Ägypten: Ermittlungen gegen bekannten Schriftsteller und Blogger

1. Juni 2018 – RAN 03/18

Der bekannte ägyptische Autor, Blogger und demokratische Aktivist Wael Abbas wurde am 24. Mai vom ägyptischen Sicherheitsdienst verhaftet und an einen unbekannten Ort verbracht.

Am 28. Mai wurde er 6 Stunden lang verhört. Ägyptens höchste Strafverfolgungsbehörde wirft Ihm vor, „einer terroristischen Vereinigung beigetreten zu sein, um seine politischen Ziele zu verwirklichen“ sowie „falsche Nachrichten verbreitet zu haben, die der öffentlichen Sicherheit und dem öffentlichen Interesse schaden“. Momentan befindet sich Abbas im Tora-Gefängnis in Untersuchungshaft.

PEN International glaubt, dass die Anklagen gegen Abbas „mit seinem friedlichen Aktivismus und seiner Kritik an der ägyptischen Regierung zusammenhängen“. Bitte helfen Sie Wael Abbas und fordern Sie seine sofortige und bedingungslose Freilassung sowie die Aufhebung aller gegen ihn erhobenen Anklagen.

Bitte schreiben Sie an:

President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,
Office of the President,
Al-Ittihadia Palace,
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt,
Fax: +202 2 391 1441
Email: p.spokesman [at] op.gov [dot] eg
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Justice
Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim
Ministry of Justice,
Lazoghly Sq.,
Fax: +202 2 795 8103
Email: mjustice [at] moj.gov [dot] eg
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Interior
Magdy Abdel Ghaffar,
Ministry of Interior,
Fifth Settelment, New Cairo,
Egypt
Fax: +202 2794 5529
Email: center [at] iscmi.gov [dot] eg
Salutation: Dear Minister

https://pen-international.org/news/egypt…

Hintergrund (bereitgestellt vom internationalen PEN)

Wael Abbas, born 14 November 1974, is a well-known blogger and pro-democracy activist. He is the recipient of the 2007 Knight International Award for Journalistic Excellence, and Human Rights Watch’s Hellman/Hammett Award 2006. He also won the Egyptians Against Corruption Award 2005/2006. In 2007 Abbas was named Middle East Person of the Year by CNN and was considered one of the Most Influential People of 2006 by the BBC. In his blog, created in 2004, Abbas posted news related to human rights’ violations, including corruption and police brutality. In particular, he posted a video in 2006 showing police torture of an individual, which led to the imprisonment of a police officer, Captain Islam Nabih.

Abbas is the author of many books, including Abdel Nasser and minorities  and a collection of Articles 2006 – 2013 which ask the American administration to stop their support of former president Hosni Mubarak, and more recently “another person” which was published in 2018.

Due to his peaceful activities, Abbas has been harassed and subjected to violations for several years. His social media accounts were regularly suspended. Abbas‘ arrest on 24 May 2018 comes in the context of a new crackdown on political opponents and activists in Egypt. The situation for freedom of expression and opinion in Egypt has deteriorated sharply since the arrival of President al-Sisi into power in 2014. Many journalists and writers have been arrested or forced to flee the country. PEN passed a Resolution on Egypt at its 82nd World Congress and noted with concern the rise in the number of writers and journalists who have been detained or imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, including for journalistic, artistic, or human rights work (click here to read more about PEN International’s work on Egypt).

For any further information, please contact Nael Georges, PEN International, Koops Mill Mews, 162-164 Abbey Street, London SE1 2AN | Tel: +44 (0) 207 405 0338 | Email: Nael.Georges [at] pen-international [dot] org

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