Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

Press Release: Egyptian Canadians Condemn Today's Verdict Against Mohamed Fahmy and Other Al Jazeera Journalists

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(Ottawa, August 29, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) condemns today's verdict that sentenced Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy along with two other Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 years in prison. A court in Cairo convicted Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste for allegedly spreading false news, aiding a terrorist organization, and working without a license.

"The verdict confirms that the Harper government's unconditional support of coup regime provides a green light for the Egyptian regime to continue its oppression even against Canadian citizens," said Ehab Lotayef, ECCD's Board Chair. "Today's conviction is part of the ongoing human rights violations which range from lack of due process to targeted assassinations," added Mr. Lotayef. 

Considering the reputation of Egyptian prisons, the Canadian government ought to be extremely concerned about the well being of Mr. Fahmy, a Canadian citizen. According to Human Rights Watch report, the Egyptian authorities have jailed more than 41,000 people since the 2013 July 3rd military coup.  At least seventy of those detainees have since died in custody due to torture and medical negligence, according to a report by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK.

In view of today's latest travesty of justice by the Egyptian judicial system, ECCD calls upon Mr. Harper and the Canadian government to abide by Canadian values and take a principled position. ECCD calls upon the Canadian government to publicly, and in no uncertain terms, condemn and contest the verdict and utilize all possible means to free Mohamed Fahmy and facilitate his return to Canada.

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.

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Egyptian Canadians Condemn Recent Violence in Egypt

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(Ottawa, July 2, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) condemns in the strongest terms the unprovoked assassination of thirteen Egyptian political activists, including former parliamentarian Nasr Alhafie, at the hands of Egyptian Security Forces. ECCD equally condemns the regime's heedless strategy in dealing with our people in the Sinai peninsula.

While we unequivocally condemn violence, it must be emphasized that the regime's indiscriminate excessive use of force and its marginalization of our people in Sinai is what lead to the creation of a culture of violence that claimed the lives of 117 Egyptians on July 1st 2015 alone. Similarly, we hold the coup regime responsible for the cultivating the seeds of violence that claimed the life of Egypt's public prosecutor. Although the perpetrators are yet to be identified, the killing of the public prosecutor is used as a reason to legislate further violations of the rule of law by hastily issuing a set of new unconstitutional amendments intended to expedite the execution of President Morsi and hundreds of other political dissidents.

The regime of General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi who came to power after a military coup on July 3rd 2013, has this time truly crossed all lines and boundaries. This is no longer a charade of legal proceedings leading to politically motivated death sentences. El-Sisi has turned Egypt into a full fledged republic of fear where political opponents are assassinated in their homes while the world watches.
We strongly question the Canadian government's position and its continued support to El-Sisi's regime which continues to embarrass our government by refusing to allow Mohamed Fahmy, the Canadian Journalist, to return to Canada. Furthermore, we as Egyptian Canadians are appalled by the ongoing RCMP initiative to train the Egyptian security forces, the same forces that executed 13 political activists in their homes without any trial or due process.

Although our previous calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears, as Canadian Citizens we once again call upon Mr. Harper and Mr. Nicholson to denounce their support of General El-Sissi and his police thugs, and issue a statement to condemn the recent atrocities. If not for upholding our Canadian values of democracy, we ask them to do so in the name of Canada's long term foreign interest, which can never be served by supporting a blood thirsty tyrant who assassinates his own people to silence dissent.

We call on the Egyptian people to hold on to their dream of the January 25th revolution. The recent assassinations are but signs of a crumbling regime that lost touch with reality and still thinks that the Egyptian people can be subjugated to a tyrannical rule. The giant has been awakened, the revolution continues, and free democratic Egypt will be a reality.

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.

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ECCD rejects the ratification of the death sentence for Dr. Mohamed Morsi and five leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood

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(Ottawa, June 17, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) rejects and strongly condemns the decision of an Egyptian court on June 16th 2015, to uphold the death sentence imposed on President Mohamed Morsi and dozens of his supporters.

The death sentences Of May 16th 2015 handed down to President Morsi and more than one hundred other defendants, were slammed by human rights organizations as the latest blatant violation of the international principles of due process and the rule of law by the regime of General Abdel Fattah El-Sissi who came to power after a military coup July 3rd 2013.

While political leaders around the globe strongly condemned the mass death sentences, the Canadian government has so far chosen to remain silent and continued to lend moral and financial support to the Egyptian regime.

