Target: Interim President Adly Mansour
Goal: Uphold freedom of association in Egypt
The Egyptian government recently placed a ban on the activities of the April 6 movement, which is an activist group established in 2008 whose core concerns are freedom of speech, nepotism in the government, and the country’s stagnant economy. Placing such a ban violates the group’s freedom of speech and association, and such a ridiculous order should be overturned immediately.
Egypt’s Court of Urgent Matters ruled that the group’s activities should cease immediately because they were involved in espionage, and defamed Egypt’s image abroad. There is concern that the interim authorities will criminalize other peaceful activities the group conducts. April 6 is a group with 70,000 members who are predominantly young and educated. Their Facebook page hosts a variety of heated debate and discussions, and are updated regularly.
Unfortunately, the government has made it a campaign to quash all peaceful dissent. Founding members of April 6, Ahmed Maher and Mohammad Adel, along with a third activist Ahmed Douma, were sentenced for three years for violating a ridiculous and repressive protest law and assaulting police officers. Their appeal was rejected. The group has been blamed for tarnishing the image of Egypt, sedition, and working with “foreign hands.”
Despite reestablishing a new government, Egypt continues to violate human rights. Recently, the death sentence of more than 500 people has sparked outrage internationally, and it seems like the government will continue to silence peaceful protesters. Aside from this ban on April 6, there are other repressive protest laws, like allowing authorities to ban protests for vague reasons. These laws and bans must stop. Sign this petition and tell the interim president of Egypt to remove this ban immediately so the people of Egypt can express their views freely.
Dear Adly Mansour,
I am writing this letter to demand that your government remove the ban on the activist group April 6. Such a ban violates a human’s right to freedom of speech and association and this group has behaved peacefully.
I find it ridiculous that your government feels the need to silence the activities of this group. The majority of this group is peaceful and conduct discussions of the social and political aspects of their country. Your nation’s own constitution supports freedom of speech and association, so I don’t understand why Egypt is feeling threatened by this group. You shouldn’t be punishing your citizens because of what they say, you should be punishing them for what they’ve done.
[Your Name Here]
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