On 17 May 2015, the Egyptian government executed six people, in what is a further example in a litany of human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
It is of note that several of those executed had been imprisoned prior to the incident in question and therefore could not have been present at the scene of the offence for which they had been charged.
Further, Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President of Egypt, has been sentenced to death by the Egyptian courts following a trial that cannot be described as anything other than a farce.
We, as individuals and organizations committed to human rights and democracy, communicate this message to the international community:
By its silence or, through its tacit approval of the Egyptian government through diplomatic recognition and foreign assistance, the international community is facilitating the numerous human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime.
The commitment of the international community to the rule of law and the observance of human rights is being questioned by the peoples of the Middle-East following what can possibly be seen as a double standard.
Having been prevented from exercising their democratic rights and having their voices silenced through oppression there are those that are taking ever more extreme means. It is a natural consequence that this discontent has been seized upon and exploited by violent organizations like ISIS and similar factions.
We would urge you to consider the consequences of this support for the regime of el-Sisi and the ramifications for the citizens of Egypt.
We urge you to continue to pursue the rule of law and respect for human rights in the Middle East.
We urge you to condemn the government that ordered and approved massacres in Egypt.
We urge you to withdraw support for this regime!
- Professor Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, retired MIT Cambridge, MA, USA
- Dr. Norman Finkelstein, Teaching in the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Sakarya University in Turkey
- Toby Cadman, Barrister-at-law, Chambers of Anthony Berry QC, Founder of the International Forum for Democracy and Human Rights, U.K.
- Arun M. Gandhi, Gandhi Global Center for Peace
- Carl Buckley, Executive Director International Forum for Democracy and Human Rights, UK
- Prof. Dr. Yasin Aktay, Deputy Chairman of Foreign Relations for Justice and Development Party in Turkey
- Hacene Zitouni, Journalist, UK
- Colonel Ann Wright, Former United States Army Colonel and Retired U.S. State Department Official, USA
- Medea Benjamin, Founder, Code Pink
- Sara Flounders, CEO, International Action Center in USA
- Missy Crutchfield, Editor-in-Chief, Gandhi BE Magazine, USA
- Melissa Turner, Journalist, Gandhi BE Magazine, USA
- Yusuf Burke, CEO, Georgia chapter, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), USA
- Olivia Zémor, President of CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, France
- Mrari Abdelmajid, President of AFD International, France
- Aly R. Abuzaakouk, PhD, President the Libyan American Public Affairs Council, Elected member “Libyan Parliament”
- Laifi Kamel, PhD, Diplomacy and International Relations professor & Human Rights Activist / Paris
- Magda Mahfouz, Coalition of women for Human Rights, France
- Dr. Mohamed Mahsoob, Professor, Sorbonne University, Former minister of state for Parliamentary affairs
- Dr. Ayman Nour, Founder of the independent Ghad Party, President, Ghad El-Thawra
- Dr. Maha Azzam, President, Egyptian Revolutionary Council
- Dr. Amr Darrag, Former Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Egypt
- Dr. Essam Abdel Shafy, Professor Political Science & International Relations
- Dr. Gamal Heshmat, Chairman Egypt Parliament
- Dr. Saif Eldeen Abdel Fatah, Professor of Political Science & International Relations, Egypt
- Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Chairman, FRC, Egypt Parliament, Professor of International Relations
- Professor Safei-Eldin Hamed, Ph.D., Center for Egyptian American Relations, Washington, DC, USA
- Said Abbasy, Egyptians Americans for Democracy and Human rights, NY/NJ
- Maissa Abdelatif, Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide
- Amany Turk Hansen, Consultant at Danish Refugee Council
- Dr. Ahmed Helmy, PHD, Consultant physician, Honorary Lecturer – Queen’s University, Belfast, UK
- Sameh Shafi, Executive manager, New perspective Ltd
- Hesham Osman, DA/CFO, Columbia University, NY, USA
- Wasfy Ashour Abu Zaid, Egyptian Academic
- Sameh Elhennawy, Attorney at Law, Egyptian American for Democracy and Human Rights, Washington DC.USA
- Dr. Hisham Gadalla, Pediatrician Board member of Islamic education foundation, Egyptian American for Democracy and Human Rights, NY, USA
- Cemil Sen, World friendship organization Connecticut. USA
- Cahit Oktay, President Turkish American Media and Journalists Association (TAMJA) New York, USA
- Yosry H. Bekhiet, Engineer, New York, USA
- Muhammed Shoubir, All 4 Justice, New York. USA
- Hani Elkadi, President Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice
- Dr. Mahmoud El Sharkawy, Spokesman Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice
- Dr. Akram Alzind, Executive Director, Egyptian American for Democracy and Human Rights, Washington DC, USA
- Dr. Mohamed Helmy, Physician & University Professor, Washington, DC, USA
- Ayat Oraby, Journalist, New York. USA
- Hisham Takyeldin, Software Engineer, Sr , USA
- Dr. Hany Saqr, Chairman, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, USA
- Dr. Hussien Kashk, Secretary, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, USA
- Ahmed Shedeed, Treasurer, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights
- Ahmed Elsayed, Director of Technology Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Right – NY/NJ, USA
- Dr. Hamed Elfeky, Physician & Center for Egyptian American Relations (CEAR), Washington DC, USA
- Mostafa Ghandour, Director, Tawasol Organization for Human Rights, Holland
- Dr. Ibrahim Hussein, Washington, DC, USA
- Ahmed Afifi, German teacher and translator
- Mohamed Helal, Vice-President of the Executive Bureau, The Arab media freedom monitor and Egyptian TV presenter
- Hazem Eleskandarani, P.E., Global Director, Worldwide Engineering & Technical Operations, Johnson & Johnson
- Nahla Nasser, MBA, ESME-Sudria, Spokesperson for Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide
- Mohamed Ismail, MBA, Kennesaw University, Coordinator for Egyptians Abroad for Democracy Worldwide, Atlanta, USA
- Aly Soliman, Consulting Engineer & Activist, Washington DC. USA
- M. Nashaat Nassr, Ph.D., MPH, USA
- Amin Mahmoud, PhD, Center for Egyptian American Relations, Washington DC, USA
- Osamah Saleh, Assistant Executive Director, Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, Washington DC, USA