Egypt: Release Prisoner of Conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad Brief Description



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Egypt: Release Prisoner of Conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad
Brief Description:
Maikel Nabil Sanad is a 26-year-old Egyptian blogger who was sentenced on April 10 to three years in prison by a military court for on charges related to criticisms he posted on his Facebook page. Amnesty International considers Maikel a prisoner of conscience arrested solely for the peaceful expression of his views and we ask that the government immediately and unconditionally release him.


Target(s):
Primary

Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi

Leader of the Supreme Council of the

Armed Forces

Ministry of Defense and Military Production

23 Al Khalifa Al Ma'moun Street

Cairo

Arab Republic of Egypt



F: +202 2 291 6227

E: mod@idsc.gov.eg;

Salutation: Your Excellency
Secondary
Major General Mohamed ElKeshky

Military Attache

Arab Republic of Egypt

2590 L Street NW

Washington DC 20008

TEL: 202.333.1283

FAX: 202.333.7240:
The Hon. Sameh Shoukry

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

3521 International Ct. NW

Washington DC 20008

Fax: 202.244.4319

E: Embassy@egyptembassy.net


Sample Letter:
I write concerning Maikel Nabil Sanad, a 26-year-old Egyptian blogger who was sentenced on April 10 to three years in prison by a military court for on charges related to criticisms he posted on his Facebook page. Amnesty International considers Maikel a prisoner of conscience arrested solely for the peaceful expression of his views and we ask that the government immediately and unconditionally release him.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian appeals court postponed his appellate hearing until Oct. 11. They did this despite knowing Maikel is on a hunger strike and is in poor health. During an Oct. 1 visit on his birthday, Maikel's family reported significant deterioration in his condition. Amnesty International is requesting that Egyptian authorities allow Maikel Nabil Sanad access to all necessary medical care, including specialist treatment required from outside of El-Marg prison. His father told Amnesty International he has not received any response about the requests he made 20 days ago that his son be transferred to a private hospital for necessary medical treatment at the family's expenses.
Maikel Nabil Sanad's case points up several concerns Amnesty International has with what appears to be the current government's continuation of past policies muzzling civil society and trying civilians before military courts that fail to meet international standards for fair trials. Both were hallmarks of the Mubarak government; Amnesty International strongly believes that to move forward in the spirit of the popular uprisings in Egypt requires a government to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly and to uphold fair trial standards and end the use of military courts. Both of these should involve the elimination of the State of Emergency.
Since protests began in Egypt at the beginning of the year, Amnesty International believes at least 12,000 people have been referred to military trials. With parliamentary elections still on the horizon, we fear that the treatment of protesters and dissenters have changed little since President Mubarak was in charge.
The government can start this process with Maikel Nabil Sanad's case. His deteriorating health benefits nobody, and based on the latest information, there may not be much time to act. While I want to remind you that the international community has been deeply touched by the fervor and spirit of the thousands of young activists such as Maikel, what matters even more is how many Egyptians are watching this case as well. His life is important to the many people who made the country proud this year. The Egyptian Government now stands in a position where it can show its commitment to due process and human rights by releasing Maikel and ending military trials of civilians. That would show both your countrymen and the watching world that it is truly the dawn of a new era in Egypt.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.


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