CAIRO: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies expressed its “deep concern” over the ruling issued by Cairo Court for Urgent Matters Tuesday to prevent the members of National Democratic Party (NDP) from running for parliamentary elections. It stressed that the verdict “violates human rights standards” and previous rulings issued by the Supreme Constitutional Court.
The judicial verdict issued Tuesday to prevent members of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from running in the elections has been welcomed by some, and others have described it as a violation against citizens who are affiliated to the formerly ruling party.
The institutes said the verdict resumed the approach aiming to exceed the limits of its jurisdiction, and cited rulings baning the activities of April 6 Movement and Muslim Brotherhood and the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group. It added that the rulings “come to appease the public opinion.”
The statement was not the first of its kind to condemn the ruling; former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq’s lawyer Yehia Qadry criticized the verdict, describing it as “subjective.” He stressed in a statement to Youm7 that the ruling contradicts with the verdict issued by the Supreme Constitutional Court that the political isolation law is not constitutional.
The Supreme Constitutional Court decided that the political isolation law is unconstitutional June 14, 2012, two days before the runoff round of the presidential elections between then-presidential candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, who was viewed as a representative of Mubarak’s regime.
Recent rulings by the judiciary, including the mass death sentences taken against a large number of MB’s supporters, have been seen as political suppression.
The International Federation for Human Rights issued a similar statement April 30 to condemn what it described as the judicial suppressive approach against the political opposition for political reasons.
“The verdicts came as a result of hasty trials and measures violating the rights of defendants,” it said, and called for the rulings to be overturned.