The United States intends to deport Mr. Sameh Khouzam back to Egypt on MONDAY, JUNE 18, at the request of the Egyptian government, despite the fact that Mr. Khouzam faces torture and death upon his return.
There is no concrete or verifiable evidence that he committed any crimes in Egypt. Mr. Khouzam fled to America in 1998 after he was detained by the Egyptian government and forcefully “encouraged” to convert from his Coptic Christianity to Islam. After his departure, the Egyptian government informed United States officials that Mr. Khouzam was wanted for unsubstantiated crimes against a Muslim family.
Mr. Khouzam is facing torture and death primarily because he is a member of a religious minority in Egypt. However, the U.S. Government simply will not act to prevent this unless confronted by an overwhelming response of outrage from its citizens. I have just signed an online petition sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy to save Mr. Khouzam’s life. Please use the link below to add your signature as well.