Mohammed Hegazy is a convert to Christianity from Islam whose public request to change his official religious status made him and his family targets of extremists several years ago. His family is now safely out of the country, but Mohammed, who goes by the Christian name Bishoy Armeya Boulos, has stayed behind. He has now come out of hiding and become an advocate for the rights of Christian converts in Egypt.
He was arrested for filming during the attacks on Christians after the ouster of President Morsi in 2013.
Please write an email to the Ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations, requesting his release. On the left-hand side, click on "Petition Official," then "Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations."
According to Voice of the Martyrs, "petitions, e-mails, letters and telegrams show officials that there are people who know and care about what happens to persecuted Christians inside their countries. Some conditions may be improved as a result. In some cases, we have seen prisoners released early after their case received international attention. If the authorities think no one cares, the Christians receive more harassment. Do not underestimate the power of your letter."
If you have not written a letter like this before, be sure and follow page five of VOM's Letter Guide. For an Ambassador, the correct address is "Your Excellency" and the correct closing is "Yours respectfully."
Your email can be extremely short and to the point, simply requesting his release. You may want to ask the Egyptian government to respect Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the following:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."