Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) will be present in the Peoples' Social Form in a workshop to discuss People Rights Vs Military Dictatorship

The Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) will be present in the Peoples' Social Form in a workshop to discuss People Rights Vs Military Dictatorship

What Arab spring brought to Egypt? Is it Democracy or Military Coup?
Friday August 22 at 2:45 p.m. at the University of Ottawa LMX Room 121

Our guest speakers will be:

Roger Annis, writer and antiwar activist in Vancouver. He has written extensively on events in Egypt during the past year for such publications as Truthout, Rabble.ca and website 'A Socialist in Canada'. rogera200@gmail.com

Ovide Bastien: Author and educator. Lived in Chile through the dark years of General Pinochet. Presently managing on a volunteer basis North South Studies development projects in Nicaragua. Recently, published an ebook version of Chili: le coup divin and of Chile: Underside of Economic Miracle.ovide.bastien@sympatico.ca

Mohamed S. Kamel: Freelance writer, editor of http://forafreeegypt.blogspot.com/, co-founder, member of the executive committee and spokesperson of The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), co-founder of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD-CECD). He is also member of several civil society organizations, among them Quebec Antiwar movement “Échec à la Guerre”, and Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP). Professionally, he is an engineer, LEED Green Associate and certified project manager.  public@mohamedkamel.com and @mskamel 

Background Information

On June 30 2013, exactly one year after Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected as president, large numbers of disenchanted people gathered in Tahrir square demanding the departure of Morsi. Three days later, General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, at the head of the armed forces forcefully deposed Morsi under the pretext of responding to ‘the call of the people’.
Since then, a brutal wide spread repression has gripped Egypt following a campaign to eliminate all opposition culminating in the massacres of Rabaa and Al-Nahda squares where supporters of Mohamed Morsi were camping (Aug14 2013). Canada and the West are turning a blind eye with the often mentioned excuse that better achieve ‘stability’ under a military dictatorship.
During this session, we will probe the issue of human rights versus ‘stability’. What have we learned from a similar situation; the coup of General Pinochet in Chile (1973)
Should we, in Canada be concerned? If so, what should our government do? What about our civil society?

We request That the government of Canada:
Ø  Demand the immediate and unconditional release of journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and Khaled Al-Qazzaz, permanent resident, father of four young Canadian daughters.
Ø  Demand an independent investigation in the shooting of Amr Mohamed Kassem, permanent resident, father of an infant Canadian daughter, killed during a peaceful protest in Alexandria.
Ø  Grant a special passport (diplomatic status) to Canadian journalists covering events in Egypt.
Ø  Refrain from selling armament and or ammunition to the Egyptian police or army.
Ø  Bar Egyptian officials implicated in killing protesters or human right abuses (according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) from entry.
Ø  Monitor closely the human rights situation in Egypt and denounce abuses in accordance with international treaties signed by Canada.
Ø  Appoint a liaison person with Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy for consultations

Join us in our struggle against the military dictatorship in Egypt.

Show your solidarity with Egyptians against the coup

About ECCDEgyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD) is a politically independent, non-affiliated pan Canadian organization with chapters in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Kingston, and St. John, which advocates for democracy and human rights in Egypt.

Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy 

For more information,
Samaa Elibyari samaa@videotron.ca

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