Egypt: Stop Mass Executions!

Message to The United Nations, European Union, United States, and all Democratic and Free countries

There are growing concerns that the government of Egypt intends to execute Egypt’s first ever democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi in the coming weeks. Mr. Morsi along with hundreds of political opponents received the death sentence following what major international human rights organizations described as a hopelessly flawed and politically motivated trials that ignored acceptable minimum international standards.

President Morsi was ousted during the illegal military coup led by the then Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and has been imprisoned ever since. President Morsi’s death sentence and the impending execution of countless others (students, women, religious scholars, politicians, and academics) involved in working for democracy in Egypt presents a sobering example of the escalating violence and continual human rights abuses perpetrated against the Egyptian people since the Fourth Anniversary of the January 25 Egyptian Revolution earlier this year.

The mass executions is effectively a clear testimony for the death and end of democracy, freedom, respect for human rights, and justice in Egypt. The mass death sentences stand contrary to the principles that the Egyptian Revolution has promoted over the last four years, and it highlight the end in Egypt of the very principles that the international community stands for. We must not stand silently witnessing freedom and democracy being stripped away from the people of Egypt.

Failure to stop this tyranny now will result in further chaos and instability running rampant throughout Egypt and across the Middle East. Those who have seen their hopes and dreams for democracy shattered will now become easy targets for ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other militant groups, who on a daily basis increase their threat around the world by capitalizing on the frustrations of the oppressed.

The mass emigration of refugees that we see now will only increase as peoples seek to flee authoritarian regimes and militancy. It will therefore have a direct and immediate consequence on the international community.

The negative consequences of Morsi and hundreds of anti-coup activists being executed and the effect of an increasingly authoritarian regime cannot be underestimated. This is not a problem that affects an area of the Middle East many thousands of miles away; it is a problem that directly affects each and every nation.

We, as individuals and organizations committed to human rights and democracy, therefore communicate this message to the international community and demand an immediate action.

By its silence, tacit approval of the Egyptian government, or diplomatic recognition and foreign assistance, the international community is in effect facilitating the numerous human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime and lending credibility to a murderous regime.

The peoples of the Middle East following what can possibly be seen as a double standard are as a result now questioning the commitment of the international community to the rule of law and the observance of human rights. Such double standards could enable exploitations of the discontented youth by violent groups such as ISIS and others.

We would urge you to withdraw support for the current brutal regime of el-Sisi. We demand an immediate end to state violence against dissidents and an independent investigation of the flagrant and massive human rights violations, torture, rape and inhumane detention conditions of political prisoners in Egypt.

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