Stop the crackdown in Egypt – Solidarity with April 25 detainees

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Stop the crackdown in Egypt – Solidarity with April 25 detainees

[Update: 14 May – 101 sentenced to 5 years in jail, and 51 to 2 years in jail in cases related to the 25 April protests. 47 of the five year jail sentences later overturned on appeal].

The response of the Egyptian security forces to the return of popular protest to the streets of Egypt reveals the bankruptcy of European policy towards the regime of Abdelfattah al-Sisi. In the run up to demonstrations planned for 25 April, we have seen waves of arrests and dawn raids on activists’ homes, including prominent labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain. Over 1000 have been seized in the latest crackdown, and over 100 have been given 5 year jail sentences. They join tens of thousands of others jailed and hundreds forcibly “disappeared” by the Egyptian authorities in recent years.

Meanwhile, attacks on civil society are intensifying. Staff from Egyptian NGOs could be facing 25 year jail sentences over allegedly receiving foreign funding as the regime attempts to stifle those few local voices which speak out against human rights abuses. There is no doubt that the independent trade unions are next on the authorities’ list of targets: the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity was reported last week to have launched an investigation into their funding.

Despite these appalling circumstances, the struggle by Egyptians to defend their democratic and social rights is still very much alive. Strikes have multiplied in recent weeks with nurses and steel workers among those taking action over pay and conditions. The decision of Al-Sisi to hand over control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia has mobilised a wide coalition of groups to protest under the slogan “Egypt is not for sale”. Troops and tanks were deployed to crush planned protests on 25 April.

Yet Europe’s leaders continue to intensify their collaboration with the Egyptian regime through arms exports, security cooperation and investment promotion drives. This cooperation does not only endanger Egyptians, it also puts European citizens at risk, as the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior’s systematic obstruction of the Italian-led investigation into the murder and torture of Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni clearly demonstrates.

We declare today that when our governments are silent over abuses by the Egyptian state, we will speak out. We will campaign through our parliaments, our trade unions, our universities and the organisations of civil society to oppose arms sales and security cooperation with a regime which commits grave violations of human rights. We will continue to mobilise across Europe to demand truth for Giulio Regeni, justice for Egypt’s disappeared and for the release of Haitham Mohamedain and other political prisoners.

John McDonnell, MP – Ian Hodson, National President, BFAWU – Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA – Jason Turvey, Treasurer, TSSA – Dr Liz Lawrence, President, UCU – John Hendy, QC – Professor Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy, University of Nottingham – Professor John Geary, University College Dublin – Dr Kambiz Boomla, Assistant Secretary, Tower Hamlets BMA – Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop The War Coalition – Adam Lambert, Regional Officer, UNITE the Union – Professor Alex Callinicos, Kings College London – Professor Michael Lavalette, National Co-ordinator, Social Work Action Network – Nicola Fisher, Chair, Glasgow Stop The War Coalition – Dr John Rees, Stop the War Coalition – Dr Brian Kelly, Reader in History, Queens University Belfast – Dr Jonathon Pattenden, Lecturer, University of East Anglia – Professor Iain Ferguson – Mary Compton, Past President, National Union of Teachers – John Davidson, Deputy Group Secretary, PCS – Xanthe Whittaker, National Executive Committee, UCU – Roy Bentham, National Committee, Blacklist Support Group – Jessica Edwards, National Executive member, NUT- Dr Jackie Applebee-Turner, Honorary Secretary, BMA London Region – Sarah Tomlinson, Divisional Secretary, NUT – Angela McCormick, National Executive member, EIS FELA – Marianne Owens, National Executive Committee members, PCS – Kate Douglas, PCS DWP South East Regional Secretary – Ian McKendrick, Communications Officer, UNISON Oxfordshire Health Branch – Ian Bradley, Unite London construction branch treasurer – William Brooks, Secretary, Causeway Trades Council- Dr Brian Kelly, Reader in History, Queens University Belfast – Andrew Osborne, Chair, Unite L&E GEMS RISC – Doug Morgan, Assistant General Secretary, Birmingham NUT – Sally Kincaid, Divisional Secretary – Wakefield and District NUT – Raymond Morell, Chair, Unite, London and Eastern, Aerospace and Shipbuilding industrial sector committee (RISC) – Candy Udwin, Organiser, PCS National Gallery – Tony Phillips, Branch Secretary, UNISON London Fire Authority – Debs Gwynn, President, Halton NUT – Alex Tarry, Assistant Secretary London Met University UNISON – Peter Lockhart, National Organiser PCS – Ian Murphy, Regional Secretary, CWU – Noreen Hayes, RMT – Frank Curtis, Rep, RMT – Dave Barnes, Branch Chair Network Rail London South

