(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Obama to help prevent the imminent death of Mohamed Soltan, an American citizen detained in Egypt.
Soltan, a 26-year-old graduate of Ohio State University, has been on a hunger strike in an Egyptian prison since January 26, 2014, and is reportedly near death. Family members say he has lost more than a third of his body weight, cannot support himself or walk, faints frequently, and bleeds from his mouth and nose.
He was detained August 25, 2013, after he was shot during a peaceful protest against the coup in Egypt. Soltan's trial dates have been postponed a number of times.
In his letter to President Obama, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote in part:
“Unless the United States government acts swiftly, Mohamed Soltan — a U.S. citizen — will die imprisoned in Egypt because he was not afforded the same basic rights to due process that all other Americans enjoy.”
A copy of the letter is being sent to Secretary of State John Kerry and to Ambassador Mohamed Tawfik of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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