A Life in Danger

March 24th, 2011 by Editor

The Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Calls for the Students of the Faculty of Mass Communications to Break the Hunger Strike

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern for the lives of some of the students of the faculty of the mass communications at Cairo University as they went on an open hunger strike for the fifth day in a raw. EOHR calls for an immediate investigation in the incident and calling for breaking the strike in fear for their lives.   

It is noteworthy that the five students who went on the hunger strike had to escalate the protest after going on strike for 15 days in front of the faculty without having any of the officials to intervene in examining their demands. They confirmed their determination to continue with the hunger strike until their demands are met. These demands included the departure of Dr. Sami Abdel Aziz, the dean of the faculty and a member of the policies committee of the National Democratic Party (NDP) who used to be the media consultant of Gamal Mubarak. The demands also included the call for the removal of the deputies and the department heads. The number of the students who went on strike amounts to 20 students with more students, professors and media professionals joining them for support.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Abu Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, called on the president of Cairo University to conduct a democratic dialogue with the students on the hunger strike. At the same time, he plead with them to break the strike in fear for their lives, promising them to intervene with the president of the university and the minister of higher education to demand that they immediately elect a new deal for the faculty of mass communications and change the deputies of the heads of departments as well.

Abu Saeda emphasized the necessity of the independence of the Egyptian universities including the Faculty of Mass Communications considering that it is one of the platforms of freedom and democracy which should be producing new young generations with outstanding journalistic and media capabilities. As such, these universities should be purified from the figures of corruption and the supporters of the old regime as a way to protect the gains of the revolution of the 25th of January as the spread of corruption was one of the causes of the revolution in the first place.


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