Mahmoud is a 9 year old boy whose friends in Egypt have stopped playing with him because he is Syrian. It’s due to a xenophobic campaign, contributed to by the media and the new government, that is being waged against Syrians in Egypt. Syrian children are being arrested and students don’t know if they’ll be allowed into schools this year. On top of that, hundreds are being turned away at the airports.
Syrians are being made scapegoats for Egypt’s domestic troubles.
The humiliation and degradation began after the events of June 30. New laws now demand priorly obtained visas from an Egyptian embassy and security checks. Before June 30, Syrians could easily use Egypt as a safe haven without visa restraints.
Along with the new laws, Egyptian authorities have arbitrarily arrested at least 72 men and 9 children including registered asylum seekers and at least nine people with valid visas or residency permits
The interim government and the Egyptian authorities must immediately cease using Syrian civilians as pawns in Egypt’s internal politics. Please sign and share this petition.
1 – An immediate end to the detainment of Syrian children and the release of any children in detention
2 – The immediate release of Syrian detainees and a swift halt to their arbitrary detainment
3 – Simplified residency application procedures for Syrians
4 – A reversal of new visa and security restraints placed on Syrians entering Egypt
5 – Safe and humane treatment for Syrians in the process of official document renewal
6 – The admission of Syrian students to public schools and universities and equal treatment with Egyptian students
7- Immediate investigation into media presenters who participated in incitement against Syrians