Target: President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
Goal: Encourage Egypt’s new president to make human rights a priority
In 2011, Egyptian activists toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in an attempt to instill democracy in their country. In the years leading up to the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt has been rife with human rights abuses. The country was even recently condemned by the United Nations for its atrocious crimes. Tell the new president to uphold human rights such as free speech and fair trials during his term, as these are the rights for which Egyptian activists fought so hard.
In the three years leading up to the new president’s election, Egypt has experienced profound changes. Military rule was put in place where soldiers detained, beat, and tortured many innocent citizens. It took years for a new government to be put in place, and even now many are still suffering. Citizens are not just being detained or hurt, they are also denied freedom of speech, barred from fair trials, and executed. The Egyptian people are powerless against many of these acts, as the military quickly and violently quells uprisings.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is now being observed by the entire world. Many countries know of the revolts and riots that took place in Egypt, and what the activists fought and died for. With thousands of political opponents rotting in prison, the Egyptian people are becoming angry and restless.
Positive change is desperately needed in Egypt. The political detainees need to be released. The use of excessive force by security forces, the detainments, the arrests, and the killings need to stop. Free speech needs to be granted to all citizens, and all criminals need to receive a fair and transparent trial. Tell President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to grant all of these human rights at once, so Egypt and its people can start to mend.
Dear President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,
In the past four years, Egypt has experienced chaos and turmoil. The youth of your nation have demanded a democratic country where they are able to express their ideals and opinions without persecution. Instead, thousands of Egyptian citizens are rotting away in prisons,and thousands more are being needlessly killed. This is wrong, and will do nothing to change Egypt for the better.
Egypt was recently condemned by the United Nations for its blatant human rights abuses. I urge you to rectify this by supporting free speech and fair trials. Stop the detainment of political opponents and the killing of the innocent. You are supposed to sow the seeds of positive change among your people, not fear.
[Your Name Here]
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