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Mass death sentences in Egypt/Urgent appeal about the mass death sentences by the Criminal Court in Minya/Letter to the minister of Foreign Affairs

URGENT APPEAL ABOUT THE MASS DEATH SENTENCES BY THE CRIMINAL COURT IN MINYA/

LETTER TO THE EGYPTIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

 

To the Egyptian minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr Nabil Fahmy
Subject:
Mass Death sentences of 528 people by the criminal Court in Minya
Urgent request to overturn the death sentences
Reason:
Unfair trial, lacking basic due process protections.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”
Article 3, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an
independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations
and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 10, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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[Human Rights Watch]Egypt: Shocking death sentences follow sham trial

EGYPT: SHOCKING DEATH SENTENCES FOLLOW SHAM TRIAL

 

529 Denied Right to Meaningful Defense, Face Capital Punishment
MARCH 25, 2014
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It’s shocking even amid Egypt’s deep political repression that a court has sentenced 529 people to death without giving them any meaningful opportunity to defend themselves. The Minya court failed to carry out its most fundamental duty to assess the individual guilt of each defendant, violating the most basic fair trial right. These death sentences should be immediately quashed.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director

(New York) – The criminal court in Minya, Egyptsentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections.

The March 22, 2014, trial, in which the vast majority of defendants were tried in absentia, took place in under an hour. The prosecution did not put forward evidence implicating any individual defendant, even though it had compiled significant evidence during its investigations, and the court prevented defense lawyers from presenting their case or calling witnesses, three of the defense lawyers told Human Rights Watch. A second summary session was held two days later solely to announce the verdict.

“It’s shocking even amid Egypt’s deep political repression that a court has sentenced 529 people to death without giving them any meaningful opportunity to defend themselves,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The Minya court failed to carry out its most fundamental duty to assess the individual guilt of each defendant, violating the most basic fair trial right. These death sentences should be immediately quashed.”

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