Freed Activist Asks You to Help Release Others Still Detained in Egypt’s Jails
|Sunday, July 2,2006 00:00|
|By Hossam el-Hamalawy, Arabist|
A message from Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, an award-winning Egyptian blogger who was detained on May 7 for participating in a demonstration in solidarity with reformist judges, and released on June 20, after much international attention and pressure, including an appeal from Human Rights First.
"I write to you as a free man. But many of my friends and fellow human rights activists are still in detention, and need your help.
Mohammed al-Sharqawi and Karim al-Sha’ir were detained in Cairo on May 25, while taking part in a demonstration commemorating the anniversary of police violence against journalists and protestors the previous year. Only two days before the protest, both Mohammed and Karim had been released from prison for their earlier participation in protests. They were forcefully taken away by groups of plain clothed security officers, and beaten. Mohammed al-Sharqawi was later tortured and sexually harassed by security officers.
They remain unjustly imprisoned and subjected to torture and ill-treatment for criticizing the lack of democratic freedoms in Egypt. Mohammed has smuggled letters from his prison cell that were published on his blog which describe the torture and sexual abuse that he has suffered, and he continues to be denied necessary medical care.
alaa Seif, the leftist blogger who has recently come out of prison, is appealing to you to help release his friends Mohamed Sharqawi and Kareem el-Sha3er.
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