jeudi, 18 octobre 2018
 

Communiqué de solidarité avec l’avocat du travail égyptien Haytham Mohamadeen

Vendredi 18 mai à l’aube, les forces de sécurité égyptiennes ont investi le logement de Haytham Mohamadeen, avocat du travail et activiste socialiste, pour l’emmener vers une destination inconnue. Haytham est un défenseur connu des droits des travailleurs, et a travaillé sans relâche pour soutenir les syndicalistes indépendants visés par la répression de l’état à cause de leurs revendications pour de meilleures conditions de travail et le droit à l’organisation et à la grève. De plus, comme l’affirme Amnesty International, Mr Mohamadeen “a été persécuté par les autorités égyptiennes en raison de son travail pour les droits de l’homme” ; il a en effet joué un rôle central pour défendre le Centre al-Nadeem, qui soutient les victimes de torture et de violence, du harcèlement et de la persécution par les autorités.

Mr Mohamadeen est apparu au tribunal le samedi 19 mai pour se faire signifier sa mise en détention provisoire pendant 15 jours. Les rapports d’activistes des droits de l’homme en Egypte disent qu’il subit un interrogatoire pour avoir “encouragé à des manifestations contre la hausse récente du prix des tickets de métro.”

Nous exprimons notre inquiétude quant au bien-être de Mr Mohamadeen après son arrestation, au vu de l’utilisation systématique et bien documentée des abus et de la torture par les forces de sécurité égyptiennes contre les détenus. Nous sommes convaincu-e-s que son arrestation est conçue, encore une fois, pour faire taire toute critique à l’encontre du pouvoir militaire actuel. Nous sommes outré-e-s de voir que l’on puisse se faire arrêter et poursuivre en justice pour avoir protesté contre les inégalités sociales. Nous appelons les autorités égyptiennes à libérer Haytham Mohamadeen immédiatement et sans conditions et à abandonner les poursuites dont il fait l’objet.

Pour signer la pétition

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Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain - Stop the repression in Egypt

Early on Friday 18 May, Egyptian security forces stormed the house of labour lawyer and socialist activist Haitham Mohamedain, taking him away to an unknown destination. Haitham is a well-known defender of workers’ rights, and has worked tirelessly to support independent trade unionists facing state persecution for demanding better working conditions and the right to organise and strike. In addition, as Amnesty International notes, he “has been persecuted by the Egyptian authorities for his human rights work”, playing a crucial role in defending the El Nadeem Centre - which supports victims of torture and violence - from harassment and persecution by the authorities.

On Saturday 19 May, Haitham appeared in court and was remanded in custody for 15 days. According to reports from human rights activists in Egypt, he is being interrogated in relation to “incitement to protest over the price of Metro tickets.”

Some who allegedly protested over a recent abrupt rise in fares have been arrested and some subsequently released : others are still being held. It appears that Egypt’s security services have used the opportunity to seize Haitham Mohamedain : we believe that his arrest is designed, once again, to silence voices critical of the current military regime.

We are deeply concerned for Haitham’s well-being, given the well-documented pattern of abuse and torture of detainees by Egyptian security forces. We are appalled that anyone should face detention and prosecution on charges of speaking out for basic human rights. We call on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally and for any charges against him to be dropped.

 
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