US scholar calls on Mubarak to end unjustified attacks on students
|Wednesday, October 20,2010 10:21|
A letter sent to President Mubarak by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America a major American academic association devoted to Middle East studies has indicated that it viewed with grave concern the numerous recent violations against students on several Egyptian university campuses. The letter called on Mubarak to investigate what it described as "unlawful acts" committed by security forces against the Egyptian university students. It cites:
The letter ended with an appeal by the organization stressing:
"We urge you to investigate these unlawful acts, to put an end to them, to release arrested students, and to reinstate suspended students. The Egyptian government has maintained that “Egypt is currently undergoing a process of reform aimed at broadening political participation, ensuring freedom of expression in all its forms, upholding human rights, and empowering and enabling women and the civil society organizations to participate fully and effectively in public life.” ("Political Reform in Egypt,” Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C.). We call on you to lift all restrictions on students’ peaceful participation in public life”.
The letter was sent to numerous college deans and professors in Egypt.
The letter, sent by Roger Allen MESA President and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania called on the Egyptian government to release the arrested students and reinstate suspended students. It described the measures as a breach to the law with references to the articles stipulated in the constitution: