RightsCon keynote Alaa Abd El Fatah, a prominent Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer is now languishing in prison for refusing to answer questions from an illegitimate military tribunal on questionable charges of “incitement.” His crime? Demanding that civilians be tried by judges, not soldiers.
Alaa’s case represents a far greater injustice – at least 12,000 Egyptian citizens have been tried by military courts since the overthrow of Mubarak. This is a gross violation of international law and a far cry from the democracy Egyptians called for earlier this year.
Nearly 10,000 people in less than 24 hours have signed the Access petition calling on President Obama and the U.S. Congress to demand Egypt’s military rulers to end emergency law, free Alaa and cease trying civilians in military courts.
Go here to sign the Access petition: https://www.accessnow.org/free-alaa