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Rights groups launch campaign to monitor president's human rights priorities

(CIHRS) - 3 July 2012 - Based on the critical role of civil society in defining and shaping the political future of the country, The Forum of Independent Egyptian Human Rights Organizations launched a campaign entitled “Our Rights in 100 Days” to evaluate the performance of the president-elect during his first 100 days in office. The campaign began on Monday, July 2 by sending a memo to President Mohammed Morsi stating what the organizations consider should be the human rights priorities of the country during the coming 100 days. The contents of the message and the demands of the organizations will be announced at a press conference to be held Wednesday, July 4 at 11 a.m. at the office of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.

The 7-page memo begins with the observation that the 100-day plan which was promised by the president does not sufficiently address the critical nature of the challenges Egypt is currently facing, especially in the realm of human rights. Indeed, the plan neglects human rights issues and fails to present practical solutions to the grave crises which have been created by the transitional period under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), with the participation of the now-dissolved People's Assembly.

The organizations presented several decrees that the president should adopt, as well as others that he should avoid completely and indeed prevent from being passed. In addition, the organizations proposed several directives for the president to issue to the Prime Minister and the appointed ministers, including instructions to prepare a number of imperative laws to be presented to the new People's Assembly as soon as it is elected. The message also contained a number of recommendations which the president should present to the various institutions regarding their departure from their constitutionally granted powers. Finally, the message elaborated a number of pledges which should be taken by the president himself. The memo in question came in the form of 30 demands divided into six sections.

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