CAIRO: Rights activist Dalia Ziada, the Executive Manager of Ibn-Khaldoun Center for Development Studies, called on members of human rights organizations to choose between exercising political activities or civil work.
Ziada said, in a statement to Youm7, that activist should not confuse between their executive role inside their institutions and their personal positions regarding the presidential candidates.
Ambassador Mahmoud Karem submitted a request to suspend his membership in the National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) to exercise his role as a coordinator for Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi‘s campaign. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz took the same step to due his position in Sabbahi’s campaign.
Further, the High Presidential Elections Committee decided to allow the candidates launch their electoral campaigns on Saturday after announcing the final list of candidates, which consists of former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi.
Emad Hegab, Coordinator of We Observe You Movement, said that a number of independent experts held a meeting calling on the candidates to respect the laws and the rules related to the electoral process.
He added in a statement to VetoGate news website that the movement will perform its role to monitor any violations in this regard.
The We Observe You Movement is composed of a number of independent experts in human rights. It is scheduled to monitor the performance of media channels and newspapers and the reports issued by the different organizations during the coverage of the presidential election and the electoral campaigns of both candidates.
Additional reporting by Abdel Latif Sobh.