Target: United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon
Goal: Chastise Egypt for violating international human rights laws by detaining activists
The Egyptian government recently blocked an envoy from international activist group Human Rights Watch, which was on its way to present a report detailing mass killings committed by the Egyptian police and military. Upon the activists’ arrival at Cairo International Airport, they were detained and prevented from entering the country. The activists were not given an explanation as to why they were denied entry into Egypt. The international community must take notice and condemn the government for its actions.
This is the first time that members of the Human Rights Watch organization have been denied entry into Egypt. It shows the lengths to which the new regime will go to suppress freedom of speech and expression. Egyptian authorities must respond to dissenting voices with positive action. This means allowing the country to grow through social change. Egypt has the potential to become a strong global entity, but it cannot become one without allowing basic human freedoms.
A new law being introduced in the Egyptian parliament would further restrict the influence of nongovernmental organizations operating within the country. This will further restrict the flow of non-partisan information in the country. The United Nations must act swiftly and strongly before a total collapse of human rights in Egypt. Sign this petition to call for sanctions against Egypt if significant change is not made.
Dear Secretary General Ban ki-Moon,
The Egyptian government’s decision to deny Human Rights Watch officials entry into the country is the government’s latest effort to suppress freedom of speech and expression. Egyptian authorities must be shown that the international community is serious about enforcing international human rights laws. I am afraid that if nothing is done in Egypt, a total disregard for human rights will occur.
In addition to this latest violation, the Egyptian parliament is considering a law that would further restrict the influence of nongovernmental organizations in the country, crippling civil society organizations. The Egyptian government’s actions must be met with sanctions if diplomacy is not effective. I ask that you immediately call for Egypt to respect basic human rights laws.
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