Bahey El Din Hassan, director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), sent a letter yesterday to Mr. Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, asking for enlisting the issue of the bi-lateral agreements and arrangements between many Arab Countries and the American administration concerning the protection of the American soldiers from judicial trial in case of committing war crimes or crimes against humanity, on the working schedule of both the Arab Summit and the meeting of the Arab Foreign Ministers.
The letter also expressed that in spite of appreciating the denunciation of both the League’s Secretariat and the Arab Foreign Ministers for what has been recently discovered about the brutal torturing crimes committed by occupation forces in Iraq, something that was denounced by both the Arab and International human rights organizations and Arab and International public opinion; yet Arab governments should not confine its position to the nonsense verbal denunciation in the light of the existence of unethical agreements signed by some of these governments protecting the war criminals, and providing them with self-rest for continuing their crimes.
Moreover, CIHRS’ letter called upon the Secretariat of the League and Arab Foreign Ministers to pursue a unanimous measure in denouncing the crime of torture, regardless of being committed by the occupation forces or by the Arab Military Apparatus. That is, the Arab League should not wait until another Arab Country to get occupied in order to denounce the already going on torture therein.
CIHRS sent two similar letters to Dr. Fathi Sorour, Speaker of the People’s Assembly and Dr. Moustapha El Fiki, the head of the external relations committee in the People’s Assembly, calling upon the People’s Assembly by revising American-Egyptian agreement in this respect and canceling it. The message also confirmed that this is the suitable moment for revising an agreement hindering the Egyptian Political will and denounce Egypt ethically.
Moreover, Bahey El Din Hassan, being a member of the National Council for Human Rights, sent a letter to the Deputy Head of the Council, Dr. Ahmed Kamal Abou El Majd, calling upon him to enlist this topic on the Working schedule of the coming meeting of the council, and providing the members of the council the text of the American-Egyptian agreement, as a preliminary stage to take the necessary recommendation in this respect.
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