End Egyptian Crackdown On Organizations Promoting Democracy And Human Rights

Target: Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the de facto ruler of Egypt

Goal: To convince the Egyptian government to stop putting pro-democracy advocates on trial in the spirit of free speech.

As we are just past the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Egypt’s new government officials are proving themselves to be nearly as repressive as the last. This week, Egyptian officials announced that 43 non-governmental organization (NGO) workers will be put on trial. Most of these NGOs are pro-democracy, and some consider this an attack on attempts of democratization in Egypt. The Egyptian government, however, claims that these individuals have been referred for trial for allegedly receiving funds from foreign nations.

This allegation was based off of a leaked cable which described meetings between Egyptian NGO activists and American diplomats. The cable, however–which is available online through Wikileaks–bears no mention of funding whatsoever. This is a clear attempt to make the Egyptian public mistrustful of the NGOs. While the NGOs admit to meeting with American diplomats, they fiercely deny receiving funds.

Of the 43 people accused, 29 are not Egyptian. 19 are American citizens, and this event will surely add to tensions that have been building between the United States and Egyptian governments. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned Egypt’s foreign minister that failure to resolve the dispute may lead to the loss of American aid.

Since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian generals have taken control of the government. The new government of Egypt has received much criticism from their own citizens, but the government has been quick to brush aside their concerns and depict the protesters as receiving foreign funds. Sign this petition to tell Mohamed Hussein Tantawi that it is important for NGO activists to not be silenced.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mohamed Hussein Tantawi,

We are writing due to our concern about Egypt’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists. As Egypt is still recovering from conflict and still developing as a nation, it is important that every voice is heard. While Egyptians often exercise their right to protest, your government has dismissed many of their concerns.

Specifically, we are concerned about the 43 members of non- governmental organizations that have been put on trial. They are clearly being targeted for being pro-democracy, and prosecution against them will certainly bring more tension to your important alliance with the United States. We are urging you to reconsider your position on the prosecution of pro-democracy activists.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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