Egypt: Egyptian anti-war activists arrested and tortured

Stop the War Coalition
Emergency legislation used to suppress free expression.
In recent weeks, state security forces have used Egypt's state of emergency law to administratively detain individuals who took part in peaceful demonstrations expressing opposition to a possible war in Iraq. At least 13 Egyptian activists against the war on Iraq have been arrested. Ten of those 13 remain in custody, including a journalist and a film maker, and we know that eleven of the 13 arrested have been tortured. We have received a plea for solidarity from a broad range of anti-war and human rights groups in Egypt, asking us to protest to the Egyptian embassy in each of our countries, and to the Egyptian government. As signatories to the Cairo Declaration of December 2001 against war and globalisation, we ask you to support their appeal.