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  • Egypt
  • P50

Violations of the rights of university students to engage in lawful, peaceful activism

Letter to Egyptian President Husni Mubarak and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Hany Mahfouz Helal expressing grave concern over numerous recent violations of the rights of university students to engage in lawful, peaceful activism. According to numerous media reports, university security officers and administrators systematically suppressed student activities prior to student union elections on October 18. Students have been verbally abused, beaten, detained, arrested, and suspended.

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Protesting the dismissal of Mr. Ahmad Galal

Letter to Suez Canal University President al-Zoghby protesting the dismissal of Mr. Ahmad Galal, a student in his final year in the Faculty of Medicine. Last April Mr. Galal was the victim of a severe beating by the University Security Forces (USF) for distributing a magazine on campus. Rather than protest against this flagrant violation of academic freedom, a University Disciplinary Committee issued a suspension order against Mr. Galal. No disciplinary action is known to have been taken against the members of the USF involved in the incident.

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Hearings, suspensions, and arrests of university student activists

Letter to His Excellency Muhammad Husni Mubarak regarding hearings, suspensions, and arrests of university students belonging to the Kifaya movement or the Muslim Brotherhood. [Previous letter sent May 7, 2007]

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Concerns regarding the arrest of Professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim and staff members of the Ibn Khaldun Center

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to express concerns regarding the arrest of Professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim and staff members of the Ibn Khaldun Center; voiced distress both at the manner in which the trial was conducted by the Supreme Security Court, and the unduly harsh sentences imposed on Professor Ibrahim and his colleagues.

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Urge public commitment to defend academic freedom in Egypt

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to urge a public commitment to defend academic freedom in Egypt and the free flow of information and ideas, in response to reports of increasing censorship and book-banning by the Ministry of Information.

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Order to the American University in Cairo prohibiting the use of the book Muhammad

Letter to President Hosni Mubarak regarding an order to the American University in Cairo prohibiting the use of the book Muhammad, a classic text by Maxime Robinson. A student circulated a petition and a journalist published an article in the 13 May 1998 issue of al-Ahram, stating that the book contained passages that insult Islamic beliefs and ridicule the Holy Book.

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Arrest and abuse of `Ayn Shams University student

Letter to Egyptian authorities protesting the arrest and treatment of Basil Ramsis who was severely beaten by agents of the State Security Investigations Department during his arrest and unlawful detention and interrogated at SSI headquarters for participation in peaceful protests.

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Campaign against Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies

Letter to al-Ahram regarding the actions of the Egyptian Press attacking the Ibn Khaldun Center in connection with the Conference on the UN Declaration on Minorities and People of the Arab World and Middle East to have been held in Cairo.

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Government dissolution of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association

Letter to the Egyptian President expressing concern over the government’s decision to dissolve the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA), a group that brings together Arab and foreign scholars to examine issues related to the status of women in the Arab world. AWSA is an internationally recognized organization and its closure will contribute to the restriction of intellectual freedom in Egypt.

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