by Mohamed E. Hawash (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 6, Ramadan, 1434)
The military coup in Egypt is a gross violation of people’s rights and it must be condemned by every human being that cares for justice and freedom.
On July 3, the Egyptian military carried out a coup d’etat deposing and imprisoning the elected president, Mohamed Mursi. General al-Sisi also suspended the constitution. On the next day, Adly Mansour, the new interim president swore to uphold the constitution! Mansour also assumed legislative and executive powers. What constitution allows this kind of doubletalk? Mansour is but a marionette in the hands of General al-Sisi and (US) company. About 300 members of the Freedom and Justice Party were arrested and thrown into the Egyptian army’s gulag. What crime did they commit? They were arrested and physically molested for their political views. Mubarak, a criminal, torturer and murderer, on the other hand, has been tried by judges from the dictator’s era.
All freedom and justice-loving people should decry the military coup and demand that the rule of law be restored in Egypt. Bodies such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement and others should suspend Egypt’s membership until this happens. Human rights organizations worldwide should keep an eye on Egypt and publicize any human rights violations committed by the Egyptian army. Crescent International should do likewise.
Mohamed E. Hawash
Gimli, MB, Canada