U.S. citizen Mohamed Soltan is wrongfully imprisoned in Egypt and on hunger strike. Mr. Soltan is at risk of receiving life imprisonment tomorrow on trumped up charges and for so-called “crimes” that are not recognized under international standards and human rights law.
Will the Obama Administration do more than just privately push for his release? There is no indication that Egyptian officials are going to resolve his case in a positive manner without increased public pressure.
Read our Amnesty International letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry.
Mr. Soltan is a dual US-Egypt national who was arrested in August 2013 as part of a sweeping crackdown on supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. During his wrongful imprisonment, he had to undergo a medical procedure by a cellmate without anesthesia or sterilization to remove the supporting metal pins from his arm. Prison authorities had refused to have him transferred to a hospital to receive proper medical care.
Amnesty International’s full statement.
Harvard Kennedy School Review
By Sanjeev Bery
On January 1 of this year, few would have predicted that Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak would soon be removed from office. But just three weeks later, thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to begin the push for change. In the aftermath of Tunisia’s political shakeup, Egyptian citizens called for an end to the authoritarian regime that controlled their lives. Never before had Mubarak faced such a massive challenge. After decades of torture, corruption, and fraudulent elections, the Western world’s favorite “moderate” dictator was about to be removed from power.
Looking back, there were key underlying political conditions that made this popular revolt possible. After enduring some 25 years of dictatorship, Egyptian activists had already broken the taboo of publicly challenging Mubarak’s regime in 2004 and 2005. And with the dictator’s ailing health, the Egyptian public faced the specter of a 2011 handoff of power from the father to his son, Gamal Mubarak. Trapped between a dictator and the heavy US investments that supported his regime, the Egyptian public was ready for the Tunisian spark that inspired them to action.
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Peaceful Demonstration in Front of the White House
Supporting Democracy & Human Rights in Egypt
Organized by: The Alliance of Egyptian Americans, Voices for a Democratic Egypt, Houkouk Alnas, International Quranic Center, Coptic Assembly of America, and Ibn Khaldun Center For Development Studies
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009
11 am to 4 pm
Between Madison Avenue and 15th Street
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