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Protestors against Sinai torture arrested

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Egyptian State Security Intelligence Stops Solidarity March and Arrests Human Rights Activists in Arish

The international solidarity March, leaving Cairo today, 10th of December, heading for Rafah to express solidarity with the struggles of the Palestinian people, has been stopped at the gates of the North Sinai governorate, some 170 km to the south of Arish. At the same time organizers of the march learned that Ashraf Ayoub, Ashraf Gouaidar, Ashraf Hofni, Mhamed Khatabiu, Alaa El Kashef and Aytman Roufeili, founders of the Committee for Citizens’ rights in the North of Sinai have been arrested an hour ago by SSI police and are, at the time of writing this release, held at the SSI headquarters of Arish, where hundreds of Arish citizens have been subject to the most brutal forms of torture for the past two months.

Participants in the solidarity march are Egyptian antiwar and human rights activists and members of the press, joined by 35 international antiwar activist among whom are 19 from France, 6 from the UK, 2 from Spain, 4 from Greece, one from Turkey and one from Austria.

We call upon you to urgently send letters of protest to Egyptian officials demanding the immediate release of the activists who have played a crucial role in exposing the crimes of torture taking place in Arish and who have provided an urgently needed help to torture survivors.

The international solidarity March planning to head for Rafah today was organized in agreement with the resolutions of the antiwar conference organized Sept. 17-19 at Le Bristol Hotel in Beirut

Click "more" below for details on how to appeal to the authorities for their release.


Mohammad Hosni Mubarak

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

'Abedine Palace, Cairo, Egypt

Fax:                    + 202 390 1998


General Habib al-Adeli

Ministry of the Interior

Al-Sheikh Rihan Street

Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt


Fax:                    + 202 579 2031


Mahmoud Abu El Lail Rashed

Ministry of Justice

Midan Lazoghly, Cairo, Egypt


Fax:                    + 202 795 8103


Counsellor Maher 'Abd al-Wahid

Public Prosecutor

Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali

Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt

Fax: + 202 577 4716

COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country and