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Petitioning President of German University in Cairo Mahmoud Abdel Kader and 8 others

Re-instate expelled/suspended students -support rights to freedom of speech

The German University in Cairo took unprecedented actions against five of its students for protesting at the university and chanting against the military rule in Egypt following the Port Said massacre in which their colleague (Karim Khouzam) was killed. This is quite unfortunate and is an indicator of a dysfunctional university atmosphere in which the administration is suppressing students’ freedom of speech and their right to express their opinion. It also demonstrates how oblivious the administration is from the general context of human rights. Two of these students were expelled (Amr Abdel Wahab - final semester computer science and engineering student; Hassan Othman – 4th year computer science and engineering) and three more were suspended for two weeks (Ahmed Hassan, Moustafa Essa, and Abdel Hamid Mekkawi). As an administration to a university institution that is supposedly renowned internationally, it is expected that a neutral stand would be taken regarding political stands of students. Any university around the globe would be proud of such students who are expressing their opinions in a civilised manner and taking such a strong stand towards the benefit of their country. The German University in Cairo has no right imposing limitations or barriers to students’ freedom and liberty of speech. Egyptians have sacrificed a lot over the years and more so since the start of the revolution, and we shall support all those who fight for our rights and the rights of those who passed. Sign this petition, support student movements, support freedom.

This petition was delivered to:
  • President of German University in Cairo
    Mahmoud Abdel Kader
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Slim Abdennadher
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
    Laila Mahran
  • President of Ulm University
    Karl Joachim Ebeling
  • Chancellor of Stuttgart University
    Bettina Buhlmann
  • Federal Minister for Education and Research
    Annette Schavan
  • Head Office Munich
    Goethe Institut
  • Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg
    Theresia Bauer
  • President and Vice Chancellor Tubingen University
    Bernd Engler

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