11 July 2013
PEN International is alarmed about the escalation of violence and threat to free expression in Egypt following the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 in a military takeover. Since then, over 80 people have been killed in clashes, including at least 51 supporters of the ousted president, who were killed on 8 July outside the Cairo headquarters of the elite Republican Guard. There are reports that the security forces used excessive force against the protestors. The violent crackdown follows a wave of arrests of pro-Morsi supporters, including journalists, and arbitrary closures of media. PEN calls on Egypt’s interim government to release anyone held solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. PEN urges independent investigations are carried out into all reports of human rights violations by security forces against protestors in recent days.
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Please send appeals immediately:
Calling on the Egyptian authorities to do all within their power to protect journalists and others reporting on the current turbulent events in Egypt.
Reminding the authorities of their obligations to protect freedom of expression as laid out by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt is a state party;
Urging them to ensure that Article 7 of the Constitutional Declaration which provides for limitations on freedom of expression through speech, writing, pictures or other means “according to the law” is not used to impose restrictions which exceed those that may be imposed under international law.
Appeals to be sent to:
Interim president Adly Mansour
Supreme Constitutional Court
Kournish El-Nile El-Maddi
Arab Republic of Egypt
Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Egypt
Colonel General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
23 July Street.,
Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: + 20-22916227
If possible please copy appeals to the diplomatic representative for Egypt in your country.
***Please contact this office if sending appeals after 15 August 2013***
For further information, please contact Cathy McCann at International PEN WiPC, 50/51 Brownlow House, High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 20740580338. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org