The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) condemned Wednesday the decision taken by the Political Parties Committee to freeze the activities of the Labor Party and suspend its newspaper Al-Sha´b, reported ArabicNews.com.
The agency quoted a statement by (EOHR), calling “for an end to administrative interference in political party affairs”, and that all sides, the government and political parties, have to refrain from violating rights and freedoms, which only weakens the ability of Egypt to face future economic and social challenges.
Decision of freezing the party on May 21st followed accusations in Egypt's government press that it was using the bi-weekly Al-Shaab to incite students at Cairo's Al-Azhar university to demonstrate against the recent republication of an allegedly blasphemous novel by Syrian writer Haidar Haidar.
ArabicNews.com quoted a member of the EOHR as saying that the organization believed that decision “represents a gross infringement of party life and democracy in Egypt.” – Albawaba.com
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