- Egyptian President, Embassies, Consulates
To His Excellency President Hosni Mubarak,
On February 6, 2009, Philip Rizk, a German-Egyptian activist and a graduate student at the American University in Cairo, was arrested north of Cairo while participating in a protest against the Rafah border closure into Gaza. Rizk, who blogs about relief work in Gaza at tabulagaza.blogspot.com, has been working to get medical and relief supplies into the Gaza Strip.
Philip Rizk was separated from his fellow protesters, placed in a van, and whisked away by Egypt’s security police. Rizk has been detained and no information of his whereabouts has been released to his lawyers or family.
In the early morning of February 9, 2009, the security police came to the home of Philip’s parents and proceeded to search the house, without a warrant, for evidence against Philip. They attempted to take Philip’s father and threatened to search his office as well.
The Egyptian government is well-known for its torture of political detainees.
We, the undersigned,
- Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Philip Rizk;
- Call for the release of any information regarding Philip Rizk’s whereabouts to his lawyers and family;
- Call for the end to harsh treatment and lack of due process to political detainees in Egypt.