Solidarity with Egyptian Conscientious Objectors Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy
Statement of Peace and Human Rights Organizations
(10.11.2013) We, peace and human rights organizations, declare our support and solidarity with No to Compulsory Military Service movement and with Egyptian conscientious objectors, Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy. We condemn the silence of Egypt’s authorities over conscientious objectors’ suffering. We call on the Egyptian authorities to restore their civil rights and to recognize their right to an exemption from the military service based on their conscientious beliefs.
Emad el Dafrawi, born in 1987, has declared his refusal to the military service on 12 April 2012 because of his pacifist beliefs. He stated, “War is a crime against humanity”, “Military actions such as carrying arms and using violence, contradict with my beliefs”. He made it clear that he can’t obey military orders like participating in a war or killing nonviolent protesters.
Mohamed Fathy Abdo Soliman, born in 1988, declared his conscientious objection to military service on 20 July 2012 based on his pacifist beliefs. He stated “Obligatory conscription robs us from our natural rights in freedom of body, choice, movement, expressing opinions and beliefs”, “I refuse to be used as a tool of suppression and killing”.
Both of them had sent letters to the Egyptian military and civilian authorities, demanding exemption from the military service and to have an alternative civilian service, but all of their letters have been ignored. Major international human rights organizations ignored their suffering as well. For over 15 months now, both of them have been living without most of their civil rights. They are legally not allowed to work or study. They are not allowed also to have a passport or leave the country. Their suffering can’t last like this for ever.
Conscientious objection is inherent in the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, outlined by Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Egypt has ratified this treaty. Therefore, we call on Egypt’s government to respect international standards and meet obligations to which it has committed itself. This includes recognizing the right of Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy to conscientious objection to military service.
Signatures in alphabetic order:
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Al Kalema Center for Human Rights - Egypt www.el-kalema.org
Association for Conscientious Objection (VR-DER), Turkey www.vicdaniret.org
Bund für Soziale Verteidigung (BSV) - Germany www.soziale-verteidigung.de
Cairo Liberal Forum - Egypt
Connection e.V. - Germany www.Connection-eV.org
European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) www.ebco-beoc.org
Egypt's Secularist Movement - Egypt secularegypt.com
Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kriegsdienstverweigerung und Frieden (EAK) - Germany www.eak-online.de
German Peace Society - United War Resisters (DFG-VK) - Germany www.dfg-vk.de
Graswurzelrevolution, Deutschland www.graswurzel.net
Internationale der Kriegsdienstgegner/innen (IDK e.V.) - www.idk-berlin.de
Mouvement Chrétien pour la Paix' -Bruxelles - Belgium
New Profile - Movement for the Demilitarization of Israeli Society - Israel www.newprofile.org
No to compulsory Military Service Movement - Egypt www.nomilservice.com
Union Pacifiste de France - France www.unionpacifiste.org
UN Watch - Switzerland www.unwatch.org
War Resisters' International wri-irg.org
Women in Black (WiB) - Madrid, Spain www.mujerpalabra.net/activismo/mdnmadrid
Women in Black - Serbia www.zeneucrnom.org
Zentralstelle KDV - Germany www.zentralstelle-kdv.de
Statement of Peace and Human Rights Organizations: Solidarity with Egyptian Conscientious Objectors Emad el Dafrawi and Mohamed Fathy. November 10, 2013. See also at www.nomilservice.com/2013/11/solidarity-with-egyptian-conscientious.html