"An Egyptian court just charged three teenage boys with blasphemy and sentenced them to five years in prison after they made a video mocking Islam and decrying the beheadings carried out by ISIS against Christians in the region.
The boys were between the ages of 15 and 17 at the time the video was filmed. The video was never shared publicly, but after the boys’ neighbors saw the video they turned them in to the police.
Please sign this urgent petition to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and to the President of the UN Council on Human Rights Mr. Choi Kyong-lim.
In this petition, we ask Egypt’s President to take concrete steps to ensure the protection of Christians in the region: we ask him to first ensure that the sentences against these boys are commuted, and we also ask him to ultimately work towards changing the blasphemy laws in Egypt.
Egypt’s blasphemy law allows for a wide breadth of interpretation, and the law has been increasingly used over the last few years to persecute Christians living in the region."