Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Statement with regard to the Canadian Government Decision to Suspend its Embassy Operation in Cairo


December 10 2014
Ottawa

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is troubled by our government's latest decisions to suspend its embassy operation in Cairo and to issue an advisory for its citizens against non-essential travel to Egypt due to the security situation.

The decisions which were harshly criticized in the state-controlled Egyptian Media, followed close on the heels of the Egyptian court's politically motivated ruling for 188 people to be sentenced to death on charges of killing 11 police officers in the town of Kerdasa in August 2013.

Whereas ECCD commends the decisions and the concern for the safety of our Canadian diplomats and citizens, we are troubled by the Canadian Government's continuous support for the current regime that has irrefutably failed in delivering on its key promise, to restore safety and security in Egypt.

In spite of the harsh criticism in the Egyptian state-controlled media, we believe that, giving the inability of the regime to ensure the safety of foreign nationals, the Canadian Government decisions were appropriate measures to protect Canadian Nationals in a highly volatile and unpredictable environment. Furthermore, ECCD cautions of the regime's history of covertly inciting violence in order to discredit the opposition movement and to crack down on all voices of dissent. ECCD holds the Egyptian government solely responsible for the safety of all Canadian citizens living in Egypt, as well as its own Egyptian citizens.

ECCD recognizes that the decisions also reflect the government's awareness of the rapidly deteriorating security environment in Egypt, an issue that is continually raised by ECCD and other human rights organizations. "Since the military coup of July 3rd 2013, Egyptians have been living in a republic of fear, characterized by unprecedented human rights abuses by the regime's security apparatus, and record setting violence and crime rate," said Ehab Lotayef, ECCD Chairman. "What more does the Canadian government need to publicly withdraw its support for the coup regime that robbed Egyptian's right to democracy under the watchful eye of western democracies in the name of security and stability," asked Mr. Lotayef in a recent statement.

We call upon the Canadian government to seize the opportunity and publicly withdraw its support to the current illegitimate regime that robbed Egyptians of their January 25th revolution's dream for economic prosperity, freedom, and social justice.

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.

For more information:
www.eccd.ca
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Ehab El-Komy: +1 (613) 852-1694
Mostafa Elhoushi: +1 (403) 702-4156

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyThe Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) will be present in the Peoples' Social Form in a workshop to discuss People Rights Vs Military Dictatorship

What Arab spring brought to Egypt? Is it Democracy or Military Coup?
Friday August 22 at 2:45 p.m. at the University of Ottawa LMX Room 121


More can be found in the program and on the PSF: http://www.peoplessocialforum.org
Schedule: Click here

Our guest speakers will be:

Roger Annis, writer and antiwar activist in Vancouver. He has written extensively on events in Egypt during the past year for such publications as Truthout, Rabble.ca and website 'A Socialist in Canada'. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ovide Bastien: Author and educator. Lived in Chile through the dark years of General Pinochet. Presently managing on a volunteer basis North South Studies development projects in Nicaragua. Recently, published an ebook version of Chili: le coup divin and of Chile: Underside of Economic This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mohamed S. Kamel: Freelance writer, editor of http://forafreeegypt.blogspot.com/, co-founder, member of the executive committee and spokesperson of The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), co-founder of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD-CECD). He is also member of several civil society organizations, among them Quebec Antiwar movement “Échec à la Guerre”, and Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP). Professionally, he is an engineer, LEED Green Associate and certified project manager. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and @mskamel


Background Information
On June 30 2013, exactly one year after Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected as president, large numbers of disenchanted people gathered in Tahrir square demanding the departure of Morsi. Three days later, General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at the head of the armed forces forcefully deposed Morsi under the pretext of responding to ‘the call of the people’.
Since then, a brutal wide spread repression has gripped Egypt following a campaign to eliminate all opposition culminating in the massacres of Rabaa and Al-Nahda squares where supporters of Mohamed Morsi were camping (Aug14 2013). Canada and the West are turning a blind eye with the often mentioned excuse that better achieve ‘stability’ under a military dictatorship.
During this session, we will probe the issue of human rights versus ‘stability’. What have we learned from a similar situation; the coup of General Pinochet in Chile (1973)
Should we, in Canada be concerned? If so, what should our government do? What about our civil society?

