Dozens of doctors, trade unionists and academics from Greece, the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland and the USA have launched an international statement calling for the release of Egyptian doctors’ union activist Dr Taher Mokhtar following his arrest on 14 January in a dawn raid on his home. Add your name to the statement online here
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Statement in solidarity with Dr Taher Mokhtar
We were alarmed to hear that our colleague, Dr Taher Mokhtar, a member of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the Egyptian Doctors Union, was arrested in a dawn raid on his home on 14 January 2016. Taher has played a key role in defending doctors’ and patients’ rights in Egypt, both as a leading activist with the Doctors’ Union and as a tireless campaigner for Egypt’s public health service. He is also an outspoken critic of the current military regime who has taken a courageous public stand in solidarity with victims of state repression across the political spectrum.
We call for Taher’s immediate release and for any charges or case in preparation against him and others arrested with him to be dropped.
We further call on the Egyptian government, military and security services to end the prosecution of opponents of the current regime for the peaceful exercise of their democratic rights, to release all those detained without a fair trial and to end the practice of forced disappearances.
Dr Yorgos Tsironis, member of the General Council, Federation of Hospital Doctors Unions, Greece
Ron Singer, Chair Doctors’ Section UNITE the union, UK
Lot van Baaren, lid Algemeen Bestuur FNV, kaderlid zorg en welzijn. (General Board FNV union federation)
Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, British Medical Association Junior Doctors’ committee, UK
Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, British Medical Association Junior Doctors’ committee, UK
Danielle Tiplady, Student nurses’ bursary campaign organiser, UK
Sean Petty, RN, Board of Directors, New York State Nurses Association,*
John Robson MD FRCGP GP and Reader Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dr Kambiz Boomla. General Practitioner MA MSc MB BChir MRCP FRCGP Senior Clinical Lecturer Queen Mary University London, UK
Dr Anna Livingstone General Practitioner MA MSc MB BS FRCGP, BMA member, UK
Dr Jackie Applebee/Turner GP in Tower Hamlets, Hon Sec of London Region BMA, UK
Chris Griffiths, Professor of Primary Care, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL
Dr Peadar O’Grady, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Dublin, Ireland
Dr Christos Argyris, member of the steering committee, health workers union, G. Genimatas Hospital, Athens, Greece
Dr Kostas Katarahias, chair, health workers union, Athens cancer hospital Aghios Savvas, also member of the of the steering committee of Hospital Doctors Union of Athens (EINAP)
Dr Panos Papanikolaou, member of the of the steering committee of Hospital Doctors Union of Athens (EINAP), Greece
Dr Michalis Rizos, chair of the steering committee, health workers union, Attikon Hospital, Athens, Greece
Maria Alifieri, radiology technician, secretary of the steering committee, health workers union, Aglaia Kyriakou Hospital, Athens, Greece
Dr Mihalis Psarris, member of the steering committee, health workers union, University Hospital of Patras, Greece
Eleni Kazolea, nurse, member of the steering committee, health workers union, Aglaia Kyriakou Hospital, Athens, Greece
Spyros Staikos, administration stuff, treasurer of the steering committee, health workers union, Attikon Hospital, Athens, Greece
Panos Liapopoulos, nurse, member of the steering committee, health workers union, Paidon Pentelis, Hospital, Athens, Greece
Maria Alexandridou, nurse, member of the steering committee, health workers union, Thriassion, Hospital, Elefsina, Greater Athens, Greece
Kostas Kostarelos, radiology technician, trade unionist, health workers union, G. Genimatas Hospital, Athens
Vasileios Leftheriotis, trade unionist, health workers union, Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece
Katerina Avramidou, nurse, trade unionist, health workers union, Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr Dimitra Kalantzi, trade unionist, health workers union, General Hospital of Larissa
Argyro Kotzabasaki, nurse, trade unionist, health workers union, Ippokrateio Hospital of Athens, Greece
Eleni Karamanou, nurse, trade unionist, health workers union, Athens cancer hospital Aghios Savvas, Greece
