Media Statement; In The 67th Anniversary Of "Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day".. Journalists Rights Are Still Missing
December 10th, 2015

Journalists Against Torture


Today, December 10, marks the 67th anniversary of the International Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world every year. The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). United Nations used to choose a slogan to celebrate this day every year, often expresses the issue or a human right. That tradition, which began in 1950, do not include only the right of clothing, food and housing, but includes all the rights and freedoms payable to each person of the value of equal humanity and dignity to ensure live safely and enjoy freedom of opinion and expression.

Journalists Against Torture Observatory (JATO) announced renewal the requires to take effective action against crimes committed against journalists on the occasion of International Human Rights Day. The observatory confirm that the current situation for journalists in the decline with continued restrictions on media freedoms in Egypt, in light of the escalation of violations against the journalists during their job. Where the Observatory recorded during 2014, in its annual reported 674 cases of violation against journalists and media workers, as well as didn't expect any sanctions against the perpetrators of violations against journalists so far, while for 2015 are still violations on the rise significantly. The observatory managed also to monitor more than 500 violation against journalists till now.

The Observatory demands for releasing detained journalists on charges do not relate to the nature of their work and their presence place of the incident conditions, the most notably charges were disturbing public peace, incitement to overthrow the regime and join a group based on odds of law, where there are dozens of journalists behind bars, some of them suffering from poor health without medical care, like Youssef Shaaban and Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, known as "Shawkan".