Free Maikel Nabil

Maikel Nabil Sanad, 25, is entering his 42nd day of hunger strike, his ninth day of refusing water.  He was arrested on March 28 after publishing a blog post titled “The people and the army were never one hand.”  Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces accused him of “insulting the army.”  A military court sentenced him to three years in prison.

He has been on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment since August 23. Authorities refuse to give him proper medical treatment. His father says,

I’ve been trying to help Maikel get transferred to a hospital … It won’t cost the government any money.  My son could die at any minute.

Fellow Egyptian blogger Islam Hussein writes:

Those who are close to Maikel assure us that his hunger strike is not a media stunt or a pressure tactic to facilitate his release from prison. To him, it is the principle that if the world is incapable of accepting the views of another human being, no matter how nonconforming these views are, then it is a world not worthy of being a part of.

So what’s in the life of Maikel Nabil? The whole world is.

It is either the world that Maikel is striving for or the world we already live in – made worse with the incarceration, and possibly death, of people like Maikel, and the thousands of political prisoners in Egypt of all sorts of political, religious, and cultural views.  Let’s choose the world that Maikel is literally fighting with his life to earn.

An appeal in Maikel’s case will be heard on Tuesday, October 4. You can write to Egyptian authorities urging them to free him:

Director of Military Judiciary
Major-General Ahmed Abd Allah
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +(20)2 2 402 4468 / +(20)2 2 411 3452 (ask for fax)

Military Prosecutor General
Major-General Medhat Radwan
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
+(20) 2 2 412 0980 (ask for fax)

Minister of Defence
His Excellency Muhammad Tantawi
Ministry of Defence
Cairo, Egypt ;
Fax: +(20) 2 2 5748 822  (+20) 22 291 6227

A sample letter is here, on a blog that also carries updates on Maikel’s health (Arabic and English).

You can also write letters of support to Maikel Nabil at:

Maikel Nabil Sanad
El-Marg prison

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