Kostas Polydoros, administration stuff, trade unionist, health workers union in Private Sector, (OSNIE), Greece
Dr Thanasis Stayridis, trade unionist, in private sector Hospital, Greece
Dr Sylvia Fessa, trade unionist, in private sector Hospital, Greece
Dr Maria Dasiou, trade unionist, in National Organization of Primary Health (EOPYY)
Andrew Pollack, Sr. Data Analyst, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Katie Robbins, MPH, New York, NY, USA
Mats Delsing, medical student university of Amsterdam
Lianne Kleine, medical student, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Robin de Best, medical student, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
J.C.L. Himmelreich, MD MSc, doctor assistant neurology Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Rachel Brult, student doctor, The Netherlands
Elise Beket, student doctor, AMC, The Netherlands
Dr. N. Jafari, Neurologist in Amphia Hospital Breda, The Netherlands
Dina Garane, member of the steering committee, of high school teachers Union, C ELME of Athens, Greece
Theodosis Fillipou, member of the steering committee, of high school teachers Union, ELME of Zakynthos, Greece
Paschalis Tapeinopoulos, member of the steering committee of primary school teachers, of Elefsina, Greater Athens, Greece
Chara Balli, member of the steering committee of primary school teachers of Pella, Northern Greece
Serafim Rizos, member of the steering committee of primary school teachers of Chania, Crete, Greece
Ilias Argyropoulos, member of the steering committee of the federation of the media workers POEPTYM, Greece
Gianna Sakellariou, member of the steering committee of the federation of the media workers POEPTYM, Greece
Mitsos Argyrokastritis, member of the steering committee, Athens Labour Centre, Greece
Yannis Theoharis, member of the steering committee, Federation of Metal Workers Unions, Greece
Panagiotis Kalfagiannis, president of Federation of TV and radio workers unions, Greece
Christina Lada, chair, Primary school teachers union, Messinia department, Greece
Reozili Soundoulidou, member of the steering committee, Local government workers union, Vrilissia, Greater Athens, Greece
Kostas Megagiannis, member of the steering committee, Local government workers union, Ag. Paraskevi, Greater Athens, Greece
Yorgos Botsides, member of the steering committee, Evros Labour Centre, Greece
Nasos Bratsos, member of the General Council, Federation of Journalists Unions, Greece
Antonis Dalakoyeorgos, president, National Union of Seamen, Greece
Margarita Papamina, member of the steering committee, Chania department of the Confederation of Civil Service Unions, Greece
Costas Pittas, secretary, Federation of civil servants unions in the Ministry of Development
Spyros Revithis, president, Athens Metro workers Union, Greece
Antonis Stamatopoulos, ex-president, Athens Metro workers Union, Greece
Vasilis Sylaidis, member of the steering committee, INTRACOM workers union, Greece
Costas Vorgias, member of the steering committee, INTRACOM workers union, Greece
Yannis Tsalimoglou, member of the steering committee, Piraeus Dockers Union, Greece
Nikos Hatzaras, secretary, Local government workers union, Ampelokipi, greater Thessaloniki, Greece
Joanne Landy, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Bruce G. Trigg, MD-Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Elizabeth T. Matthews, MD-Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Linda Prine, MD, Medical Director, Reproductive Health Access Project
Omar El-Shafei, Translator and independent leftist researcher based in New York
Laura S. Boylan, MD, Adjunct Professor of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine*
*Organization listed for identification purposes only.
Dr. Ghayath Naisse, chef of surgery department, Centre Hospitalier Gneviéve de Gaulle Anthonioz, France.
Dr. Amr Elshora, Egyptian medical syndicate, Egypt.
Sophie Roborgh, PHD candidate, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Harita Meenee, author, Greece.
David McNally, professor York University, Canadian Association of University Teachers, Canada.
Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate professor University of Peloponnese, Greece.
Tim Nicholls, trade union official PCS, United Kingdom.
Dr. Yannis Gourtsoyannis, University College Hospital, United Kingdom.
Dr. Mona Kamal Ahmed, British Medical Association, United Kingdom.
Dr. Dylan Roi, North West London Healthcare Trust, United Kingdom.
