Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Human Rights Watch Condemns Alaa's arrest and the more than 100 Political Detainees

(New York, May 10, 2006) – Egyptian security officials arrested 11 more political reform activists, including an award-winning blogger, Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam, Human Rights Watch said today. This brings to more than 100 the number of people detained over the past two weeks for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

Approximately half of those arrested are members of the Muslim Brotherhood who were putting up posters and distributing leaflets protesting the April 30 extension of emergency rule for another two years. The Emergency Law has been in effect since President Hosni Mubarak came to power in October 1981. The others were detained for demonstrating in support of a group of judges campaigning for greater judicial independence.

Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division said “These new arrests indicate that President Mubarak intends to silence all peaceful opposition.” Full text....


At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is really bad. I see that the blogosphere has begun setting up actions to free the people arrested. By myself, I will do my bit in Europe, hopefully they will listen,

Egyptian in Germany

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They really need to leave the MB in there to rot and free all the others.

I'm sorry, the MB is pure evil and will utterly and totaly destroy Egypt. Their political gains are directly correlated to the rising fanatacism in the country, which in acutality, is VERY alien to our country. The spread of fundementalism is now systemic throughout the country from Sinai to Cairo and Alexandria and down through Upper Egypt. The MB will suck all of the life (or what's left of it) out of the country if given a chance. They hate the Emergency Law because it has stopped them from attaining more power in Egypt. And, thank God, for now. Don't get me wrong the Emergency Law is aweful but it has effectively stifled the fanatics. But if the MB do gain more power you can forget about Arts, Literature, Humanities, Freedom of Religion, Speech, Expression, etc. everything will only be pure Wahabbi Islam. Just look at that incredibly stupid fatwa about destroying monuments. Can you believe that? And now Grand Supreme Mufti of Egypt says he was "misquoted". No he wasn't!! Another incident recently, The Egyptian government (not even the MB) is now debating about officially not recognizing members of the Bahaii faith and stripping them of their rights. Let me tell you that there are maybe 4000 members of this group in Egypt! Why do the muslims want to squash these peaceful people? Well, it's because they are not members of the three monothesistic relgions. What can I say? I know, it's crazy. All Muftis, Sheikhs, Imaams and others all need to leave Egypt out of the rule of Islam...if they don't it will be a disaster like Saudi and Iran. Egypt needs secular law not shariah law! So what do you think the MB want? Real modenrity or Puritanical Islam? A dismal, backwards 7th century country is what Egyptians will get if they don't stop the MB.

Hope the State Security free Alaa. Just that term "State Security" reminds me of the Gestapo.

At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon. 12:45 PM :
I agree with every word you wrote.
The situation of the Egyptians at the moment is the "Fruit" of decades of Religious Hysteria,brain washing and the instillation of the culture of hate into hearts and minds of a population mostly illiterate.the situation now is irreversible I am afraid !.
Freedom of worship is no monopoly to any one or restricted to any sect or religion . I never use the terms "monotheistic or heavenly religion" because every religion is sacred and holy to those who believe in it regardless to the opinion of the others.this also includes those who do not believe in any thing .
Remember !, one of the Sinai terrorists is a student of Sharia in Al-Azhar , a Moslim Imam was arrested in Cairo trying to throw Acid on 4 Actors ( Adel Imam,Fifi Abdo,Shereen Saif El-Nasr and Medhat Salih ) , another Imam in Saudi Arabia was punished for readind the friday Sermon from his laptop instead of a piece of paper!
I am not sure if we should laugh or cry

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Egypeter said...

sorry, it was me that posted the anonymous comment. I was blogging away from my personal computer :)

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Mowatn Masry said...


At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egypeter and Sam are great. Agree with you guys; let's keep the MB to rot in prisons because they are pure evil. But wait! Why are they pure evil? May be because they also want to let others who do not agree with them to rot in prison too. The same like what the government is doing. They let others who the government considers pure evil to rot in prison. Awesome!
Here is a great link for you

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone of you know about what is happening to HALA AL MASRY,
they working on sending her to jail for defending the poor copts in upper Egypt.
Mostafa Bakry was the government dog like usual.

Hey FFE, do you know anything about her?


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