Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Statement on the Anniversary of Egypt's Bloody Coup of July 2013

July 2 2014
Ottawa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3rd marks the first anniversary of the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi. The past year has been a nightmare, thousands died in the Rabaa and Alnadha massacres, the worst incidents of repressive violence in modern Egyptian history. Dissent has been crushed, including mass killings, jailing of journalists, rape and torture of detainees, and mass death sentencing against regime opponents. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, the coup leader, stepped down from his post as the minister of defense and installed himself as president in an ‘election’ where he received 97 per cent of the low voter turnout.

Canadian Citizen Mohamed Fahmy received a seven year sentence for being Aljazeera Bureau Chief for three months prior to his unlawful imprisonment. The verdict and the bizarre trial that preceded it sparked international outrage, while Canada stayed silent. Fahmy chose not to appeal his verdict as it would be entertaining “ their theatrical performance aka "trial", as he recently tweeted. Khaled Al-Qazzaz, Canadian resident and husband of Canadian born wife Sarah Attia, has been jailed without a charge for a full year.

Canada was the first major western country to call what happened in Egypt on July 3rd 2013 a coup. Shortly after, and in an incredible about face, the Conservative government refused to condemn the anti-democratic coup in Egypt. Mr. Baird, Canada’s foreign minister, visited Egypt prior to the staged presidential election. "Mr. Baird endorsed an illegitimate regime of terror", said Samaa Elibyari, a member of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD). Incredibly Canada became one of the first Western countries to support El-Sisi’s self-installation to presidency and described it as “a key step along Egypt’s path to democracy.”, as Minister Baird commented on the sham presidential election.

“The Conservative government has betrayed its long standing commitment to supporting democracy, human rights, and freedom of the press”, said Ehab Lotayef, the Chairman of ECCD. Mr. Baird has ignored all ECCD requests for a meeting to disucuss Canada’s foreign policy in Egypt, a position that Mr. Lotayef perceives to “undermine Canadian citizens’ right to directly communicate their concerns to their elected officials.”

On the anniversary of the bloodiest coup in Egypt’s history, The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy calls upon the Conservative government and our elected officials to discontinue endorsing general El-sisi and the Military Junta’s regime of terror. ECCD calls upon the government to forcefully demand an immediate restoration of true civilian democracy, the revocation of all politically motivated jail sentences, and the immediate release of Mohamed Fahmy, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, and all the Egyptian and foreign nationals unlawfully jailed in the most horrific conditions in Egyptian prisons. 

 

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: +1 (514) 288-8609
Ehab Lotayef: +1 (514) 941-9792

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Rejects Mr. Baird's Position Regarding the Egyptian Elections

June 5 2014
Ottawa

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It is with great disappointment that we see our Canadian government turn a blind eye to the facts and call a, now fulfilled, military coup d'etat a democratic process.

The so called Egyptian Presidential Elections were nothing but a staged coronation of the leader of the military coup. Mr. Baird knows this and he even acknowledges it in his statement when he expenses Canada's commitment to support "Egypt in making a peaceful and meaningful transition to democracy, based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law", acknowledging that there is no meaningful democracy in Egypt.

We urge Mr. Baird and the Canadian Government to call a spade a spade and to stand beside the Egyptian people in a practical and concrete manner by confronting the coup dictatorship till it falls and till democracy returns to Egypt.

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: +1 (514) 288-8609
Ehab Lotayef: +1 (514) 941-9792

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Statement on June 7th Rally Against Farcical Elections in Egypt

June 3 2014
Ottawa

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The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) will hold a rally this Saturday, June 7th to protest the recent farcical elections and Minister Baird’s recent statements in support of the field marshal who led the military coup of July 3rd 2013. Canadian Egyptians and Democracy supporters from Ottawa, Kingston, and Montreal will rally in front of the Parliament in Ottawa.

The Coup appointed government called for a presidential election on May 26th 2014. The majority of Egyptians boycotted the election in spite of unprecedented threats to fine those who failed to vote. The election took place amid brutal crackdown on virtually any form of dissent. Egypt’s judiciary has, in recent months, sentenced 700 activists to death in farcical mass trials. More than a dozen journalists, including Canadian Mohammad Fahmy, remain in jail.

“Back in 2012, Morsi won by 51% of the votes. In this 2014 farce elections, Sisi won by 97%. Can Mr. Baird guess which one was a democratic process?” asked Mr. Elkholy, one of the rally organizers.

