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Egypt: Joint statement: Veteran human rights defender Bahey el-Din Hassan sentenced to 15-years in prison punished for his critical tweets

Index Number: MDE 12/2951/2020

On 25 August 2020, the Fifth “Terrorism Circuit” of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Bahey el-Din Hassan, a veteran human rights defender, to 15 years in prison on the basis of his critical tweets, 18 human rights organizations said today. The conviction of Bahey el-Din Hassan, director and co-founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), of charges of “publishing false news” and “insulting the judiciary” is a new low for the Egyptian judiciary. The ruling was issued in absentia as Mr Hassan has been living abroad, in self-exile, since 2014.

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