HRM called on the Interpol to immediately release its journalist Ahmed Mansour, 51, who was detained at a Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian authorities.
HRM called on the Interpol to release Ahmed Mansour as soon as possible urging it not to hand him over to Egyptian authorities. It condemns this shameful act by the Interpol in conjunction with the Egyptian authorities which violated all international human rights laws deeming it a crime against its civilians which have escalated notably during the last two years.
HRM condemned the arrest of Mansour which took place by the Interpol after it had initially rejected Egypt's request for an international arrest warrant against him revealing that the accusations against him are fabricated with no legal support. Egypt's stance continues demanding his arrest despite no arrest warrant against him after the current president accused of war crimes and violations against humanity visited Berlin.
HRM advises the Interpol against arresting individuals on political grounds and cooperating with the Egyptian authorities. It calls on it to respect the international agreements ratified mandating that no organization shall cooperate in arresting individuals on political grounds. Egypt for its part has listed scores of civilians on the Interpol wanted list in politicized cases.
The Interpol had issued a statement stressing that it respects its constitution as it facilitates international cooperation against crime and that redefining political, religious or military disputes as criminal would violate its constitution and destroy the organization.
Egypt's authorities have breached international and national laws and human rights agreements. It has not gone unnoticed the number of killings, detentions, executions and arrests of civilians and the Interpol should not be an accomplice in the crimes against Egypt's citizens in any form.
The Interpol and German authorities' cooperation in detaining journalists deems them a partner in the mouth gagging silencing policy which is practiced widely in Egypt against journalists and opposition.
HRM calls on the Interpol to respect article 3 of the UN torture convention which cites that no state party shall expel, return or extradite a person to another state where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.
HRM fears Ahmed Mansour may face the same fate as detained journalists in Egypt since the violations against the press has reached its peak. Victims have been killed by security force gun fire while performing their jobs while others have been thrown in prison and tortured without crime with harsh sentences facing others in an effort to silence.
HRM hold the Interpol fully responsible for the safety and freedom of Ahmed Mansour especially if he is handed over to the Egyptian authorities notorious for breaching all human rights laws. The airport police has handed him over to the federal police where he is detained at its quarters in Berlin. It is expected Mansour will stand before a German judge to decide on his stance.
The Interpol should exclude itself from taking part in the crime against civilian by the Egyptian authorities. Citizens in Egypt are entitled to live in freedom and safety both in the country and abroad. It is significant that all international and national entities to cooperate to ensure the civilians enjoy this right.