltrating the demonstration in order to subvert authorities, disturb public security and attack state property. The prosecution sentenced him to four days imprisonment pending investigation.

EOHR calls on the Egyptian government to change the way it deals with demonstrators who are expressing their views in a peaceful way without using violence. This right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed in the Egyptian Constitution and other international covenants to which Egypt is a party.

EOHR also calls for the abolishment of laws like No. 10 (1914) on illegal assembly, which is considered martial law, and law No 14 (1923) dealing with demonstrations. EOHR has appealed to the Attorney General to release Ahmed Saad Doma.

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