Canada is one of the few major democracies that initially called Egypt’s political convulsion on July 3rd 2013 for what it was: A military coup that deposed Mohammed Morsi, a duly elected president. In a complete about face, Mr. Baird’s said in a recent statement that the election was “a key step along Egypt’s path to democracy.” “We look forward” to confirmation of preliminary results”, Mr. Baird added. The preliminary results indicate that the former field marshal who led last July’s military coup and, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has been elected president. Mr. Baird is apparently “encouraged” by the election of a military general who stated that “it will take Egypt 25 years to become a democracy”.

What: Rally to protest the recent farcical elections and Minister Baird’s recent statements
Who: The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD)
When: Saturday June 7th – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Where: The Parliament Hill - Wellington Street - Ottawa
Similar protests against the referendum are scheduled to take place in other Canadian cities.

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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Sherif Elkjoly: +1 (613) 295-3994

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for DemocracyECCD Calling of all Egyptians Believing in Democracy to Boycott this Mock of So-Called Presidential Elections

May 21 2014
Ottawa

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) denounces the ongoing illegitimate presidential election that is taking place in Egypt as a farce that does not represent a true democratic process. ECCD is renewing its fundamental rejection of the military coup and all of its consequences even if the tyrants ruling the country try to deceive the Egyptian people by creating a legal justification to cover their grab of power by force. The ECCD’s rejection of this election is based on many reasons, among them:

  1. Egypt lives under a state of terror imposed on the population by the military coup. Thousands of peaceful pro-democracy supporters have been killed by the coup army and police forces. Tens of thousands are behind bars in inhumane conditions with many believed to have been tortured. Free newspapers and TV stations have been shut down. Only the ones under state control or under the control of pro-coup supporters were left to operate. The crimes of the coup have put the country on the verge of a civil war and, in such a climate, a fair and transparent voting is not possible.
  2. The election is illegal and the person calling for it, the military-appointed councillor Mansour, is also an illegal president. He is a puppet in the hands of the military coup with no real legitimacy.
  3. The military coup itself, according to international law, is illegal. Therefore, all actions of the coup authorities, including the call for presidential elections, are illegal. The Egyptian people, both inside and outside the country, will not accept this mockery of democracy.
  4. Egypt has already a president elected in 2012. 

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD), while rejecting the military coup and all subsequent measures taken by the coup authorities, calls on Egyptians both inside and outside the country to boycott this process. We call on our people to continue protesting and resisting the bloody coup by all peaceful means until its eventual defeat. ECCD values the great sacrifices our people are making to recover democracy and to put the country on the right track again.

Long live Free Egypt, and 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, 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: +1 (514) 288-8609

مصريون حول العالم من أجل الديمقراطية والعدالةوثيقة مبادئ العشر للحفاظ على ثورة 25 يناير

بيان ((مصريون حول العالم من أجل الديمقراطية والعدالة))

بشأن وثيقة المبادئ العشرة لتحقيق أهداف ثورة 25 يناير

تعلن اللجنة التنسيقية انها تدارست وثيقة المبادئ العشرة التي أصدرتها في بروكسيل أول أمس مجموعة من زملائنا المناضلين من اجل استعادة مسار الشرعية والديمقراطية للعودة لتحقيق أهداف ومطالب ثورة 25 يناير التي استهدفتها الثورة المضادة والانقلاب العسكري الدموي.

نحن نثمن هذه المبادئ العشرة الواردة في الوثيقة ونثمن اي دعوة لتوحيد جهود كل العاملين من أجل استعادة الديمقراطية ونهيب بهم وبكل من أدرك ويدرك ويرى مخاطر ووطأة الديكتاتورية والحكم العسكري على مستقبل مصر ان يبادروا بالاجتماع والتوحد مرة أخرى بعد أن انكشفت كل المؤامرات التي استهدفت تشتيت الشعب وبث الفرقة بين دعاة الديمقراطية.
اننا نرى أن هذه المبادئ العشرة على أهميتها تحتاج لحوار موسع بين كل قوى الثورة التي ستجتمع لوضع المزيد من التفاصيل والآليات التيستمكننا من تحقيق أهداف الثورة واستعادة وحدة كل القوى الثورية.

عن اللجنة التنسيقية 

د. اسامة رشدي، لندن
د. صفي الدين حامد ، واشنطن
م. ايهاب لطيّف، مونتريال
م. محمد كامل، مونتريال
ا. أماني ترك، كوبنهاجن

تنوه شبكة مصريون حول العالم من أجل الديموقراطية والعدالة إلى أنه ليس لها أية فروع وأنه لا يحق لأي أحد أن يدعي تمثيلها سوى ممثليها الشرعيين