Egypt hunger strikes - international solidarity action
Around 140 detainees are on hunger strike in Egypt in protest at repressive laws which the military regime is using to criminalise dissent. Journalists, lawyers and activists in Egypt have started a campaign of rolling solidarity hunger strikes to support the detainees' campaign for justice. According to Egyptian human rights activists around 40,000 have been detained since July 2013, many of whom have been locked up in appalling conditions without charge or trial. They include Sanaa Seif, a 20 year old student who was arrested on a peaceful protest against the jailing of her brother and 23 others for 15 years and as a result has been in detention since the 21st of June.
Solidarity makes a real difference. Alaa Abdel Fattah and two other activists who launched the hunger strike campaign in August were released on bail on 15 September. We need to make sure that the campaign grows even stronger for those who remain.
Please leave your details if you are willing to join this action in solidarity with the detainees in Egypt. We are looking for volunteers to make a public pledge to join the hunger strike for 24 hours - the names of people taking part will be publicised on our website (
) and via social media. Wherever possible we want there to be events and activities around the hunger strike so that more people can get involved - for example by hosting a meeting in your student union or your workplace.
Read our guidelines here before taking part in the hunger strike:
Email (not for publication but to co-ordinate the campaign)
Phone number / Skype (not for publication but to co-ordinate the campaign)
Occupation / Union
Why do you want to take part in the campaign? (to be published via social media and our website)
Can you help with other activities (eg distributing leaflets, organising a meeting or a protest)?
Please tell us which day you prefer to join the action
Please let us know once you've done your 24 hour hunger strike by email (
) or via Twitter (@Egy_Solidarity) or on our Facebook page (
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