August 14, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Shawkan Still Detained After Four Years (Egypt: UA 243.14)


On 12 August, the Cairo criminal court adjourned Mahmoud Abu Zeid‘s court hearing 19 August, for the 35th time. Today is the four-year anniversary of Mahmoud Abu Zeid’s arrest. The Egyptian photojournalist, also known as “Shawkan,” has been in prison for four years. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against Mahmoud Abu Zeid, and to release him immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to protect Mahmoud Abu Zeid from torture and other ill-treatment for so long as he remains in detention;
  • Calling on them to order an independent and impartial investigation into allegations that he has been tortured and otherwise ill-treated while in custody, and bring those responsible to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Contact these two officials by 25 September, 2017:

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Office of the President
Al Ittihadia Palace Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2391 1441
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @AlsisiOfficial
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador Yasser Reda, Embassy of Egypt
3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 895 5400  Fax: 202 244 4319  -OR-  202 244 5131
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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