We call upon Mr. Harper and Mr. Nicholson to uphold our Canadian values of democracy and denounce the attempt of General El-Sissi and his accomplices to extinguish the flame of January 25th peaceful revolution by killing the first President Egyptians had chosen in the only democratic election in Egypt's recent history.

We stand with the people of Egypt in their struggle to free themselves and their land from the tyrannical rule of the blood thirsty General El-Sissi and his military and police apparatus. Irrespective of any reservations on his performance during his term in office, we salute President Morsi and his co-accused for their courageous principled positions and commitment to January 25th ideals: bread, freedom, and social justice. The revolution continues....

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.

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Egyptian Canadians Condemn Death Sentence for Egypt's First Democratically Elected President and Dozens of Others

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(Ottawa, May 16, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy condemned in the strongest terms today's Egyptian court decision to sentence to death Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi along with 105 others including the former speaker of the country's first freely elected Parliament. The charges against Morsi and others relate to the breakdown of some of Egypt's political prisons in the turmoil created at the beginning of the 2011 revolution.

"These verdicts are just the latest in attempts to crush opposition to the military junta in Egypt. No country can thrive with such rampant injustice. We are calling on people and governments around the world to stand for justice in Egypt and demand the immediate release of Mr. Morsi and others wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Egypt." said ECCD spokesperson, Deena Abul Fottouh.
In another verdict involving dubious allegations of espionage, 16 other opponents of the current military junta were sentenced to death including Dr. Emad Shahin, a professor of political science and Sondos Asem. Ms. Asem is a 27 year old student of governance at Oxford University.

These mass death sentences come on the heels of two other significant developments in the obliteration of opposition: (a) an Egyptian court issued ban of the activities of all soccer fan clubs (known as the Ultras) who are known for their political opposition to the country's ousted former dictator, Mubarak and (b) the death of student, Anas Kamal after a one-month coma. Anas was beaten at Cairo University by security guards taking aim at any expression of opposition to the military junta.

"These open and blatant disregards for human and democratic rights cannot lead to long-term stability in Egypt or the region. The current coup regime in Egypt has proven it is incapable of bringing either stability or democracy to the country. Western governments must acknowledge this reality and act." added Ms. Abul Fottouh.

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

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Egyptian Canadians call on government, civil society to prevent pending executions of 7 Egyptians convicted of crimes they could not have committed


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(Ottawa, April 4, 2015) The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) calls upon the Canadian government, international community and civil society to intervene to prevent the execution of Egyptian civilians. Seven civilians were convicted in Egypt for a crime committed months after they had been detained by the military regime. The death sentences were recently confirmed by an Egyptian military court and execution may occur at any time.


Civilians sentenced included a minor and related to crime occurring after their detention

On March 24th 2015, the Military Court rejected the appeal and confirmed the death sentence for seven Egyptian civilians. The death sentences were first issued on October 21st 2014 for participation in attacks on a police van and army checkpoint that occurred on March 19, 2014. The individuals convicted sentenced to death were all in custody at the time of the attacks. They are:

  1. Abdul Rahman Sayed Rizk (a minor, in custody since March 16, 2014)
  2. Mohammed Bakri Harun, (in custody since November 28, 2013).
  3. Hany Mustafa Amin Amer (in custody since December 16, 2013).
  4. Muhammad Ali Afifi (in custody since November 19, 2013).
  5. Khalid Faraj Mohammed Mohammed Ali (in custody since March 16, 2014).
  6. Islam Syed Ahmed (in custody since March 16, 2014).
  7. Ashraf Ali Ali Hassanein

They may be executed at any time.

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Egyptian Canadians voiced concerns about Canadian rapprochement with Military Regime

Earlier this year, the RCMP announced a plan to provide assistance to the Egyptian military regime in the form of training support for security forces. The announcement was met with expressions of concern from Egyptian-Canadians given the abysmal human rights records of Egyptian security forces and the significant deterioration of human and democratic rights since the July 3rd 2013 military coup.

"We hope that the Canadian government is able to exercise any possible pressure upon the Egyptian military regime to prevent this horrible and irreversible miscarriage of justice and human rights aberration" said ECCD Board Chair, Ehab Lotayef.

"Both Canada and Egypt are signatories to the foundational international treaties addressing civil, political and legal rights. In such egregious cases as these, Canadians are justified in demanding that their government intervene at the diplomatic level to ensure respect for our shared commitments."

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

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