Arab Network for Digital Media and Human Rights lauds reactivation of Presidential Pardon Committee

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Jan 2023

Egypt-based Arab Network for Digital Media and Human Rights (ANDMHR) said that the re-activation of the Presidential Pardon Committee positively affected the human rights situation in Egypt, according to a recently published study.

File Photo: Inmates leaving the prison of Tora Farm Prison after they were set free. Al-Ahram


The study said that the releases reflect a political will to put an end to the file of prisoners and to improve the situation of human rights. It also highlighted the president’s announcement of ending the state of emergency in Egypt and the Presidency's launching of the national dialogue.

The ANDMHR also hailed as positive the pardon committee's interaction with the requests for release from the parties.

El-Sisi had called in April for a National Dialogue between national forces and reactivated the Presidential Pardon Committee. 

More than 1,000 pretrial detainees have been released so far. Pardons and release orders have included high-profile figures, including political activists.

More releases, the study added, will enhance the state of societal peace and will expand the horizon of the country's imminent national dialogue so that it includes all political forces in the Egyptian state.

In its recommendations, the study urged all public and private sector agencies to cooperate with the pardon committee, calling on political actors to pay attention to the issue of integration and rehabilitation due to its importance for social peace and for laying down human rights principles.

It also stressed the importance of pursuing the committee's work, of moving towards more releases, and of alleviating the suffering of those imprisoned in cases of opinion.

The study also affirmed the importance of  reconsidering the criminal law to ensure that  long-term pre-trial detentions cease.

It also urged for amendments to the law to ensure that pre-trial detention decisions do not turn into a punishment in itself.

The Presidential Pardon Committee was originally established in 2016 to review the cases of those imprisoned for political crimes and others who meet certain criteria set by the committee.

The committee receives appeals from entities and political entities, such as the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and parliament’s Human Rights Committee, as well as through its website.

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