Friday, March 09, 2007

Countdown, or countup

I find it impossible (and not only hard) to believe that there is a real chance of having political reform in Egypt while the Egyptian prisons are full of political opposition leaders. I fail to comprehend the regime's claims that the proposed constitutional amendments are "reforms," and will stress the notion of citizenship in Egypt, while the very same regime discriminates against the entire society; Muslims and Christians, men and women, young and old, as long as they do not clearly approve of the regime's destructive policies.
This is rather straightforward, the regime's claims for democratization and refom are false lies that could not be taken seriously. Democratization means that newspapers, like al Ahram and al Akhbar, become neutral, accessable by everyone, and willing to present all different political views. It means that police forces are neutral; and work to protect the people not the corrupt regime. It means that joining the ruling NDP is not a prerequisite to holding any "important" position in the state, police, or army. And it means, above all, that the Egyptian prisons will only include criminals that pose a threat to the Egyptian society, and not political activists whose only crime is that they oppose the regime. Prisons should inlcude only prisoners sentenced to prisons by courts, and not detainees deprived of their freedom by a brutal, unjust political (and not legal) decision from the ministry of interior, and kept behind bars for a period ranging between a few weeks (as is the case with some lucky Muslim Brothehood and other opposition members) and decades (as is the case with some of those who have been accused of being terrorists, but never presented to courts).
Having all that said, I believe it is our role (us, every person who truely loves this country, disregarding his political views) to stand united and call for real reform; reform that starts by releasing those opposition leaders who are falsly put behind bars.
Here's my idea: lets try to find out how many political prisoners exist now in Egypt, and after we have that done, we will start a countdown for reform. The idea is quite simple; reform really starts when the number of political prisoners is Zero. So as long as the number is increasing, we are moving in the wrong direction, and as long as the number is decreasing we are moving in a reformist direction. But that is not enough to speak about real reforms; releasing tens or hundreds of falsely detained political prisoners does not count as real reform, for we could only speak about reform when there are no political prisoners.
I think it is the responsibility of everyone who reads this post to keep it going. I have no further plans in mind; I just want people to send me the full names of every political prisoner they know in Egypt, and let's start the countdown for reform.
Please feel free to copy this post wherever you want, and let's collect the names, and start reform

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

YOU KNOW WHAT!
THIS IS A RESPECTABLE PROJECT, BUT THEN WHAT! DO U THINK U CAN REALLY COUNT ALL THOSE IMPRISONED FALSELY ? I DOUBT .OK , IF WE DID IT ,THEN WHAT ???LET'S ASSUME THEY R 20 THOUSANDS.WHAT WOULD U DO WITH THIS NUMBER ? I THINK U R WASTING UR TIME . U'D RATHER CONCENTRATE UR EFFORTS ON THINGS MORE INFLUENTIAL , LIKE CALLING UPON PEOPLE ON ALL MEDIA U CAN REACH ,TO SUPPORT THIS CASE . WHAT U WROTE ON Z SIDEBAR TOUCHED ME REALLY .U SHOULD FOCUS ON THIS.

Anonymous said...

Please write more articles, comments, entries, you name it in English. Let the world hear your voice, loud and clear.