Paul Dewar - NDP Foreign Critic

Since the ousting and detention of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July, the situation in Egypt has been extremely precarious, and often disturbingly violent. Human rights groups have expressed serious concern over political violence committed in the wake of the assumption of power by the Egyptian military, and the deterioration of an effective rule of law. The repeated extension of the state of emergency has further aggravated tensions.

Women, religious minorities, and peaceful protesters have been particularly vulnerable, and attacks continue to be perpetrated with impunity. Regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity, all Egyptians must be free to express their beliefs peacefully and publicly. 

The Canadian government must continue urging Egyptian authorities to uphold basic human rights and support democratic liberties including freedom of the press and peaceful association.

The Canadian government should also encourage Egyptian authorities to work in collaboration with civil society and the international community in establishing a roadmap to restore full democracy under civilian control. An effective and respectful relationship between civil society and the state can help Egypt become a democratic example for its neighbours and a powerful force for moderation in the region. 

I am proud to stand with Egyptians and Egyptian-Canadians in supporting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Egypt.

Launch of "Egyptians Worldwide for Democracy and Justice"

For immediate release

Ottawa, December 2nd, 2013

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) invites members of the local and international media to the launch of the Egyptians Worldwide for Democracy and Justice (EW4DJ).

The event will take place on Monday December 2nd, 2013, 11:00 AM at Charles Lynch Press Room, Parliamentary Press Gallery, House of Parliament, Ottawa.

The objectives, structure and plans of EW4DJ, an international network of Egyptian groups worldwide committed to democracy and respect for human rights in Egypt, will be announced at the press conference.

Similar press conferences will take place worldwide this week.



Samaa Elibyari     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     1-514-805-3220

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Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

ECCD Statement Regarding the 5th Anniversary of January 25th Revolution


On the fifth anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution in Egypt, the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is demanding the the Canadian Government not ignore the ever deteriorated situation in Egypt.

The last two and a half years, since the military coup of 2013, Egypt has seen mass killings, human rights violations and politicized death and jail sentences the likes of which have never been seen before.

The fake democratic smoke screen and the so-called elections of the president and parliament after the coup have no credibility and are an insult to anyone who believes in true democracy.

All Egyptians, women, children and men, even those who have no involvement in politics or activism are suffering greatly as state apparatuses are collapsing. Health, education, transportation, security and all other services are lacking or crumbling.

On this day we salute the sacrifice of the Egyptian people and urge the people and government of Canada to make any dealing with the current Egyptian regime conditional to its respect of human rights and freedoms.

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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