And the following signatories from Greece:

Grigoris Kalomoiris, member of the steering committee, National Confederation of Civil Service Unions (ADEDY)

Christos Argyris, member of the steering committee, health workers union, G. Genimatas Hospital, Athens

Thanasis Diavolakis, member of the steering committee, Federation of Teachers Unions in Private Education

Zanneta Lysikatou, member of the General Council, Federation of Hospital Doctors Unions

Yannis Theoharis, member of the steering committee, Federation of Metal Workers Unions

Panagiotis Kalfagiannis, president of Federation of TV and radio workers unions

Kostas Katarahias, chair, health workers union, Athens cancer hospital Aghios Savvas

Christina Lada, chair, Primary school teachers union, Messinia department

Yorgos Botsides, member of the steering committee, Evros Labour Centre

Nasos Bratsos, member of the General Council, Federation of Journalists Unions

Antonis Dalakoyeorgos, president, National Union of Seamen

Margarita Papamina, member of the steering committee, Chania department of the Confederation of Civil Service Unions

Costas Pittas, secretary, Federation of civil servants unions in the Ministry of Development

Spyros Revithis, president, Athens Metro workers Union

Vasilis Sylaidis, member of the steering committee, INTRACOM workers union

Costas Vorgias, member of the steering committee, INTRACOM workers union

Yannis Tsalimoglou, member of the steering committee, Piraeus Dockers Union

Nikos Hatzaras, secretary, Local government workers union, Ampelokipi, greater Salonica

Alexandros Martzoukos, member of the steering committee,   Actors Union

Petros Constantinou, councillor, Athens city council and coordinator of KEERFA (Unite against racism and the fascist threat)

