On November 3, 2009, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt issued an executive order banning Dr. Ayman Nour from traveling. Nour, the opposition leader to the Mubarak regime running in the presidential election in 2011, was put on the regime’s watch list. Nour is scheduled to come to the United States on November 21, 2009 to meet with a coalition of Egyptian organizations to discuss the cruxes of his campaign: freedom of religion, human rights, an end to oppression, and anti-succession. While Gamal Mubarak and Fat’hi Suror, the speaker of Parliament, will visit the United States on November 8, 2009, Nour is banned because he shows opposition to the status quo.
The American Coptic Union asks the White House and President Barack Obama to strongly condemn and denounce this illegal executive action against the civil rights of Dr. Nour. We seek President Obama’s help and intervention in cancelling this order so Dr. Nour can visit the United States as planned. We also request that the President not meet with Gamal Mubarak and Fat’hi Suror.