The U.S.-based International Freedom of Expression eXchange network (IFEX) said the offices raided by security offices included those of Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and at least two Egyptian organizations, the ACIJLP
and the Budgetary and Human Rights Observatory (BAHRO).
The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, the ACIJLP
, the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, the Habi Centre for Environmental Rights, the Land Centre for Human Rights, among others, signed this statement.
In a statement released by the ACIJLP
, Amin said that the constitution defined direct elections as the only mechanism of choosing a president, and not referendums.
ACIJLP said in their report that the judiciary must not be compromised, and that its members should be allowed to structure their own organisation "within the scope of freedom of assembly and free speech" according to international standards adopted by the United Nations.
The report mentions several infractions over the past year, which ACIJLP says amount to "the worst attack on the judiciary in 60 years," adding that the current attempt at judicial reform by the government is "an attempt to control the judicial institution, not repair it".
To right such wrongs ACIJLP recommends steps be taken to repeal and amend all articles in the constitution dealing with judicial affairs.
ACIJLP also demands the immediate cessation of military trials for civilians and the removal of the current Prosecutor General Tala'at Abdallah to make way for the Supreme Judicial Council to follow the correct protocol.
"Despite its utmost importance, this [legal] step was taken relatively late, which raised doubts over the possibility of referring the ex-president to court," ACIJLP
said, also expressing relief over the prosecutor's decision.
says in a press statement that Heteitah was executed "despite the fact that the relatives of the victim agreed to receive blood money [in place of Heteitah being executed] under the Libyan Law on Conciliation and Bloody Money.
ACIJLP says that there was "unprecedented" interference by the executive authority -- represented by the Minister of Justice -- in judicial affairs during the monitoring period.
Speaking during a press conference to launch the report at ACIJLP's Cairo office, the center's director Nasser AminAa predicted "serious irregularities" during the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections as a result of this.
CAIRO: Security interference in appointments to the State Council and the absence of women judges from the council were the focus of a seminar organized by the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP
) and the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation.