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.

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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.

1) TAKE ACTION
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

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 243.14
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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