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.
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