For Imme­di­ate Release: 05 June 2015


On Fri­day 12 June 2015 at 12h30, a protest will take place out­side the African Union Sum­mit, which is being held at the Sand­ton Inter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Johan­nes­burg.


The protest is in aid of Dr Bassiouni, who has been detained in Egypt since 2 Decem­ber 2014. Sup­port­ers, friends and the fam­ily of Dr Bassiouni will be call­ing on the African Union to inter­vene in his con­tin­ued deten­tion and to secure his imme­di­ate and uncon­di­tional release.


Dr Bassiouni, a dual South African and Egypt­ian national and the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Al Tawheed Islamic Cen­tres, a non-profit organ­i­sa­tion, was detained when enter­ing Egypt to attend his daughter’s engage­ment party. Since then, he has been detained at the Torah Prison in Cairo.


Dr Bassiouni has lived in South Africa for over twenty years and, through his organ­i­sa­tion, seeks to uplift dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.


Dur­ing the course of his deten­tion, which now exceeds six months, Dr Bassiouni has not been pro­vided with rea­sons for his deten­tion. He has also not been charged or brought to trial and his deten­tion is con­sis­tently extended with­out afford­ing him the right to make an appli­ca­tion for his release. Dr Bassiouni is in poor health and has not being afforded ade­quate access to health­care ser­vices.


The Legal Resources Cen­tre acts on behalf of Dr Bassiouni and his fam­ily, and is pur­su­ing both domes­tic and regional reme­dies to ensure that he is detained in accor­dance with accepted norms of regional and inter­na­tional human rights law, or that he is released.


Despite requests that the South African gov­ern­ment pro­vide Dr Bassiouni with diplo­matic pro­tec­tion, at this stage, the gov­ern­ment has been unable to secure con­sular access to him, ensure that his fun­da­men­tal human rights are pro­tected while in deten­tion, or secure his release.


The Friends of Bassiouni Coor­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee has organ­ised the protest at the Afi­can Union Sum­mit in order to place pres­sure on the African Union and the Egypt­ian and South African gov­ern­ments to secure Dr Bassiouni’s release.


The LRC pro­motes the right to protest as a pow­er­ful mech­a­nism through which peo­ple can voice their con­cerns and mean­ing­fully con­tribute to advanc­ing human rights.


More infor­ma­tion about the protest can be found at

#FreeBassiouni pamphlet


Author: MRN Network

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.