Cairo 12 March, 2018
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said today that the former police officer Alaa Abed, who is currently the Head of the Human Rights Committee of the Egyptian Parliament, has committed the crime of libel against ANHRI and other independent human rights organizations, with a faulty and criminal allegation that they receive funding from foreign intelligence to publish fake reports about the situation in Egypt!
The allegations and fabrications of the former officer, which were not with good intentions, appeared in an article published – unfortunately – in Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper on Saturday, 10 March, 2018, and also on the newspaper’s website, and on the official Facebook page of the former officer.
ANHRI said: “When the Head of the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament publishes lies and fabrications that constitute a crime of defamation and incitement against independent human rights organizations, instead of resorting to the General Prosecutor, this explains the huge deterioration in the human rights situation, where defamation and denial are an alternative to seeking to improve the human rights situation and respecting the law “.
ANHRI added: “At the time in which Alaa Abed was an MP of the National Democratic Party (NDP) before the 25th of January revolution, ANHRI was documenting the crimes of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and defending his victims, and at the time that the ANHRI opened 6 public libraries in popular neighborhoods, Alaa Abed became the Head of the Human Rights Committee in the parliament because he was trust worthy and not because he was competent, and of course he did not say a word against the politicized closure of the public libraries.”
ANHRI also declares that it adheres to its principle of refusing imprisonment in publishing crimes, therefore it will not resort to the prosecution of Alaa Abed, who is more concerned with attacking and smearing human rights organizations, than he is with putting an end to the rampant violations in Egypt, not out of concern for him, but for Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, which we hope will realize that what is more difficult than obtaining the confidence of the readers, is continuing to have credibility, and it should not have published such allegations and fabrications coming from a former police officer whom all he has is a close relationship with a regime that is far from democracy and respect for the rule of law.