When he lived in Sudan, Faisal Haroun advised his fellow Darfuris to unite and demand recognition of their rights. As the political situation worsened in Sudan, Faisal fled government harassment and traveled to Egypt. But in Egypt, he faced similar persecution.
Faisal was targeted by the Sudanese Embassy in Egypt for his political activism, and soon Egyptian authorities got in on the act. This past January, Faisal was arrested in Egypt, along with his older brother.
His older brother has been released. But Faisal has not been heard from since, essentially "disappeared" by the Egyptian government.
This is not only a violation of Faisal's civil and political rights, it shows that Egyptian authorities have no respect for the rule of law, and are all too willing to do the dirty work of repressive forces in Sudan -- targeting political activists within their own borders.
Send a message to the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights, the Egyptian Minister of the Interior, and the Egyptian Minister of Justice, urging them to treat Faisal with dignity and ensure his legal rights. Among other things, Faisal deserves the right to have access to legal counsel, he has the right to be freed from detention, and he has the right to live free of harassment from authorities.
Faisal's work in Darfur saved lives. The Egyptian government shouldn't be punishing Faisal for that work. Please take action now.
- National Council For Human Rights
- Minister of the Interior
General Habib Ibrahim Habib El Adly
- Minister of Justice
Mr. Mamdoh Mohie E-din Marie
In January 2010, Egyptian authorities arrested and detained Faisal Haroun, an activist from Darfur who had fled government repression in Sudan and traveled to Egypt. Since his arrest in Egypt, Egyptian authorities have provided him no access to legal rights, and he has not been heard from by the international community since.
If Egypt is at all concerned about its reputation in the international community, I urge you to begin to provide Faisal Haroun with his legal rights now. Among other things, Faisal Haroun is entitled to a right to legal counsel, he's entitled to be freed from detention without specific charges, and he's entitled to be free from harassment by government authorities.
Simply put, Faisal Haroun should not be punished by Egyptian authorities for his work on behalf of human rights in Darfur. I urge you to release him from detention immediately, and ensure his legal rights. Anything less will show that Egypt is not a serious player in the international community when it comes to human rights, and will certainly indicate that Egypt is much more comfortable working with repressive forces in Sudan rather than ensuring human rights for refugees within its borders.
Thank you for your time.
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