Gandhi’s Be Magazine is committed to furthering the conversation around Egyptian freedom, democracy, human rights, and social justice. We have been covering the human rights crisis in Egypt following General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seizing control of the country by illegal military coup, going on five years ago now, on July 3, 2013.
This year we have witnessed a disturbing trend of executions in Egypt. Most disturbing is the fact that those dying at the hands of the Egyptian military are not hardened criminals with a history, but are accomplished young people with bright futures ahead of them–doctors, engineers, fiancees planning their weddings. The reason for their executions? They persist in peacefully protesting a military coup government which kidnapped their first-ever democratically-elected president and established one of the most authoritarian and repressive regimes in the Middle East. It simply does not matter whether the democratically-elected president was Muslim Brotherhood or Secular. The principle of the matter is in a democratic nation, the will of the people and the electoral process stand, no matter what, and that is the foundation of freedom and democracy as we are so privileged to enjoy in the United States.
Meanwhile, our U.S. taxpayer dollars support General Sisi and his repressive military regime to the tune of $1.3 billion in unconditional, unmonitored foreign military aid. And so we as American citizens all have a responsibility in this matter. We can no longer turn a blind eye to our money being spent on propping up a repressive military regime in the Middle East all in the name of “fighting terrorism.” The United States’ interest in Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and beyond is one thing and one thing only: the military industrial complex and the oil industry.
Now is the time for United States citizens to speak up about this atrocious use of their taxpayer dollars to pad the wallets of Egypt’s elite and America’s wealthy, including military industrialists. The situation in Egypt is literally a human rights crisis. This money could and should go to feed the hungry, provide healthcare to the sick, and provide access to education and jobs.
Call and email your U.S. Congress members and Senators and demand that they stand on the right side of history. End the executions of innocent pro-democracy supporters in Egypt now before it is too late.
We share this urgent message on behalf of the six Egyptian pro-democracy protestors who were executed last week.
Today these men named below are awaiting their execution with little or no hope. Their lives hang in the balance as they are scheduled for execution tomorrow, Tuesday, January 2, 2018:
Lotfy Ibrahim Isamil Khalil
Ahmed Abdelmoniem Salama Aly Salama
Ahmed Abdelhady Mohamed Elseheimy
Sameh Abdalla Mohamed Youssef
We must stop this assault on human rights in Egypt!
Missy Crutchfield, Co-Founder
Melissa Turner, Co-Founder
Gandhi’s Be Magazine