Target: President Adly Mansour
Goal: Condemn the mass death sentence of 528 Morsi supporters
The Egyptian government is starting to look stark and grim when the courts handed down a grim ruling: 528 Morsi supporters would be sentenced to death for their alleged role in the ensuing violence after Morsi’s ousting. With a heavily unfair trial, and little room to debate their cases, there is little doubt that these supporters will be acquitted. The Egyptian government should be condemned for their biased and unfair justice system.
Lawyers of the defendants claimed that the presiding judges “veered away from all legal norms” and denied justice to the accused. The lawyers had little chance to argue the case and the Egyptian courts decided the case in two sessions; two sessions to decide the fate of 528 humans in one case. While more than a hundred of the defendants were present, those that weren’t were sentenced in absentia. These actions violate the international standards for a fair trial, as each defendant should be tried individually.
The new Egyptian government is targeting the Muslim Brotherhood with a vengeance, as they are known to be a terrorist group, and authorities who have shown public support for the group are swiftly punished. Activists who are also hostile to the new military backed interim government are also being targeted. Egyptians state that the government frequently hands out death sentences, but very few are followed through. However with this recent sentence, Egypt has already surpassed other countries’ use of capital punishment this year, and the country is the definitely the first to use a mass sentence that is this severe in recent years.
Human rights groups are calling this sentence foul. The Egyptian government is refusing to acknowledge the human rights abuse committed by security forces during the protests, and an adequate investigation has not been conducted into the deaths of hundreds of protesters. It is apparent that the justice system is failing and the future of Egypt is looking grim. Already 700 more supporters will be put on trial and face the same unfair proceedings. Sign this petition and condemn the new interim government for their gross violation of human rights.
Dear President Ably Mansour,
The death sentence of 528 Morsi supporters does not sit well with me. I realize that these trials were not done individually but en masse. The lawyers who were meant to argue this case were barely given a chance to debate, and in two sessions, the outcome was already decided. It is quite obvious to me that your government does not wish to grant these supporters a fair trial and that violates international standards.
I condemn your government for not adhering to these standards and ignoring human rights. I believe that those who have committed a crime should be punished if they are given a fair trial and are actually proven guilty. However with your country’s current court proceedings, I feel you have no intention of providing a fair trial and this disgusts me.
[Your Name Here]
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