For Immediate Release: 05 June 2015
On Friday 12 June 2015 at 12h30, a protest will take place outside the African Union Summit, which is being held at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The protest is in aid of Dr Bassiouni, who has been detained in Egypt since 2 December 2014. Supporters, friends and the family of Dr Bassiouni will be calling on the African Union to intervene in his continued detention and to secure his immediate and unconditional release.
Dr Bassiouni, a dual South African and Egyptian national and the Managing Director of the Al Tawheed Islamic Centres, a non-profit organisation, was detained when entering Egypt to attend his daughter’s engagement party. Since then, he has been detained at the Torah Prison in Cairo.
Dr Bassiouni has lived in South Africa for over twenty years and, through his organisation, seeks to uplift disadvantaged communities.
During the course of his detention, which now exceeds six months, Dr Bassiouni has not been provided with reasons for his detention. He has also not been charged or brought to trial and his detention is consistently extended without affording him the right to make an application for his release. Dr Bassiouni is in poor health and has not being afforded adequate access to healthcare services.
The Legal Resources Centre acts on behalf of Dr Bassiouni and his family, and is pursuing both domestic and regional remedies to ensure that he is detained in accordance with accepted norms of regional and international human rights law, or that he is released.
Despite requests that the South African government provide Dr Bassiouni with diplomatic protection, at this stage, the government has been unable to secure consular access to him, ensure that his fundamental human rights are protected while in detention, or secure his release.
The Friends of Bassiouni Coordinating Committee has organised the protest at the Afican Union Summit in order to place pressure on the African Union and the Egyptian and South African governments to secure Dr Bassiouni’s release.
The LRC promotes the right to protest as a powerful mechanism through which people can voice their concerns and meaningfully contribute to advancing human rights.
More information about the protest can be found at https://www.facebook.com/freebassiouni.
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