Dr. Costis Melolidaki, Associate professor Department of Mathemeatics, University of Athens, Greece.
Roxanne Roshandel, medical student AMC, the Netherlands.
Dr. Lauren Robson, United Kingdom.
Dr. Marc Lavietes, University Hospital / Newark NJ, USA.
Dr. Ahmed Nenaa, orthopedic surgery Kasralainy, Egypt.
Dirk Hoogenkamp, medical student, the Netherlands.
Filareti Zafirpoulos, assistant professor, University of Patras, Greece.
Elizabeth Wrigle-Field, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, Columbia University, USA.
Alex Buckingham, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, USA.
Philip Gasper, professor emeritus, Notre Dame de Namur University, USA.
Dr. Antony Bolton, NSW Health, United Kingdom.
Anita Sreedhar, medical student, RWJMS, USA.
Dr. Brian Robinson, Unite & BMA, retired, United Kingdom.
Nadia Saeed, Canada.
Maureen van der Pligt, worker union, FNW, Holland.
Mees Mansvelders, AMC-UvA, Netherlands.
Atte Houtsma, trade unionist FNV, Netherlands.
Anja Aaroudse, Netherlands.
Dr. Anna Roberts, Western Sussex NHS trust, United Kingdom.
Robin Koller, medical student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Martien Wijnen, FNV Zorg&Welzijn,Netherlands.
Anna Kolodziejczyk, medical student, United Kingdom.
Michael Letwin, attorney, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, United States.
Dr. Brian Gibbons, general practice, FRCGP, Wales, UK.
Bart Griffioen, Netherlands.
Wilbert Boeijen, Netherlands.
Michael Marchman, educator, United States.
G.J. Bruijn, Netherlands.
D.J Overdijk, trade unionist, FNV, Netherlands.
Zambia Katsanevaki, NTUA, laboratory teaching staff, Ελλάδα.
Emma Sundqvist, Lund University, Sweden.
Anna Sneijdet, Holland.
Maya Finoh, student, United States.
Dr. Erick Thomas, United States.
Dr. Ralph Rynes, retired physician, United States.
A.M. Van Duuren, Netherlands.
Ian Crosson, teacher, Tower Hamlets College, UK.
Petronella van der Hamsvoord, Netherlands.
Edna Bonhomme, PhD Candidate, United States.
Dr. Evangelia Antoniou, TEI ATHENS-MIDWIFERY, LECTURE OF MIDWIFESY, Greece.
Judith Swift, WEA, URTU/GMB, teacher, UK.
Dennis Kosuth, National Nurses United, Cook County Hospital, United States.
Adam Cochrane, United Kingdom.
Kelly Eamonn, senior lecturer, University of South Wales, UCU, United Kingdom.
Dr. Ben Hart, GP, Chrisp Street Health Centre, BMA/Unite, United Kingdom.
Alex de Jong, Netherlands.
Elizabeth Lalasz, Nurse Representative-National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, United States.
Arthur Nicoll, communications officer, Dundee City Unison Branch, Unison, Scotland.
Brian Kelly, United States.
Malcolm Povey, Professor of Food Physics, University of Leeds, UCU, United Kingdom.
Dr. Christian Hogsbjerg, University of Leeds, UNISON, United Kingdom.
John Baker, teacher (retired), EHWLC, UCU, United Kingdom.
Dr. Gabriella Alberti, lecturer, University of Leeds, UCU, United Kingdom.
Dr. Spyridon Symniakou, General Practitioner, UK.
Bahadur Najak, Durham University, UCU, England.
Anthony Arnove, editor Haymarket Books, National Writers Union, United States.
Dr. Mervyn Nicholson, faculty, Thompson Rivers University, Canada.
Dr. Sarah Alhulail, GP Trainee, BMA, United Kingdom.
James Lauderdale, USA.
Mike Lammiman, Clinical trials coordinator, University of Hull/ Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, UCU, UK.
Dr. Saber Elsafty, HSE Galway, GP, Ireland.
Sean Wallis, Senior Research Fellow in Corpus Linguistics, University College London, UCU, UK:
Miriam Scharf, teacher, Newham Teachers Association, NUT, UK.
