Human rights campaigner and labor lawyer Haitham Mohamedain was arrested on May 18 and has been ordered into custody for 15 days. His crime? Inciting protests against the fare hikes on Cairo’s mass transit system. The Egyptian regime previously detained Mohamedain, who is affiliated with Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists, along with more than 100 other activists two years ago. With growing economic discontent amid persistent high unemployment, high food prices and low wages, the regime is clearly nervous about the potential for a fresh outbreak of protest.
In response to Mohamedain’s arrest, activists around the world, including the Egypt Solidarity Initiative and Amnesty International, are calling on the Egyptian government to immediately and unconditionally release him. Here are three posts published in recent days by the Egypt Solidarity Initiative explaining what is known about Mohamedain’s arrest and detention, and calling for people to stand in solidarity.
Read more about Haitham’s case here.
Sign and share this petition calling on the Egyptian government to immediately and unconditionally release labor lawyer Haitham Mohamedain and to drop any charges against him.