We request That the government of Canada:

  • Demand the immediate and unconditional release of journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and Khaled Al-Qazzaz, permanent resident, father of four young Canadian daughters.
  • Demand an independent investigation in the shooting of Amr Mohamed Kassem, permanent resident, father of an infant Canadian daughter, killed during a peaceful protest in Alexandria.
  • Grant a special passport (diplomatic status) to Canadian journalists covering events in Egypt.
  • Refrain from selling armament and or ammunition to the Egyptian police or army.
  • Bar Egyptian officials implicated in killing protesters or human right abuses (according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) from entry.
  • Monitor closely the human rights situation in Egypt and denounce abuses in accordance with international treaties signed by Canada.
  • Appoint a liaison person with Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy for consultations


Join us in our struggle against the military dictatorship in Egypt.

Show your solidarity with Egyptians against the coup

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

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, Kingston, and St. John, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

For more information:
www.eccd.ca
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Samaa Elibyari: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ahmed Abdel Kader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 514-928-8887

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Statement on Establishment of Egyptian Revolutionary Council

August 8 2014
Ottawa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) applauds the efforts of the participants of the August 2014 conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The establishment of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC) represents an important milestone in the continued struggle of our people against the repressive military regime that ousted president Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt.

ECCD trusts that ERC will serve as a platform for "unifying Egyptian political forces and individuals outside of Egypt, and from across the political and ideological spectrum, who adhered to the principles of the January 25th Egyptian Revolution of 2011" , as stated by Mohammed Kamel, ERC spokesperson and an ECCD founding member.

As an active participant in the establishment of ERC, ECCD is encouraged by the diverse representation, caliber, and enthusiasm of the founders. ECCD encouragement is furthered by the positive reception announced by key opposition figures and movements in Egypt and abroad.

ECCD foresees ERC playing a pioneering role in solidifying the efforts of the growing international opposition to the military regime on the international stage. ECCD pledges its support to the principles and the role of the newly established ERC, and looks forward to being at the core of its development process.

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

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, Kingston, and St. John, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

For more information:
www.eccd.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Samaa Elibyari: +1 (514) 288-8609
Ehab Lotayef: +1 (514) 941-9792

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyCommemorating the Massacres of Peaceful Protesters to the Military Coup in Egypt: 
Rabaa and El-Nahda squares August 14 2013, Nasr City July 27 2013

August 7 2014
Ottawa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is holding a series of events to honour those who lost their lives while peacefully camping in two open squares to protest the military take-over of President Mohamed Morsi and his government under the orders of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, July 3rd 2013.

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy also honours the journalists who were deliberately targeted while covering the tragic events unfolding at Rabae and El-Nahda camps and other protests.

List of events commemorating Resilience Day, August 14th 2013:
Toronto
When: Saturday August 16th, 2:00 pm -5:00 pm
Where: Dundas Square, Toronto, (Yonge and Dundas)
Contact Person: Yasmeen Youssef (647-287-5010)

Vancouver
When: Saturday August 9th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Candle Vigil
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Contact Person: Tarek Ramadan (604-721-4555)

Calgary
When: Thursday August 14th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Where: Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail Southeast
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/440557646086910/
Contact Person: Mohamed Hassanin (403-470-3687)

Ottawa
When: Thursday, August 14, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Andrew Haydon Park, 3169 Carling Avenue, (Stage) 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/243588912518653/
Contact Person: Sherif ElKholy (613-295-3994)

Montreal
When: Friday August 15th, 5:30 pm
Where: Rally from Place Emilie Gamelin, Montréal, Corner Berri & Maisonneuve - Metro Berri UQAM to Old Port of Montreal at 

When: Sunday August 17th, 3:00 pm
Where: Rally from Israeli Consulate to Egyptian Consulate in Montreal, at 3:00 pm

Contact Person: Ashraf Fouad (514-984-3235)

 

 