Katerina Thoidou, councilor, Nikaia city council

Orestis Ilias, councilor, Vrilissia city council

Serafeim Rizos, councilor, Chania city council

Panos Garganas, editor Workers Solidarity weekly paper

Yannis Sifakakis, coordinator Stop the War coalition

All further signatories in alphabetical order

Title First name Lastname Position (eg General Secretary, Coordinator) Organisation Country
Yasmine Abdelrahman Vice President Banker Egypt
Michelle Adhemar Steward Unison NICE branch UK
Dr Talat Ahmed UCU UK
Professor Nadje Al-Ali Professor of Gender Studies SOAS University of London UK
David Albrich Secretary Neue Linkswende Austria
Doctor Sarah Alhulail Doctor United Kingdom
Mrs Sonia Ali Rep NUT uk
Hilary Allanson Unison UK
Ian Allinson Branch chair Unite the Union UK
Dr Thalia Anthony Associate Professor UTS Law Faculty Australia
Dr Jackie Applebee/Turner Hon Sec London Region BMA British Medical Association UK
Mary Armitage
Phd Student Agnès Aubry UNIL Switzerland
Mr. Baba Aye Secretary/Coordinator West African Health Sector Unions’ Network (WAHSUN) Nigeria
Ms Avril Baker UK
Mr John Baker UCU UK
Athanasia Barakiti Greece
Mr Colin Barker Honorary Lecturer Manchester Metropolitan University UK
Dave Barnes Branch Chair Network Rail London South TSSA UK
Dr Elise Beket Intern WHO Israel
Mr Martin Bennell Unite Uk
Sara Bennett Unite the Union UK
Mr Roy Bentham National Committee Blacklist Support Group UK
Professor Andreas Bieler Professor of Political Economy University of Nottingham UK
Dr E Bishop Associate Professor USA
Mike Black Branch Secretary Cambridge Revenue & Customs PCS UK
Mr Rick Blackman None University and College Union U.K.
Edna Bonhomme Doctoral Candidate Princeton University United States
Dr Kambiz Boomla Assistant Secretary Tower Hamlets British Medical Association British Medical Association UK
Miss Louise Bosanquet Social worker Wrexham Local Authority Wales
Mr Graeme Boxall Branch secretary Unite the union England
Richard Boyd Barrett TD – Member of Irish parliament People Before Profit Ireland
Mr Ian Bradley Unite London construction branch treasurer Unite the union UK
Simon Brett Branch Secretary Leeds Revenue & Customs PCS UK
A Britton Assistant Secretary South London Revenue & Customs
William Brooks Secretary Causeway Trades Council N. Ireland
Laura Brooks Teacher UK
Mr Stephen Brown Human Being International Proletariat UK
Colm Bryce Tutor Ruskin College, Oxford England
Christine Buchholz MP DIE LINKE Party Germany
Elena Cal Spain
Graham Campbell Justice for Sheku Bayoh, Glasgow Coordinator Unite, House of Commons Branch Scotland
Miss Claudia Campbell member Socialist Workers Party UK
Ms. Maeve Caraher Lecturer UCD Ireland
Pat Carmody Secretary Unite Oxfam Branch UK
Gerry Carroll Elected member of Stormont Assembly People Before Profit Northern Ireland
Professeur Véronique Chiffard France
Johannes Chinchilla Nederland
Catherine Cobham University of St Andrews Scotland UK
Adam Cochrane Solicitor United Kingdom
Mr Andy Coles Mentor UCU United Kingdom
Mr Andy Coles UCU United Kingdom
Miss Emma Collison UK
Ms Mary Compton Past President National Union of Teachers UK
Member Of Athens Municipality Petros Constantinou Councillor ANTARSYA Greece
Councillor Athens Municipality Petros Constantinou Member Athens municipality Greece
Mr Manuel Cortes General Secretary TSSA UK
Lucy Cox UK
Carolina Cruz Germany
Soner Çubukçu PhD Student University of York United Kingdom
Dr. Joseph Daher Teaching Assistant in Lausanne University, Switzerland Revolutionary Left Movement in Syria – solidaritéS (switzerland) Switzerland
John Davidson Deputy Group Secretary PCS UK
Mr Michael Dobbin IT Northern Ireland
Mr Daniel Dobson Electrician Marco United Kingdom
Ms Kate Douglas PCS DWP South East Regional Secretary PCS UK
Ben Drake Branch Chair York City UNISON UK
Mr Ronnie Draper General Secretary BFAWU UK
Annette Dubois Switzerland
Mark Dunk Unite L&E Disabled members committee (PC) Yes
Dr Andrew Durgan Teacher Barcelona University Catalonia
Dr Peter Dwyer Branch Executive Ruskin College, Oxford, University and College Union
Ms Jessica Edwards NUT national executive member for Inner London NUT UK
Dr Phil Edwards Lecturer Manchester Metropolitan University UK
