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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 01:52 AM
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Free Alaa AccessNow petition to the Obama administration and Congress
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Egyptian blogger and software developer Alaa Abd El Fattah keynoting the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference. October 25, 2011.

Off the plane from Silicon Valley and straight into Egyptian military prison. This is the fate of Alaa Abd El Fattah, one of the keynote speakers at RightsCon. Alaa, a high-profile 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 stood before a tribunal 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.

Just last week, President Obama called for an end to the Egyptian state of emergency and to cease trying civilians in military tribunals. As Egypt's largest aid donor, the US has the power to demand that Egypts military rulers change course, release Alaa, and the other citizens detained or sentenced though such extraordinary courts.

Dear President Obama and the US Congress,
We urge you to call on Egypts Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to immediately and unconditionally end emergency law and stop the military trial and deterntion of civilians, including Alaa Abd El Fattah.
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