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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

334/06 Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and Interights v Arab Republic of Egypt

States Egypt
Date March 01 , 2011
Session 9th Extraordinary SessionFebruary 23 to March 03 , 2011

Decided on merits

Violated Articles: Articles: 5, 7.1a, 7.1d, 26
Alleged violated articles : Articles: 4, 5, 7.1a, 7.1c, 26
Non violated articles : Articles: 4

1.      For these reasons, the African Commission holds as follows:

(a)     That the Respondent State – Republic of Egypt has violated the provisions of Articles 5, 7 (1) (a), (d) and 26 of the African Charter;

(b)    that there has been no violation of Article 4 of the African Charter;


The African Commission therefore calls on the Respondent State;

        I.            Not to implement the death sentences;

        II.            Calls on the Respondent State to adequately compensate the victims in line with international standard;

        III.            Reform the composition of the State Security Emergency Courts and ensure their independence;

       IV.            Take measures to ensure that its law enforcement organs particularly the police respect the rights of suspects detained in line with article 5 of the Charter;

        V.            Calls on the Respondent State to harmonize the State Security Emergency Laws with a view to bringing it in conformity with the Charter and other international legislations and regional norms and standards

       VI.            Calls on the Respondent State to release the victims;

      VII.            Calls on the Respondent State to submit the African Commission within 180 days from the date of receipt of this decision (in line with Rule 112(2) of the African Commissions Rules of Procedure) on the measures taken to give effect to these recommendations.