Egypt Solidarity Initiative

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    Petitioning Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek, Arab Republic of Egypt, Ahmed Ihab Gamal-Eldin

    Release Hisham Fouad and other political prisoners in Egypt

    Journalist Hisham Fouad has been detained for over two years since being arrested on 25 June 2019. Although the legal limit for ‘pre-trial’ detention in Egypt has now expired he remains in jail, incarcerated in a windowless cell without proper access to medical treatment. Along with former MP Zyad el-Elaimy and journalist Hossam Moanis and at least 15 other individuals in the same case (State Security case 930/2019) he is being arbitrarily detained for his peaceful political activities. Hisham is a well-known activist and advocate for labour rights. He has also played a key role in Palestine solidarity campaigns. Hisham’s lawyers report that rather than releasing him, the Egyptian authorities are preparing a new case with the aim of extending his detention even further.  In protest at this latest move to keep him illegally detained, Hisham has announced a hunger strike. In a statement from his prison cell, he said “I decided to begin a hunger strike, starting from Saturday 10th of July, in defense of the rule of law and the right to a fair trial and to stop this endless cycle. I hope that my young family, whom I hold in love and appreciation, will understand this decision, and that my children will realize that I did not accept injustice, whether inside or outside of prison.”  After two years of detention in the inhuman conditions of Tora Prison, a hunger strike poses grave risks to Hisham’s health. We hold the Egyptian authorities responsible for his well-being and safety. The persecution of Hisham and other political activists, journalists, human rights workers and researchers unjustly detained in Egypt must end. We call for Hisham’s immediate and unconditional release and the dropping of all charges against him. The Egyptian authorities must stop using ‘pre-trial’ detention to incarcerate and silence critical voices.  Signatories include: Dáil Éireann TDs (Members of parliamentin Ireland): Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Paul MurphyPeople Before Profit Councillors: Melisa Halpin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Madeleine Johansson , South Dublin County Council, Matt Collins, Belfast City Council. Gerry Carroll, MLA, Eamonn McCann, Journalist. Maria Carvalho Dantas, Member of the Spanish Congress, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya Forty trade unionists, lawyers and campaigners from Greece (https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/2021/07/21/trade-unionists-lawyers-and-activists-from-greece-call-for-release-of-egyptian-prisoners/)

    Egypt Solidarity Initiative
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    Petitioning Prosecutor General: Arab Republic of Egypt

    Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain - Stop the repression in Egypt

    Early on Friday 18 May, Egyptian security forces stormed the house of labour lawyer and socialist activist Haitham Mohamedain, taking him away to an unknown destination. Haitham is a well-known defender of workers’ rights, and has worked tirelessly to support independent trade unionists facing state persecution for demanding better working conditions and the right to organise and strike. In addition, as Amnesty International notes, he “has been persecuted by the Egyptian authorities for his human rights work”, playing a crucial role in defending the El Nadeem Centre - which supports victims of torture and violence - from harassment and persecution by the authorities. On Saturday 19 May, Haitham appeared in court and was remanded in custody for 15 days. According to reports from human rights activists in Egypt, he is being interrogated in relation to “incitement to protest over the price of Metro tickets.” Some who allegedly protested over a recent abrupt rise in fares have been arrested and some subsequently released: others are still being held. It appears that Egypt’s security services have used the opportunity to seize Haitham Mohamedain: we believe that his arrest is designed, once again, to silence voices critical of the current military regime. We are deeply concerned for Haitham’s well-being, given the well-documented pattern of abuse and torture of detainees by Egyptian security forces. We are appalled that anyone should face detention and prosecution on charges of speaking out for basic human rights. We call on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally and for any charges against him to be dropped. Initial signatories Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT, USAElias Khoury, Novelist and Academic, LebanonProfessor Clément Mouhot, University of CambridgeIan Hodson, National President, Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union (UK)Professor Gilbert Achcar, SOAS University of London, UKProfessor James Dickins, University of LeedsProfessor Alex Callinicos, King’s College LondonProfessor Malcolm Povey, University of LeedsProfessor Khaled Fahmy, University of CambridgeDr Tim Pringle, SOAS University of London, UKDr Yasser Munif, Emerson College, Boston, USAProf. Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS University of London, UKRichard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD, Dun Laoghaire, IrelandBríd Smith, People Before Profit TD, Dublin South CentralGino Kenny, People Before Profit TD, Dublin Mid-WestGerry Carroll, People Before Profit MLA, BelfastEamonn McCann, Journalist and author, DerryDr Peadar O'Grady, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, DublinCllr Matt Collins, People Before Profit , Belfast City CouncilCllr Tina MacVeigh, People Before Profit, Dublin City CouncilCllr John Lyons, People Before Profit, Dublin City CouncilCllr Emma Hendrick, People Before Profit, South Dublin County Council.Dr John Molyneux, retired lecturer and authorDr Anne Alexander, University of Cambridge Kieran Allen, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, UCD and author.Dr Adam Hanieh, SOAS University of London, UKAlan Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, USADr. Bashir Abu-Manneh, Reader in Postcolonial Literature, University of KentProfessor Philip Marfleet, University of East LondonDr. Carlo Morelli, University of Dundee and UCU NEC memberProfessor Ziad Elmarsafy, King’s College LondonDr Nicola Pratt, University of WarwickProfessor Alfredo Saad Filho, SOAS University of LondonProf Mark Zeitoun, University of East AngliaProf John Chalcraft, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)Lorenzo Feltrin, University of WarwickProfessor Ray Bush, University of LeedsKhaled Eissa, King’s College, LondonRima Majed, American University of BeirutDr. Waseem Yaqoob, University of CambridgeDr Rasha Soliman, University of LeedsSuzan Gibril, Université libre de Bruxelles

    Egypt Solidarity Initiative
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