Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain – To sign this statement click on the link at the bottom of the page
UPDATED September 7 – Haitham has been released, but lawyers say he faces serious charges
We condemn the arrest and detention of Haitham Mohamedain by the Egyptian army on 5th September in Suez. Haitham is a well known labour lawyer and revolutionary activist who has represented hundreds of workers arrested on picket lines or facing court hearings as a result of victimisation by their bosses or assaults by the police. Just two weeks ago he was in Suez defending steel workers whose strike for higher wages was broken up by the Army.
As a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists, Haitham has also been one of only a small number of revolutionary activists prepared to publicly condemn the brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by the Army in recent weeks, including the killing of hundreds of protesters on 14th August.
We call for Haitham’s immediate release and the withdrawal of any charges against him.
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Smith, ‑Frank Ward, ‑Craig Frey, Human ‑Pedro Pablo Martinez Ińigo, ‑Bjørn Østby, ‑Blume, ‑Charlotte Kates, National Lawyers Guild ‑ahmed el massry, ‑Víctor Ottoboni, Trade union delegate, FATE, tire and rubber company ‑Carlos Artacho, trade union delegate, FOETRA (telecommunication workers’ union) ‑Carlos Platkovsky , Trade union delegate, LAPA, ‑Eduardo Saab , Member of the Shop stewards’ committee, APA, Aeronautic Workers’ Union, Argentina ‑Ana Laura Lastra, Trade union delegate, INDEC (National Office of Statistics and Census), Argentina ‑Bárbara Acevedo, member of the shop stewards’ committee, Garrahan Hospital, Argentina ‑m radwan, ‑Dalia Mostafa, Lecturer at Manchester University ‑Ernesto Bustos-Luana Simioni, member of the shop stewards’ committee IOMA, municipal workers, La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina ‑Thomas Grave, International Socialidt Organization ‑Lorena Timko, member of the shop stewards’ committee, Office for Social Development, La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina ‑Ali Mustafa, ‑Thomas Grace, International Socialist Organization ‑Graciela Frañol , trade union activists of ATEN (Union of Teachers, Neuquén province, Argentina ‑Yazmin Muñoz, trade union activists of ATEN (Union of Teachers, Neuquén province, Argentina ‑Celia Hutchison, BECTU union representative ‑Carlos Musante, Trade union activist of SUTEBA (Union of Teachers, Buenos Aires province), Argentina ‑Anna Livingstone, British Medical Association and UNITE ‑César Gómez, Trade union activists of SUTEBA (Union of Teachers, Buenos Aires province), Argentina ‑Gabriela Macauda, Trade union activist, SUTEBA (Union of Teachers, Buenos Aires province), Argentina ‑Ernesto González, member of the Cooperative Chilavert, Argentina ‑Choo CHon Kai, Socialist Party of Malaysia ‑Luis Schurer, trade union delegate, Posadas Hospital, Argentina ‑Leandro Sorribas, trade union delegate and member of the shop stewards’ committee, Civil Service Union, Buenos Aires, Argentina ‑Gustavo de Biase, trade union delegate, Vialidad Nacional (Highways Agency), Argentina ‑Mark Hagen, ver.di (Germany) ‑Pablo Guidazio, trade union delegate, PAMI (National Office for Pensioners, Argentina ‑Christian Castillo, leading member of the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas, Argentina ‑Myriam Bregman, Human Rights Lawyer (CEPRODH), Argentina ‑Andrea D’Atri, leading member of the Women’s Activists Association Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses), Argentina ‑Celine, ‑Emilie Gosselin Cormier, ‑Diana Assunção, Member of the São Paulo University Workers’ Union ‑Claudionor Brandão, Member of the São Paulo University Workers’ Union, Brazil ‑Pablito Santos, Member of the São Paulo University Workers’ Union, Brazil ‑Domenico Colacicco, , Member of the São Paulo University Workers’ Union, Brazil ‑Andres Aullet, lawyer representing political prisoners, Mexico ‑Sergio Moissen, lecturer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNAM), former political prisoner, Mexico ‑Alex Claxton-Mayer, ‑Sofia Andrade, Journalist, Newspaper El Universal, Mexico ‑Siddharth Patel, International Socialist Organization US ‑Omar Rosales, Trade union delegate, Telecommunications Union, STRM, Mexico ‑Jimena Vergara, lecturer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) ‑Nancy Cornejo, activist in the women’s rights association Pan y Rosas, former political prisoner, movement June 10 ‑Gonzalo Arredondo, activist in the movement for sexual diversity, former political prisoner, movement June 10 ‑Jesús Pegueros, political activist, former political prisoner, movement June 10, Mexico ‑Alex Osorio, political activist, former political prisoner, movement June 10, Mexico, Mexico ‑Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses), Women’s Rights Association ‑Juventud Anticapitalista Socialista y Revolucionaria , Anticapitalist, Socialist and Revolutionary Youth Movement, Mexico ‑Liga de Trabajadores por el Socialismo , League of Workers for Socialism, (Political Party), Mexico ‑Joe Redmond, Unison Ymlaen ‑Ivan Ubico Guerrero, trade union delegate, CGT, Telepizza ‑Asier Ubico Guerrero, trade union delegate, CGT, Telepizza ‑Jorge Calderón Franco, Secondary Teacher, political activist, Marea Verde Organisation, Aragón, Spain ‑Mario Olguin, students’ union representative, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zaragoza, Spain ‑Clase contra Clase , Political Party, Spain ‑Agrupación de mujeres Pan y Rosas , Women’s Rights Association, Pan y Rosas (Bread and Roses, Spain) ‑Sindicato de Estudiantes de Izquierdas , Union of Left Students, Spain ‑Karen Pfeifer, ‑Motsomi Marobela, International Socialists Botswana ‑Linnet van Tinteren, ‑terence Turvey, ‑Denise Kittay, Unison ‑Lesley Lancelott, UNISON. Manchester Branch Women’s SOG Chair ‑Marianne Owens, PCS NEC Member ‑Hibist Kassa, Student Worker Solidarity Society-Ghana. ‑Peadar O’Grady, Irish Medical Organisation ‑Sandra Turner, Unite ‑Popa Luminita, Partidul social democrat Romania ‑Anna Doyle, SWP Wicklow Ireland ‑Ian Crosson, UCU membership sec Poplar branch Tower Hamlets College ‑guyou, npa france ‑Gernot Bodner, Antiimperialist Camp ‑Anders Eiebakke, NBK/UKS ‑Roger Keely, NUT (retired) member of Kirklees Division Committee ‑marven scott, Unite Equalities Officer Leeds ‑Hudson, International Socialist Organization – Houston ‑Can Ülger, Genc-Sen from Turkey ‑Volkhard Mosler, ver.di (Germany) ‑Ken Golden, ‑Terry McGinn, Unite the Union LAR
What you can do:
- Sign the statement above calling for Haitham’s release and the dropping of all charges. Add you name here
- Write urgently to the Egyptian authorities calling for his release and an end to the harassment and prosecution of the military’s political opponents. Rush messages of protest to General Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Email General al-Sisi here email@example.com copy in Kamal Abu Aita, Minister of Labour (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Egyptian Ambassador to the UK (email@example.com) or your country.
- Print out this sign for solidarity pictures and send to us via Facebook or Twitter @menasolidarity
- Sign and circulate our Emergency Statement on Egypt which condemns the army’s crackdown