Canadian and Quebec Students stand behind Egyptian Students in their struggle for Human Rights

Co-authored by:
Amnesty International Canada Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

We, the undersigned student associations and clubs, are following closely the situation in Egypt and the violation of the basic human rights of Egyptian students in universities all over Egypt since the start of the school year there in October.

Universities should be celebrated as a place for debate and dissent. Instead, student activism has been stifled and crushed. The Egyptian authorities have imposed strict security measures on campuses and used excessive force – including shooting tear gas inside buildings and firing shotguns randomly – to put down protests. At least one student in Alexandria died as a result of injuries from shotgun pellets in October, with another 90 students injured and some 200 arrested.

Any use of force in the policing of demonstrations, even when they have turned violent or are regarded by the authorities as illegal, must comply with international law.

We stand in solidarity with Egyptian students' right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly, and to a campus environment that is free from fear, intimidation and police abuse.

We call on the Canadian Government, civil society and human rights groups to exert all possible pressure on the Egyptian authorities to:

  • Drop all charges and immediately and unconditionally release all students arrested solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
  • Ensure anyone suspected of violence is tried fairly in line with international standards and only on recognizably criminal charges.
  • Hold security forces accountable for excessive use of force against protesters and bring those responsible for arbitrary or abusive force to justice.
  • Ensure that students are able to exercise the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in a safe environment on university campuses.

 

Signed by:

University Student Unions
Ryerson University - Students' Union
Ryerson University
Students' Union
University of Regina Students' Union
University of Regina
Students' Union 
University of Victoria Students' Society
University of Victoria
Students' Society
Carleton University Graduate Students' Association
Carleton University
Graduate Students' Association 
University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union
University of Toronto
Graduate Students' Union
Executive Committee
McGill PGSS
McGill University
Post-Graduate Students' Society
Deparment Student Associations

McMaster University - Department of Sociology Graduate Student Caucus
McMaster University
Department of Sociology
Graduate Student Caucus

     
University Student Clubs
Queen's University - Students for Liberty
Students for Liberty
Queen's University
 The McGill Daily
The McGill Daily
McGill University
 University of Toronto - Muslim Students' Association
Muslim Students' Association
University of Toronto
 
Queen's University Muslim Student Association
Muslim Students' Association
Queen's University
University of Regina - Muslim Students' Association
Muslim Students' Association
University of Regina
University of Manitoba - Muslim Student Association
Muslim Student Association
University of Manitoba
 Simon Fraser University - Muslim Students Association
Muslim Students Association
Simon Fraser University
 Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Calgary
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
University of Calgary
 McMaster University - Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
McMaster University
 Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at Queen's University
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
Queen's University
 Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at Queen's University
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
Concordia University
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Western University
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
Western University