Target: Adly Mansour, President of Egypt and Head of the Supreme Constitutional Court
Goal: Demand the reversal of an Egyptian court’s verdict to sentence more than 500 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death
In one sweeping motion, 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. The State Department, Amnesty International, and many others have condemned the verdict as inconsistent with recognized standards of justice. Since former President Morsi was overthrown in 2013 Egypt has been rocked with ongoing violence, including numerous terrorist attacks. Many fear that this outrageous sentence will make peace even more unattainable.
The defendants were accused of attacking a police station, murdering one police officer, and attempting to kill two others. In the second and final day of the trial defense attorneys were barred from entering the courtroom and were not allowed to see the evidence being used against their clients. More than half the defendants weren’t even in the courtroom to hear the verdict.
Nearly 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters are on trial in what many see as an attempt by Egyptian authorities to destroy the group. The Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization without citing specific evidence. The group’s assets have been confiscated and many members have been subjected to unjust imprisonment and torture.
Call on the Egyptian government to give all 529 defendants in the case a fair retrial, and to cease its persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dear President Mansour,
Citizens of the world grow increasingly concerned as Egypt appears to spiral further into chaos. More than 16,000 political dissidents have been arrested since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi. Some 1,200 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have either been tried or are awaiting trial, including more than 500 recently sentenced to death in a case widely criticized by human rights groups and the U.S. State Department.
The bombings and other acts of terrorism that have rocked Egypt in the last year must be addressed. Those responsible must be brought to justice. Yet while supporters of the Brotherhood are often officially blamed for these crimes no evidence has been produced to prove their guilt. Instead the courts appear to have become what one human rights campaigner called “a tool for taking revenge” as reported by Egyptian state-run newspaper Al Ahram.
Many fear that such travesties of justice will only inspire further violence in Egypt. I urge you to give all 529 defendants sentenced to death a fair retrial and to end the persecution of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Only legitimacy and fairness can inspire confidence in government and the courts.
[Your Name Here]
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