With profound shock, the world received the ruling by an Egyptian court on Monday, 28 April 2014 sentencing 700 Egyptian citizens to death, among them public figures, members of the political opposition, and reformists. This new ruling follows in the steps of one made earlier by another Egyptian court on 24 March 2014, again sentencing 529 prominent Egyptian personalities to death, after a farcical trial on untenable grounds.
Such rulings paint a horrendous picture of the appalling state reached by the judicial system, in a country of Egypt’s stature, under the pressure of the military coup that overturned democracy, freedoms, and the will of the people. The sense of shock is further deepened by the court’s rushed proceedings, failing to satisfy the standards of fair trial and due process, despite the fact that applying this ruling is tantamount to committing a mass murder of hundreds of prominent persons.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe reiterates its condemnation of such steps in both form and substance, and takes note of this indicator of the level of ongoing abuses in Egypt, in the era of the ruthless coup against democratic life, and use of a false judiciary, devoid of justice, and lacking human, moral, and religious, principles and values.
It is painful to see that Egypt, which witnessed a popular revolution on 25 January 2011 for the sake of liberty, democracy, and human dignity, is now governed by the worst form of military dictatorship, which has no reservations in issuing mass death sentences, against hundreds of prominent political and social figures, and banning youth movements that reject military dictatorship.
These unjust court rulings must ring alarms around the entire world, as even the most vicious of oppressive regimes have been reluctant to take such actions. Indeed, this gives an appalling impression ahead of other trials of Egyptian statesmen from the democratic era, at their forefront, President Dr Muhammad Morsi.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe as it condemns in the strongest terms these serious precedents, expresses solidarity with the mass of Egyptian people, who continue their unremitting, daily peaceful demonstrations, to demand their freedoms, rights, and resumption of democratic life.
There is no doubt that governments, parliaments, official bodies and non-governmental organisations, in Europe and the world, are required to adopt immediate and forceful positions, regarding what is occurring. These death sentences against hundreds of people demonstrate that the ruling authorities in Cairo continue undeterred to take away remaining rights and freedoms, end the state of law, and perpetrate grave abuses against society.
Brussels, 29 April 2014
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)