The arbitrary forced displacing of citizens in all its forms and manifestations is prohibited and is a crime punishable with no statute of limitations.
According to the 2014 Egyptian Constitution voted for by the Egyptian citizens Article 63 stipulates that the uprooting and displacing of a certain group of inhabitants is illegal and is contrary to all international conventions, laws, and norms.
Furthermore, the displacement, deportation and forcible transfer of population is also a crime against humanity according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in particular Article 2 band 'D'.
This displacement is what has been taking place since Wednesday October 29, after a decree was passed by the Egyptian government forcing residents in Sinai along the Egyptian-Palestinian border to leave their homes to build a buffer zone along the 13.5 kilometer border.
In response to the deadly blast in Sinai Egypt's authorities has taken drastic and negative measures by the implementation of a presidential decree which declared an indefinite curfew in Sinai and authorizing force against any danger without checking for authenticity. Collective punishment has been enforced as live ammunition has been used against citizens killing innocent people mostly children under the pretext of combating terrorism and building a secure zone between Egypt and Israel.
According to an official survey 800 houses have been demolished and 1000 families have been evacuated with no more then a 48 hour warning. No alternatives, temporary or permanent shelters or compensation were offered to the afflicted families. They were though promised a safe eviction and transferred to the desert without shelter and unprotected from the approaching winter.
Simultaneously a new law has been decreed by authorities to legitimize the military presence in civilian life under the pretext of protecting public property and state facilities in a new form of militarization of the state at large in Egypt deeming any violations be met with military tribunals.
The international silence regarding the current collective punishment underway in Sinai with the forced eviction of residents is a crime against humanity and a threat to Egypt's wellbeing since it violates the law. Force and violence against the citizens without guarantees of protection will not lead to stability and the state stripping the people of the most basic rights to live safely fed and sheltered is a complete crime.
Human Rights Monitor rejects the oppression practiced by the Egyptian government against the people of Sinai and voices its concern that such actions will only result in thousands of homeless people leading to further violence which will ultimately lead to increased arrests, tortures and military tribunals.
HRM asserts that such actions are a complete breach of human rights and warns of the continued international silence regarding the violations and crimes practiced by the Egyptian authorities against people who lost all possessions in terms of housing and personal belongings with complete disregard to their humanity through no fault of their own. It warns that the continued silence will only lead to continued oppression against these citizens.
HRM calls on the United Nations to send a delegation to monitor and document the current crimes practiced against the people of Sinai by the Egyptian authorities and bringing those responsible to justice since it is illogical that the perpetrators of such a crime be the judge of its actions.