Date hunger strike started
Hours on strike
Country where you currently live
University / occupation
|Why I am on hunger strike|
|22/09/14||24||Theresa (Tessa) Stienen||UK||London||SOAS|
To send out a sign of solidarity with the unjustly detained, in the hope that they will keep the courage to continue their struggle.
|22/09/14||24||Sherif Azer||UK||York||University of York|
Its the least we can do in solidarity with detainees on hunger strike in Egypt.
|22/09/14||24||Ahmed Fayed||UK||London||King's College London||Support|
Because banning protests is a violation of human rights and freedom of expression. Most, if not all of the detainees who are on hunger strike, should not have been behind bars in the first place. I support the battle of empty stomachs against repressive law and regimes.
After every new wave of the revolution one can glimpse a horizon of freedom. Let’s have so many waves so that the sea and the horizon become one.
Similar to the hunger strike itself, this is a form of empowerment
Because no part of me can find any means of justifying the detention of men and women whose only crime is protesting. Grassroots solidarity may be slow but it makes an impact and raises awareness, and one day this impact will be enough to make a difference.
Worldwide, we see governments suppressing dissent of any form with crushing and disproportionate force. From the USA to Egypt to my home country of India, we are witnessing this brutal systematic State reaction, and solidarity of any form from any part of the world is essential to stop this global trend, and give hope to activists worldwide.
I am taking part in the hunger strike in solidarity with brave Egyptian activists who are in jail because of their protest against the oppressive laws in place in Egypt. Only through solidarity and unity can we spread the word about the restriction on freedoms in Egypt. Please join us in support of this important cause!”
Because the voice of dignity and justice cannot be silenced and I am keen to contribute to free those voices!
Because I would like to highlight that Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of jailed activist, Mohamed Soltan, by denying him medical care and placing him in solitary confinement as a form of punishment for his hunger strike. I'd also like to highlight that more than 80 jailed Egyptian activists are on a hunger strike protesting the dire conditions in which they are being held, prolonged pre-charge or pre-trial detentions and unfair trials. They are also protesting against a repressive Protest Law. Someone who is critically ill should not be denied medical care. Soltan should not even be in prison. Egypt should carry out fair trials and release all those detained for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
|24/09/14||24||Mohamed Al Jabban||UK||London|
To show solidarity with political prisoners in Egypt and all Arab world.
Because standing up against what's not right should be a fully legal act.
The vast arbitrary detention of prisoners of conscience in Egypt is one of the main tools of tyranny by the fascist military regime lead by Sisi. There are prisoners that have been detained for up to a year without even a charge, let alone a trial. Even when there is a trial it is at best an obscenity of justice.
Prisoners in Egypt started to go on a hunger strike as a measure of last resort as they ran out of options to spread their plight. One of them, Mohamed Sultan, has been in a hunger strike for 240 days now and is in critical condition. Furthermore, protests in Egypt that support prisoners are being met with lethal force and further detention using the regime's Protest Law. Following the prisoners' lead, activists outside of prison also started a hunger strike to bring attention to their cause, with limited success.
As the nature of any tyrannical regime, local media cannot be used as sources to reveal the prisoners' plight. However, the image of the regime on the international stage is the only thing that such regimes consider. So taking the prisoners' plight and cause internationally is a significant tool for easing their plight.
As a supporter of the Egyptian Revolution, I see the initiative as a great one to help the over 40,000 prisoners of conscience in Egypt that are detained in appalling conditions including regular torture.
This is why I will participate in the campaign.
Because I believe that every individual is entitled to the right of freedom of expression and that it is essential to assure that all other rights of the universal declaration of human rights are upheld.
I am taking part in the hunger strike in solidarty with egyptian prisoners because I think that the right to a fair trial and a fair sentence as well as fair treatment in prison in case of a conviction are fundamental human rights that should be respected by every state.
Union Solidarity International
|To show support for activists in Egypt.|
In solidarity with my Egyptian brothers and sisters who are fighting unfair dissent laws.
|24||Ahmed el-Nashar||Turkey||Istanbul||Lancaster Uni|
I want to take part for three reasons:
1- Stand in solidarity with my Egyptian brothers and sisters who have been detained unjustly by this dictator and his gang. To our imprisoned brothers and sisters we have not forgotten and we will not give up.
2- Send a message to the military dictators and their supporters that it is not over yet and we will regain our freedom and human rights
3- Revive the revolutionary spirit within us in the face of military dictatorships and injustice.
Athens University of Economics and Business
I want to take part in the campaign to raise awareness for the fight against the protest law in Egypt. Also the world has to know about the thousands of students and activists who are in jail without trials. #FreeEgypt
|24||Leo Bleif||Greece||Athens||Freie Universität Berlin|
I am doing this hunger strike out of solidarity with the political detainees in Egypt.
|24||Carsten Kaiser||Greece||Athens||Freie Universität Berlin|
I am doing this hunger strike out of solidarity with the political detainees in Egypt.
|2/11/2014||24||Lucy McMahon||UK||Cambridge||Cambridge University||Solidarity|
|3/11/2014||24||Karim Marold||Germany||Berlin||TU Berlin||Solidarity|
|3/11/2014||24||Natalia Hany||Germany||MHMK München|
"Ich fühl mich verpflichtet Solidarität in solchen Situationen zu zeigen. Nicht nur weil ich Ägypterin bin, sondern auch weil ich bei solchen Situationen der Brutalität und Unmenschlichkeit nicht schweigend zuschauen kann. Da fühl ich mich als Verbrecher."
"Freiheit ist eines der wertvollsten Menschenrechte. Ich solidarisiere mich mit dem den Menschen, die für die Freiheit kämpfen."
"Fundamental violations of human rights always lead to people feeling less and less human." - Aung San Suu Kyi
I want to take part because it is deeply unjust that dissent is being criminalised in Egypt. Freedom of speech is a fundamental, inalienable right, so I want to help precipitate the early release of journalists who have been unjustly imprisoned and in terrible conditions.
in Solidarity with all the imprisoned students and activists in Egypt. Because I think we have to show Support so that the People in Egypt won´t stay silent. The fight against Corruption and Dictatory is still not over.Every human being should have the Right to demonstrate peacefully!
It is increasingly frustrating to hear praise heaped on al-Sisi's regime for their 'democratic transition', when in fact what we are witnessing in Egypt is a dramatic reversal of human rights and a systematic assault on human rights and civil liberties.
During the Egyptian UPR process, a number of States criticised the failings of the judiciary and the human rights infringements that have been entailed by political prisoners: torture, arbitrary arrest, lack of access to a legal professional, unfair trial - the list goes on.
Political prisoners have oft-spoken of the security that international attention affords them: in shining a light on a case, it ensures that the individual cannot be lost in the depths of the Egyptian prison system.
As Margaret Mead once said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has'.
Now is our opportunity to shine a light on a gross violation of the rights of our fellow people.
|24||Hester Thompson||UK||Oxford||Oxford||For solidarity|
The Egyptian authorities need to realise this cannot continue and the detainees need to know they are not alone.
I want to join the Egyptian political prisoners on hunger strike to show my solidarity in support of their right to freedom of expression. The imprisonment of those who express their views is a breach of human rights and must be stopped. By joining this international initiative I am answering their call for solidarity and standing with them in their campaign.
Free speech and free assembly are being brutally suppressed in Egypt with over 40,000 political prisoners in 18 months. I stand in solidarity with all those who challenge these assaults on universal freedoms.
|24||Anna Shaker||Sweden||Because I myself am half Egyptian!|