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International - Event Notice
Monday May 05 2014
02:45 PM

Protest at Egyptian Embassy, Dublin

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Monday May 05, 2014 14:52author by Justin Morahan Report this post to the editors

Tuesday 6 May 2012

Tuesday's protest is against the death penalty and for the release of Ibrahim Halawa

I will be protesting outside the Egyptian Embassy tomorrow on two issues: The protest will start at 11 a.m. and end at 12 noon.

1. The Death Penalty which has now been imposed under the military government on 1212 people in two batches of 683 and 529 sentences. The 683 still stand with 37 of the 529 upheld.

2. The Detention of Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish citizen, and the alleged brutal treatment meted out to him and other political prisoners in Egypt.
My protest is on humanitarian and human rights grounds, non-political, non-sectarian and non-violent. I invite others to attend

THE DEATH PENALTY: To order the death penally to be carried out on any human being is, in my opinion, wrong, barbaric and inhumane. To order the brutal killing in cold blood of 1212 human beings is heinous. It shows a degree of arrogance, a belief in omnipotence and a corruption of power difficult to comprehend.

If the Egyptian courts, under an Egyptian military ruler, imagine that commuting 492 death sentences makes a whit of difference to international outrage when there are 730 of these horrendous sentences still in place, they are mistaken. The outrage is compounded by the fact that the trials were a mockery of what trials should be. As Amnesty International has said: "The court has displayed a complete contempt for the most basic principles of a fair trial and has utterly destroyed its credibility".
The Egyptian government should commute all the death sentences, abolish the death penalty and ask for forgiveness.

IBRAHIM HALAWA(18) is an Irish citizen, born and reared in Ireland, who has been in prison in Egypt for nine months. I do not know him. According to reliable media reports, on the day of a mass protest in Cairo, he and his three sisters took refuge in a mosque but were arrested and imprisoned without charge. His sisters were released after three months. According to reports, Ibrahim is forced to drink water from a toilet, endure threats of violence from guards and spend 23 hours daily in a cell with 64 other prisoners. According to reports also, former prisoners have alleged being tortured in Egypt's prisons. Ibrahim is rightly afraid especially after hearing of the death sentences.
I do not know Ibrahim but as a human being I am his brother. I call on the Egyptian courts and the Egyptian military government to release him forthwith.
I also call on them to release all political prisoners in Egypt.

Justin Morahan
Pacifist, Human rights activist

author by Justinpublication date Tue May 06, 2014 13:14Report this post to the editors

As promised I protested outside the Egyptian Embassy from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, having notified them by telephone previously. I was told that a letter would be accepted by someone in the Embasy.
My poster had two halves, like the open middle pages of a book.
On the left side it read: EGYPT - STOP 720 EXECUTIONS
On the right side it read: EGYPT - RELEASE IRISH TEENAGER IBRAHIM HALAWA
The gate was locked and there was no bell: waving the letter at the window brought no results. However as deliveries came and the gates had to be opened, one of the staff reluctantly accepted the envelope.
The short letter, handwritten, was as follows:
"Dear Ambassador
I am outside your Embassy this morning as promised to protest against:
1) the 720 (threatened) executions of protestors still in place
2) the detention and treatment of Ibrahim Halawa
Please stop the executions and release Ibrahim and all political prisoners.
With best personal wishes
Justin Morahan"
During the protest three teenagers emerged from the Embassy, read the poster, one of them said something in a foreign language. The others roared laughing and scooted while I told them in English that 720 planned executions was no laughing matter.
A very friendly Garda was present throughout the protest.

author by fredpublication date Tue May 06, 2014 14:18Report this post to the editors

fair play Justin
These executions are a complete humanitarian affront
This military junta continues to receive funding from the US.
The hypocrisy is mind boggling

 
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