Target: President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Goal: Call on the newly-elected president to commit to improving human rights in Egypt
Now that a new president has been sworn in, it is time for Egypt’s leaders to step up and improve human rights in the country. Many of Egypt’s citizens are silenced through intimidation or have been sentenced to death via mass trials. These heinous violations must stop, and the Egyptian President should set an example with a strong commitment to human rights.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have both said that the human rights crisis in Egypt is “as dire as in any period in the country’s modern history.” Since the July 3, 2013 ousting of former-president Mohamed Morsi the government has frequently resorted to use of excessive force to oppress people, in some cases sinking as low as extrajudicial killings. The purpose of ousting Morsi was to improve living conditions in Egypt, however it seems like the country is stepping back from earlier commitments as government forces continue to arrest, detain and even torture innocent citizens.
Alongside this violence the Egyptian government has heavily restricted freedom of speech, press and assembly. These freedoms are ones long-sought by Egyptians and yet the government still refuses to grant them. Refugees, too, have been targeted for discrimination and other rights violations.
The new president should release prisoners arrested solely for exercising their rights. The government has no right to detain these people, even if their ideals do not match with those of the current political leadership. The Egyptian government should also ensure that credible, transparent investigations are conducted instead of parading citizens through mass trials. With the president’s support, Egypt can become a better place for its citizens.
Dear President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
As you begin your term as President of Egypt, congratulations are in order. However there remains a dire situation–a human rights crisis–in your country. Citizens exercising their right to freedom of speech and assembly are being detained by government authorities. Many citizens have then been herded through mass trials, which have already sentenced hundreds of people to death. These violations cannot continue if you want to keep your people happy.
I demand an improvement to the human rights situation in your country. Your citizens should be able to exercise their rights without fear of prosecution. To ensure this your citizens must be tried on an individual basis rather than en masse, and the use of repressive use of violence by military and police forces must end.
[Your Name Here]
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