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 EGYPT: Writer and activist detained.

 The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN is
 seriously
concerned about the imprisonment without charge or trial
 for over a year
 of novelist, blogger and activist Mosaad Suleiman Hassan
(pen-name:
 Mosaad Abu-Fajr), who has been held since 26 December 2007
 for his
 peaceful political activism. International PEN fears that
he is held
 solely for the expression of his opinions and calls for his
 immediate
and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of
 the United
 Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political
 Rights, to which
 Egypt is a signatory. It seeks assurances about his health
 and
 well-being as a matter of urgency.

 
According to PEN’s information, novelist and Internet
 writer Mosaad
 Abu-Fajr has been detained without charge since 26 December
 2007 for his
 peaceful activism in support of the Bedouins of the Sinai
 Peninsula, his
 own native people, who are said to be ill-treated by the
 Egyptian
 authorities in Northern Sinai. The area borders the Gaza
 Strip, where
 the political climate is extremely volatile, and the risk
 of terrorist
 attack is high. Mosaad Abu-Fajr was previously briefly
 detained in
 September 2007.
 

 
Mosaad Abu-Fajr has reportedly published one novel, Talit
 el-Badan, 

 of the web
 site Wedna N’ish’ (We Want To Live), which he
 founded as a mouth-piece
 for Sinai Bedouins. He is said to remain detained without
charge or
 trial in spite of repeated court rulings ordering his
 release. In
 November 2008 it was reported that his health had sharply
 deteriorated
 as a result of a hunger strike, and in early December 2008
 he is said to
 have been moved from Borg Al Arab Prison, possibly in
 preparation for
 his release. His whereabouts are currently unknown and
 concerns for his
 well-being are mounting. 

 
Please send appeals:

 * Expressing serious concern about the detention of
 novelist and
 blogger Mosaad Suleiman Hassan (pen-name Mosaad Abu-Fajr),
 who has been
 held for over a year without charge or trial, apparently
 for his
non-violent political activism in support of the Bedouins
 of Northern
Sinai, and in violation of repeated court rulings ordering
 his release;
 
* Seeking information about Mosaad Abu-Fajr’s
 whereabouts and
 well-being as a matter of urgency, and calling for his
 immediate and
 unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the
 International
 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Egypt is a
 signatory.
 

 

International PEN Writers in Prison Committee

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