Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

ECCD Statement Condemning the Attack on the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo

 

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(Ottawa, December 11, 2016) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) condemns the deadly bombing of St. Mark Coptic Christian cathedral complex in Cairo that took place this morning

ECCD regrets the loss of life of innocent Christian worshipers and consider this an attack on all Egyptians.

Ehab Lotayef, Chairperson of ECCD said, "We stand together, Muslims, Christians and all Egyptians, regardless of our beliefs, against such crimes."

About ECCDEgyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is a politically independent, non-affiliated pan Canadian organization with chapters in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, and Kingston, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

 

 

For more information:
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Mohmaed S. Kamel: (514) 863-9202

 

Ottawa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sherif Elkholy: (613) 295-3994
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Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

Call to the Press: 3 years of the Military Coup in Egypt

 

On the 3rd anniversary of the military coup d'état staged by General Sisi against Egypt's first democratically elected president we are inviting you to a press conference in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

What: Press conference
When: 2PM, Sunday July 3rd, 2016
Where: In front of the Egyptian Embassy
454 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6R3

For the last 3 years Egypt has been ruled by a dictatorship hiding behind an unconvincing veil of democracy. It is suffering from a financial meltdown, a total disregard to human rights and a politicized judicial system.

The speakers will speak about the continued resistance to the coup, inside and out of Egypt and expose its crimes and violations focusing on the role Canada can play to defend democracy and justice in Egypt.

Present in the Press conference

Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada
Ahmed Abdelkader, Vice-president of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD)
Mohamed Sherif Kamel, Secretary General of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC)

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About ECCDEgyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is a politically independent, non-affiliated pan Canadian organization with chapters in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, and Kingston, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

 

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

ECCD Letter to Italian Ambassador in Ottawa: Justice demanded in the case of Italian student Giulio Regeni

 

April 10th, 2016

Andrea Meloni, Ambassador
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RE: Justice demanded in the case of Italian student Giulio Regeni

Dear Ambassador Andrea Meloni:
We, as well as many Canadians of Egyptian origin, have been following with horror and outrage the news about the murder of Giulio Regeni and the ensuing investigation by Egyptian authorities.

No words can adequately express our heartfelt empathy and deep sorrow for Giulio's demise. At the least, may we respectfully ask that you convey our sincere condolences to Paola, his mother, his family and loved ones and the people of Italy.

In addition to our deep sadness, we are troubled by the way the investigation into Giulio's kidnapping, torture and killing has evolved. Unfortunately, this is not a unique case as Egyptian authorities claim. Hundreds of Egyptian youth have been disappeared since the 2013 coup d'état by General Abdel Fattah Al Sissi.

We unreservedly support the demand for a comprehensive and transparent international investigation and a request that those responsible, no matter what their rank, bear the full extent of the international law for their heinous acts against Giulio.

We are aware of Italy's economic investments in Egypt, nonetheless we are certain that your government will not dilute its quest for justice for the sake of such interests. Italy will be doing the right thing, not only to Giulio's memory but also to all those Egyptians who have known the same deplorable treatment and tragic fate.
We and a large number of Egyptian people are watching Giulio's case with great anticipation. We are certain that your government will prove to be a guiding light for the sanctity of life and respect of the law. Meanwhile, I assure you that Giulio's name will remain in our thoughts and our hearts till justice is done and far beyond.

Sincerely yours,

 

Samaa Elibyari
Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy
Political Committee
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Phone: (514) 805-3220
www.eccd.ca

Cc: Ehab Lotayef
Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy
Chairman

 

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

Press Release: ECCD denounces Egypt's faulty parliamentary elections, calls for boycott

 

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(Ottawa, October 16, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) calls on all Egyptians to boycott the faulty parliamentary elections called by the military ruler Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


For Egyptian Canadians there cannot be a more sharp contrast than this tale of two elections. For the last several weeks, Egyptian Canadians have been witnessing and participating in an open and democratic electoral process in Canada. The positions of Canada's political parties run the gamut of the full political spectrum. Canadian citizens are free to organize, campaign, express their opinions, and vote their conscience without threat to life or liberty.

In contrast, thousands have been murdered by the military regime in Egypt, and tens of thousands have been imprisoned under conditions of torture and without recourse to a credible legal process. The main opposition leaders have been imprisoned, some have been sentenced to death in trials widely condemned as sham and farcical and all political opposition has been curtailed.

These so-called elections are fatally flawed in every way possible:

  • The "elections" are being called by a military regime that came to power by overthrowing the first freely elected government in Egypt's history
  • In carrying out their violent coup the military regime abrogated the will of the people expressed in five free and fair democratic polls
  • The "elections" are being held with the main opposition outlawed, its leaders sentenced to death, its followers arrested and tortured, and numerous citizens executed by death squads on suspicion of belonging to the opposition
  • The "elections" are being held while the country is under martial law
  • The "elections" are being held after the military dictator expressed disdain for the laws that exist; Sisi has stated that "in good faith" the constitution gave too much power to Parliament, indicating that the powers of any "elected" parliament will be curtailed

"Governments and NGOs that participate in this fraudulent process, in any manner including monitoring the elections, discredit their commitment to democracy and human rights," said ECCD chairperson, Ehab Lotayef. "They would be providing political cover for the criminal regime in power today in Egypt." he continued.

ECCD calls upon all governments and NGOs to distance themselves from this "election" in respect for the sanctity of the blood that has been shed over the last four years, and still is, and to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women standing up to Sisi's oppression.

ECCD stands with the courageous free Egyptians who continue to struggle to regain their revolution and achieve its goals. For them and for our beloved Egypt we call on all to boycott Sisi's charade of an election.

About ECCDEgyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is a politically independent, non-affiliated pan Canadian organization with chapters in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver, and Kingston, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

For more information:
www.eccd.ca
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Mohmaed S. Kamel: (514) 863-9202

Ottawa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sherif Elkholy: (613) 295-3994
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Vancouver: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tarek Ramadan: (604) 721-4555
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Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

Open Letter from ECCD to Mexican Ambassador to Canada

 

September 15th 2015

Mr Ambassador Francisco Suárez Dávila,
First Secretary Mr. Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe:

I am writing on behalf of members of Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) to express our deepest sorrow and most sincere condolences to the families of the Mexican tourists killed by the Egyptian Security forces while visiting recently the Bahariya oasis in Egypt.

I also wish to express in the name of our members our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured in this reckless attack.

At ECCD, we join our voices to the those of the Mexican authorities demanding a thorough, swift and independent investigation. This tragic incident involving the Mexican tourists and their guides brings to light to the whole world, what we as an organization having been decrying, namely the extent of brutality and lack of accountability of the Egyptian security forces.

The present Egyptian government of Abdel Fateh El-Sissi, who seized power in a military coup by removing the first elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi July 3 2013, has proven his incapacity to rule judiciously the country or to provide adequate security for Egyptians and tourists alike.

Please convey our heartfelt thoughts to the family of the Mexican victims.

With our respectful regards,

 

Ehab Lotayef
Chairman, Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy
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Phone: (514) 941-9792
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