Dr Fatima El Issawi Senior Lecturer in Journalism Essex University Essex
Dr Roland Erne Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations and Human Resources The UCD Michael Schmurfit School of Business Ireland
M Exley Vice Chair Liverpool Museums Branch PCS UK
Houcine Fahmi Almounadil-a Current Morocco
Dr. Majella Fahy Lecturer University College Dublin Ireland
Profesora Alicia Fdez Gómez Spain
Professor Iain Ferguson Scotland
Enseñante Alicia Fernández Gómez Spain
Profesora Alicia Fernández Gómez Trotskista
Maria Cristina Ferraguti Italy
Nicola Fisher Chair Glasgow Stop the War Coalition UK
Miss Natalie Fleming Equality officer CWU Ireland
Ms Penny Foskett NUT Britain
Lee Fowler Unite UK
Professor Rosemary Galli Retired Observatorio das Nacionalidades UK
Professor John Geary University College Dublin Ireland
Mr Michael Georges Retired United Kingdom local government United Kingdom
Dr Lindsey German Convenor Stop the War Coslition UK
Alan Gibson NEC member National Union of Journalists UK
Dr Donny Gluckstein EIS-FELA National Executive and EIS Council Educational Institute of Scotland Scotland
Stuart Graham Shop Steward UNISON Scotland
Mr Nick Grant Former NUT NEC member for Outer London UK
Margherita Grazioli Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Leicester United Kingdom
Mr François Grec switzerland
Debs Gwynn President Halton NUT UK
Not Applicable Kristin Hamada Organiser NUJ United Kingdom
Miss Magda Hamdy Translator Egypt
Billy Hania Freedom Advocate Palestine Solidarity Network New Zealand
Dr Matt Hannam Parliamentary Caseworker UK
Mr James Harte Uk
Andreas Haun Österreich
M. Eng. Iris Heckel Austria
Wayne Heimbach USA
Wayne Heimbach USA
Mr John Hendy Qc     UK
David Heuser Neue Linkswende Austria
David Heuser Austria
Mrs Bussayaphat Hill Graphic Designer Private Company Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Mr David Hillman chair oxford psc u.k.
Ian Hodson National President BFAWU UK
Ian Hogg UK
Dr Christian Hogsbjerg Leeds University UNISON United Kingdom
Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass Israel
Goretti Horgan Equality Officer UCU at Ulster University Northern Ireland
Ms Amy Horton Researcher Queen Mary University of London UK
David Hughes Local Govt Service Group Executive pc UNISON UK
Julie Hunt UK
Heidi Hunter Branch Chair PCS UK
Khadija Hyati Fnv Nederland
Dr Filip Ilkowski University of Warsaw Poland
Elvira Isenring
Martin John Executive Officer PCS
Phil Johns Unite UK
Dr Coral Jones Honorary Secretary City & Hackney Division BMA UK
Dr Brian Kelly Reader in History Queen’s University Belfast N. Ireland
Gino Kenny TD – Member of Irish parliament People Before Profit Ireland
Charlie Kimber Editor, Socialist Worker UK
Ms Sally Kincaid Divisional Secretary- Wakefield and District NUT National Union of Teachers UK
Mr Mark Krantz Media officer, Stop the WarCoalition, Manchester STWC U.K.
Ms Penny Krantz Retired UNISON Unis shop steward/Equal Opps UNISON Uk
Dimitra Kyrillou Member of Central Coordinating Committee ANTARSYA GREECE
Professor Michael La Alette National Coordinator Social Work Action Network UK
Adam Lambert Regional Officer Unite the union United Kingdom
Drs Hans Lammers Members Parliament FNV NL
Aiden Lawler Socialist Workers Party
Zoe Lawlor Union rep Unite Ireland
Staff Nurse Patrick Lawlor Branch organiser NIPSA United Kingdom
Dr Elizabeth Lawrence UCU President University and College Union United Kingdom
Richard Lederer Austria
Michael Letwin Co-Convener Labor for Palestine United States
Andrejka Likar Slovenia
Miss Michelle Lincoln Steward Unison United Kingdom
Dr Anna Livingstone General Medical Practitioner Limehouse Practice UK
Professor Zachary Lockman New York University USA
Zita Logar österreich
Miss Corrin Logsdail PA England
Marilen Lorenz Austria
Claire Lyall ex vice convenor Unison Scotland
Mr Tony Maguire N. Ireland
Souleima Majeldi researcher Tunisia
Mr Des Mannay Wales
Mr Gerard McCabe Retired Trade Union Member Unison Scotland
Eamon McCann Elected Member of Stormont Assembly People Before Profit Northern Irealnd
Angela McCormick EIS FELA National Executive member United Kingdom
