Letter to Suez University President Maher Musbah protesting the current investigation and informal suspension without pay of Dr. Mona Prince who is accused by one of her students of expressing untoward sentiments about Islam during a class discussion about the problem of sectarian tensions in Egypt.
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.
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.
Letter to His Excellency Muhammad Husni Mubarak and Dr. Hany Mahfouz Helal regarding violations of academic freedom on Egyptian university campuses.
Letter to Dr. Hany Mahfouz Helal and His Excellency Nabil Fahmy regarding the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education delay in replying to the US Fulbright Commission.
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]
Letter to Husni Mubarak regarding the AUC Book Ban.
Letter to Amina Hamza Mahmoud al-Guindy, Minister or Social Affairs and Insurance regarding the New Woman Institution registering with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
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.
Letter to President Hosni Mubarak to express concern over the June 30 arrest and imprisonment of the professor and several of his associates from the research institute he directs, the Ibn Khaldun Center.
Response letter by John D. Gerhart to concern about threats to academic freedom at AUC as a result of the ongoing controversy over the inclusion of Muhammad Choukri's novel, Al-Khubz Al-Hafi, in a freshman seminar on Arabic literature and urges maintenance of AUC’s tradition of academic freedom.
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.
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.
Letter to Egyptian authorities regarding the arrest of Dr. Ahmad al-Ahwaney and continued detention on the charges of preparing documents for distribution to destabilize public order despite his denial of these charges.
Letter to Egyptian Authorities regarding the arrest and imprisonment of university professors accused of founding the illegal political party al-Wasat.
Letter to Egyptian Authorities regarding the court ruling divorcing Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and his wife Professor Ibtihal Yunis against their wills on the grounds that he is an apostate and not eligible to be married to a Muslim woman.
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.
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.
Letter to the President of Cairo University regarding the denial of full professorship for Nasir Hamid Abi Zayd and encouraging an investigation into the case in order to reopen the consideration for promotion in order to ensure that intellectual freedom is upheld by Cairo University.
Letter to the Egyptian President regarding the decree to dissolve the AWSA being upheld in the Judicial Courts and refused to grant an injunction to allow AWSA to continue operating while awaiting the outcome of its appeal. (See 18/2/1992; 16/9/1991)
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.