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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue Calls on Damanhour University Council to Cancel the Decision to Dismiss Student Mustafa Shaalan

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue expressed its deep displeasure at the decision of Damanhour University to dismiss student Mustafa Shaalan for making statements to a television program stating the lack of Coronavirus precautionary measures inside the buildings, classrooms and lecture halls of Damanhour University.

The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue said in a statement issued today that the student exercised his right to express his legitimate concerns about the lack of precautionary measures of Coronavirus and expressed his opinion peacefully and through an Egyptian state-owned media outlet.

The Forum stressed that the university’s decision was characterized by exaggeration and disproportionately with the action done by the student, especially since the law guarantees gradual punishment for students if they violate, which are penalties that start from 1 – verbal or written warning.  2- Warning.  3- Denial of certain student services. 4- Denial of attendance at a course for a period of not more than a month.  5- Dismissal from college for a period of not more than a month. 6 – Denial of the examination in one or more courses

Saeed AbdelHafez, The Chairman of the Forum, called on the University Council to intervene to cancel the decision to ensure the future of the student and to only deprive him of some student services while warning him not to repeat this behaviour.

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