Gary McFarlane Equality Council member and Black Members Council National Union Journalist United Kingdom
Mr. Archie McKay Northern Ireland
Tommy McKearney Ireland
Co Chair Stop The War Coalition Scotland Keir McKechnie Co Chair Stop the War Coalition Scotland Scotland
Ian McKendrick Communications Officer UNISON Oxfordshire Health Branch United Kingdom
Dr Colm Mclaughlin Senior Lecturer University College Dublin Ireland
Dr Laura McMahon Lecturer University of Cambridge UK
Tracian Meikle PhD University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Mr Neil Milligan Unite Scotland
Professor Laura Morales UK
Mr Raymond Morell Chair, Unite, London and Eastern, Aerospace and Shipbuilding industrial sector committee (RISC) Unite Britain
Mr Doug Morgan Assistant General Secretary Birmingham NUT United Kingdom
Erika Morselli Fonctioner Flai-cgil Italy
Ken Muller Joint Secretary Islington Teachers Association (NUT) UK
Professor Of Sociology, Emerson College Yasser Munif USA
Ms Esther Neslen UK
Mr Bryan Nott Solicitor UK
Mr Michael O Kane
Mr Ruaidhri O Sandair General Council member NIPSA Northern Ireland
Mr Simon O’Hara Union Rep National Union of Teachers UK
Dr. Stephen Oren n/a n/a USA
Andrew Osborne chair unite L&E GEMS RISC uk
Mr Declan Owens Lawyer Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies Ireland
Ms Marianne Owens National Executive Committee member Public & Commercial Services Union Wales
Research Fellow (Dr) Brian Philip Parkin Member University and College Union (UCU) UK
Dr Jonathan Pattenden Lecturer University of East Anglia UK
Tony Phillips Branch Secretary, UNISON London Fire Authority UNISON UK
Dr Nicola Pratt Reader, International Politics of the Middle East University of Warwick UK
Dr Nicola Pratt Reader, International Politics of the Middle East University of Warwick UK
Emily Rainey VOA committee PCS UK
Mr Philip Ramsell UNISON UK
Dr. John Rees Stop the War Coalition UK
Andy Reid VOA Committee PCS UK
Dr. Michael Richardson Visiting Research Fellow University and College Union
Mr Phil Rowan Activist RMT UK
Jonathan Russell Chair Aberdeen and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament United Kingdom
Miss Rabia Saleem Unemployed SWP UK
Ayesha Saleem SWP UK
Miss Chitra Sangtani artist UK
Mark Sayers UK
Ms Miriam Scharf International Officer Newham Teachers’ Association NUT United Kingdom
Vanessa Schöneich Secretary workers union Germany
Marieke Schöning Student University of Amsterdam Germany / Netherlands
Dr Barbara Schwepcke Chair of the Trustees Gingko Library United Kingdom
Mr Neil Seepujak UK
Dr Ben Selwyn University of Sussex UK
Mr Sasha Simic Shop Steward USDAW C133 branch USDAW UK
Writer Teacher Svetlana Simonovska Czech Republic
Linda Simons
Dr Jackie Sinclair Lecturer University College Dublin Ireland
Mr Roddy Slorach Equalities and Diversity Officer Imperial College UCU England
Brid Smith TD – Member of Irish parliament People Before Profit Ireland
Joel Smith UK
Professor Steve Smith Professor of History University of Oxford UK
Ms Amanda Squire Teacher NUT England
Mr Tony Staunton President Plymouth Trades Union Council United Kingdom
Diana Swingler steward (pc) Tower Hamlets Unison UK
Dr Michael Szpakowski Lecturer Writtle College UK
Miss Gabrielle Tierney U.K.
Sara Tomlinson Divisional Secretary NUT UK
Mike Treen Nations Director Unite Union New Zealand
Mr Gassim Turay SOG Officer Unison UK
Mr Jason Turvey Treasurer TSSA United Kingdom
Terence Turvey UK
Ms Candy Udwin Organiser PCS National Gallery United Kingdom
Ms Fatims Uygun unite Scotland
Dr Ewout Van Den Berg Coordinator International Socialists the Netherlands
B Wallis Searchlight magazine PCS UK
J Webster Assistant Secretary Revenue & Customs West Midlands PCS UK
Hector Wesley National Executive Committee PCS UK
Mr Gordon White Deputy Secretary Northants NUT pc NUT UK
Xanthe Whittaker National Executive Committee University & College Union England
Huw Williams Shop steward UNISON UK
Paul Williams National Executive PCS UK
Alistair Wingate uk
Margaret Woods Trade Union Organiser Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees (GCtWR) United Kingdom
Mrs Eleanor Woyen Socialist Worker and N.U.T member United Kingdom
Bsc Jakob Zelger Activist Neue Linkswende Austria