Symbolic Protest In DC Against Egypt’s Human Rights Violations
|Saturday, April 28,2007 12:38|
|By Khaled Salam|
Tens of human rights activists and American Muslims gathered on Friday April 27th in front of the Egyptian Embassy in
The protest, which drew activists from around
In his speech, Mahdi Bray the director of MASFF expressed concern over the deteriorating climate of human rights violations in
At the end of the protest, a delegation from the protest"s organizers tried to deliver a letter expressing their concerns to the Egyptian embassy, however, embassy officials declined to receive letter.
Friday"s protest is part of a larger campaign launched by MASFF to call the American people and public officials’ attention to
Delegation meets with Egyptian and
The MAS Freedom Foundation, along with national leaders from other human rights and peace organizations, met with Egyptian embassy officials and U.S. State Department representatives in separate meetings on April 24th to express deep concerns over growing attacks on civil society dissidents and government opponents in
Members of the delegation included Mahdi Bray, the MAS Freedom Foundation Executive Director, Ibrahim Ramey, the Human and Civil Rights Director of the Freedom Foundation, Jean Stokan, National Policy Director of Pax Christi USA, and long-time national civil rights leader and former member of congress Walter Fauntroy.
The delegation pointed out to both State Department and Embassy officials evidence collected from numerous U.S. and international human rights organizations, as well at the State Department, all accusing the Egyptian government of systematic violations of the human rights of political opponents, dissidents, journalists, and students.
“We are especially outraged over the attempts to undermine the independence of the judicial system in Egypt, the growing use of military tribunals in Egypt, and the many reported incidents of sexual abuse, including rape, of women detained by Egyptian security forces” added Imam Bray.
The delegation also mentioned the enormous commitment of U.S. tax dollars to Egypt (now $1.7 billion a year), and the obligation of taxpayers in the United States to insure that this aid not be used to support the broad attack on human rights evidenced by the recent conduct of the Mubarak government.
The MAS Freedom Foundation is planning to meet in the near future with U.S. congressional leaders on the issue, and a high-level MAS Freedom Foundation delegation, made up of U.S. religious and civil rights leaders, may also visit Egypt later this Spring.