Background Information
On June 30 2013, exactly one year after Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected as president, large numbers of disenchanted people gathered in Tahrir square demanding the departure of Morsi. Three days later, General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at the head of the armed forces forcefully deposed Morsi under the pretext of responding to the call of the people.
Supporters of the deposed president replicated by occupying two squares — Rabaa al-Adawiya in Nasr city, Cario and al-Nahda in Giza — to protest his ouster, vowing to remain until Morsi was reinstated.
On July 27, 2013 about 100 protesters gathered in Nasr City, were mowed down by special police forces under the pretext that they were attacking police headquarters. Political analyst Larbi Sadiqi writes ‘July 27, 2013 will go down in the annals of history as an infamous day not dissimilar to June 4, 1989, when the Chinese government used disproportionate force in Tiananmen Square, snuffing out a peaceful protest with violence’. And he rightly predicted that this was just the beginning as Internal and external reconciliation attempts failed to resolve the crisis peacefully.
On 14 August 2013 Egyptian security forces raided the two camps of protesters in what was described by Human Rights Watch as the most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history.
By 8:00 the smaller Al-Nahda camp — near Cairo University in Giza — was cleared of protesters, but it took about 12 hours for police to take control of the main sit-in site near the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque that has served as the epicenter of the pro-Morsi campaign. The police in riot gear used tear gas, rubber bullets, birdshot and live ammunition to disperse the protesters while being supported by bulldozers to clear barricades and covered by armored vehicles and snipers on rooftops.
According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, 638 people were killed on 14 August, of which 595 were civilians and 43 police officers, with at least 3,994 injured. The Muslim Brotherhood and National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy (NCSL) claimed that number of deaths from the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque sit-in alone at some 2,600.
Among the dead was Asmaa, 17 the daughter of Mohamed el-Beltagy, a prominent figure of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian state television aired images purporting to show weapons confiscated from the sit-in protester's camps, including automatic rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. However, various journalists and news agencies discredited these claims as multiple independent journalists had visited and inspected the camps for weapons prior to the attacks, finding none of the purported weapons caches.
During the dispersal, journalists covering the event were targeted. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, it was the deadliest day for journalists in Egypt since the organization began keeping records in 1992. Veteran Sky News camera operator Michael Deane, 61, was killed although he was wearing a helmet that clearly identified him as a journalist. Also killed was Egyptian journalist Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, working for Gulf News publication XPRESS newspaper,and Egyptian reporter Ahmed Abdel Gawad, who was with the Al-Akhbar state-run newspaper and was an editorial manager for the Muslim Brotherhood television satellite channel Misr 25, as well as Rassd News Network (RNN) photojournalist Mosab El-Shami. Among the journalists most seriously injured were Al-Wataneditor Tariq Abbas, who was shot in the face, and Al-Masry Al-Youm photojournalist Alaa al-Qamhawy, who was shot in the foot. Among the detained journalists were Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shami and Al Jazeera Media Network's Mubasher Misr photographers Emad Eddin Al-Sayed and Abdulrahman Al-Mowahhed-Bellah, and Freedom and Justice Party (Egypt) journalist Radwa Al-Selawi.
On 10 December 2013, thirteen Egyptian and international human rights organizations urged Cairo's interim authorities to probe the mass killing of protesters in the capital on 14 August. To this day, there has been no independent investigation.

References:
"Egypt: Security Forces Used Excessive Lethal Force". Human Rights Watch. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
"Global condemnation of Egypt crackdown". Al Jazeera. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013
"Charred bodies lie in Cairo mosque, unrecognized by Egyptian state". Al-Ahram. 15 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

More Information:
Nasr City: El Sisi's Tiananmen?
Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the chief of the Egyptian military, has made two costly miscalculations By Larbi Sadiki.
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 15:18
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/07/2013728115713723250.html


Who is Egypt Rabaa-Al-Adwaya
By Ramsy Baroudi
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2013/08/24/Who-is-Egypt-s-Rabaa-al-Adawiya-.html

 

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

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, Kingston, and St. John, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

For more information:
www.eccd.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Samaa Elibyari: +1 (514) 288-8609
Ehab Lotayef: +1 (514) 941-9792

  Resilience Day - August 14th
Resilience Day
يوم الصمود
Commemorate August 14th of every year as Resilience Day
an initiative of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

 The 14th of August 2013, Rabaa square witnessed the worst massacre in Egyptian modern history. It also witnessed extraordinary resilience and perseverance by the protestors who stood fast in the face of the atrocities of the military and the coup thugs.  

This is a call to all Egyptians to mark the 14th of August of every year as "Resilience Day" to remember the bravery and resilience of the peaceful protestors whose blood was shed for no reason other than that they stood up for justice. 

Let all Egyptians, worldwide, commemorate 
"Resilience Day" by holding demonstrations and activities to remind the world of the horrendous crimes that were committed that day, so that its memory lives forever in the conscience of the human race. 

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD)