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UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Passes Resolution About Human Rights in Egypt

In May of 2007, the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly passed a resolution expressing serious concern regarding the denial of basic human rights to religious minorities in Egypt. In a letter to the Ambassador of Egypt to the UN, the president of the Graduate Assembly, Mr. Joshua R. Daniels, writing on behalf of the graduate students, expressed its hope that “the government of Egypt, a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will afford all its citizenry the basic civil rights all people deserve, including the right to education, irrespective of religion.” The text of the letter is included below:

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I write to inform you that the Graduate Assembly at the University of California, Berkeley recently passed a resolution expressing its deep concern regarding the situation facing religious minorities in Egypt.

It has come to our attention that religious minorities in Egypt, due to their inability to obtain state ID cards, are denied access to rights of basic citizenship, including the right to education. Since Egypt requires all citizens to list their religious affiliation on state ID cards only offers three officially recognized religions—Islam, Christianity or Judaism—as options, members of religious minorities, including members of the Bahá’í community, are effectively forced to go without ID cards. These ID cards are the key to accessing most rights of citizenship such as education.

The Graduate Assembly, in support of all graduate students in Egypt, extends its hopes that the government of Egypt, a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, will afford all its citizenry the basic civil rights all people deserve, including the right to education, irrespective of religion.

Sincerely,

Joshua R. Daniels, President of the Graduate Assembly

 

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Comments

  1. * bilo says:

    Berkeley students stand for justice again….

    Thank you!

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Barney says:

    What an excellent letter from the Graduate Assembly!

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
  3. This is also an interesting initiative for Baha’i Students all over the world.
    I’ll challenge the baha’i students in Portugal.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
  4. * truthseekers9 says:

    Dear Bilo: Thanks for linking to this story! Thanks also for your great blog.

    Dear Barney: Thanks also for your encouragement. About the bloggers: we are two attorneys concerned about the pursuit of human rights in Egypt.

    Hi Marco: That sounds like an exciting challenge. Please keep us updated about the developments in Portugal!

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
  5. * SAM says:

    Unfortunately, for many years this has been tried in Portugal.
    The Academic System seems to be afraid of standing in some points and taking some positions. I remember that none ever thought in approving a bill against the National Train Company and when some of our colleagues dyed the Rector proposed the vote at the Senate.
    It is a shame that the same happened in World War II. The Nations of the World stood quiet until it was too late.

    We, humans, tend to act when it is too late, and already too many blood and tears were spread.
    Luckily some places don’t stay quiet watching life going by. Berkeley is one of the places we find people like this, and hopefully we can pass this example, next time we go to a University, we can say: Spanish Senate, Brazilian Parlament, Canadian Government and University of Berkeley.

    Lets spread the virus, Marco! Thank you for the post truthseekers9.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 10 months ago
  6. Dear SAM:

    Thanks for your comments and observations.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 9 months ago


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