Andrea Nader, Health Care Worker, North Yorks County Council, England.
Tracy Kwon, nurse, United States.
Maria Paradeisi, Assistant Professor, Panteion University, Ελλάδα.
Cameron Stocks, medical student, Barts and the London, Unite, BMA, United Kingdom.
Katinka Nauta, medical student, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Maarten Hoogland, Environmental Health, Netherlands.
Jackie Oversby, Retired Charity Worker, Unite, United Kingdom.
Sean Petty, HHC, Pedriatic Emergency Room Nurse, New York State Nurses Association, United States.
Ella Wind, Graduate Student, New York University, GSOC-UAW, United States.
Middle East-North Africa Justice Committee, National Lawyers Guild-International, USA.
Suzanne Adely, Attorney, Labor for Palestine, USA.
Audrey Bomse, lawyer, National Lawyers Guild, USA.
Nicoline Maarschalk Meijer, house wife, FNV, Netherlands.
Suzy Franklin, NHS, UNISON, UK.
William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Defender and Freelance Journalist, United Kingdom.
Camille Tsang, Unite the Union (Health), UK.
Paraskevas Psanis, Greece.
Andy Ridley, Student Nurse, Bartshealth, UK.
Jennifer Morrison, Nurse, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland, UK.
S de Jong, medical student, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Nicola Saunders, Psychotherapist, Unite, UK.
Rosalind Howell, Movement Psychotherapist, United Kingdom.
Nick Davis, Psychotherapist, England.
Beatrice Millar, Councellor, Psychotherapists and Counsellors Union.
Sandor Schokker, Internal Medicine, Westfriesgasthuis, Netherlands.
Brian Champ, Canada.
Dr. Coral Jones, GP, London Fields Medical Centre, Unite, UK.
Dr. Stephen Oren, USA.
Reinhard Stran, GO, Germany.
Dough Seidman, United States.
Karen Pfeifer, retired, United States.
Howie Hawkins, Teamsters, USA.
Peter Lentelink, FNV, Netherlands.
Uklas Uklasius, Naval engineer, Greece.
Dr. Jesse McLaren, Emergency Medicine, Canada.
Steve Leigh, Fiscal Specialist, University of Washington, SEIU, USA.
Jeffrey Hurford, UK.
Carol Beck, Teaching Assistant Admin, School Secondary, Unite, UK.
Alan Fenton Bradford District Community Matron RCN
Tez Calvert Bradford District CPN GMB
Philippa Jones University of Leceister Medical Student BMA
Vicky Mayers University of Manchester Medical Student BMA
T Omar University of Keele Medical Student BMA
Bala Lyoukaran, University of Birmingham Doctor BMA
Thabo Miller Coyles Medical Paediatrics BMA
Antony Lempert Wylcwm Street Surgery Knighton GP BMA and Unite
Emma Runswick University of Manchester Medical Student BMA
David Wrigley NHS GP BMA and Unite
Kanwar Panesar Actnagelvin Hospital General Surgeon BMA
Vijoy Singh Locum GP GP BMA
Penelope Jarrett GP GP BMA
Professor Wendy Savage Retired gynaecologist Obstetrics and Gynaecology BMA and Unite
Professor Allyson Pollock Queen Mary University of London Public Health BMA and Unite
Ellen McCourt HRI A&E BMA
Zoe Greaves Public Health BMA
Kelly Cruickshank GMW Psychiatry BMA
Amy Elliott University of Leceister Medical Student BMA
Jo Sutton-Klein University of Sheffield Medical Student BMA
Ruhe Chowdhury Kings College London Oncology BMA
Kamlesh Sheth Pharmacological Medicine Pharmacology BMA
Maharukh Daruwalla Lister Hospital Plastic Surgery BMA
Pouya Alenbari Kings College London Orthopaedics BMA
Ruth Hoggrett Freeman Hospital Newcastle Gastroenterology BMA
Janet Bolaji Morriston Hospital Medical Student BMA
Ben Molyneux Neaman Practice GP BMA
Jessica Court University of Birmingham Medical Student BMA