End SCAF's Human Rights Violations in Egypt
Subject: -Strongly condemn the SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) crimes against peaceful protesters and targeting and intimidating activists especially female activists. -Strongly condemn Military Trials for civilians, the imprisonment and detention of activists and revolutionaries after hasty and unfair Military Tribunals. -Taking immediate measures to ensure the prompt trials, without any more delays, of the accused of killing the protesters from Jan 25th until present date including any army or police personnel who committed crimes. -Complete cessation of all the human rights violations that are being carried out under the SCAF watch. The Honorable Mr. Wael Aboul Magd, The Ambassador of Egypt in Canada, We, the undersigned, have grave concerns about the continuous systematic crack down on activists and peaceful protesters that started in February and is still being carried out by the authorities in Egypt . The SCAF has repeatedly targeted activists in order to deter them from fighting against injustice in their path of completing their unfinished revolution. In addition to the widespread torture and killing of protestors, the SCAF tactics have also included, but were not limited to, forced virginity tests, dragging and beating female protesters mercilessly, stripping and exposing them in public, as well as subjecting them to various forms of sexual harassment and threats of rape. Since March 2011, more than 12,000 civilians have been tried before military tribunals with no real appeal process , a practice which fails to meet international fair trial standards. It must be noted that this number far surpasses the 2,000 which underwent this ordeal during Mubarak’s 30 year rule. Thus, it is clear that SCAF is exceeding the Mubarak regime's violation of civil rights. In addition, the trials of ex-regime figures have been delayed repeatedly, which clearly demonstrates the lack of intention by the authorities to bring these figures to justice. Meanwhile, meaningful investigations have yet to take place into any of the tragic incidents that occurred over the course of the revolution, including the burning of multiple churches in early March, the March 9th attack on the Tahrir sit-in, the Maspero massacre, the Mohamed Mahmoud street crimes, the cabinet sit-in crimes, and numerous others. We the undersigned demand that: -No blogger, journalist or human rights defender is subject to direct or indirect harassment or intimidation, including a complete stop to the practice of targeting female protestors. -All prisoners of conscience who have been struggling for justice, freedom and human rights are immediately released. -Independent, thorough and transparent investigations are conducted into all crimes committed against the protesters. -Any person, whether a military personnel, or a police officer, or a SCAF member, who committed heinous crimes against the protestors, be it hate speech, slander, or physical and psychologically violence is held accountable and brought to justice in front of a fair and impartial court. It is especially important to bring to justice those who were under a duty to protect civilians but were actually the ones who became the primary cause of said harm. -A speedy and fair trial of ex-regime figures takes place without any interference from any higher authority. -The right to peaceful protests and sit-ins is ensured and protesters are protected, especially with the first anniversary of the revolution coming up in January. -The security in Egyptian cities is reestablished.