Locked up for speaking out: tell the Egyptian government to stop the crackdown
In the worst crackdown on freedom of expression in the country’s recent history, Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of individuals, including activists, journalists, politicians, football fans, and artists.
Egyptians who speak up against the government are being locked up without a fair trial. They are branded as “terrorists” and “criminals” by the media, simply for peacefully expressing their opinions. A crackdown of this scale has not been seen in decades. But some brave Egyptians continue to speak out, despite the risks to their freedom.
Thanks to pressure from you, Amal Fathy and Wael Abbas have been released on probation. Both are required to report weekly to a police station and could be re-imprisoned at any time. Haytham Mohamadeen is still in detention.
But a conditional release is not enough. All three continue to face charges. Amal Fathy was sentenced to two years in prison in one of two cases against her.
Many others remain in prison. Satirical blogger, Shady Abu Zeid, has been arbitrarily detained since 2018 for “disseminating false news” and “membership of a banned group”. He is one of many prisoners of conscience facing Egypt’s ‘revolving door’ policy by re-imprisoning them in new cases pending investigations into fabricated charges, instead of complying with court orders to release them.
Join us, and call on Egyptian President Abdelfatah al-Sisi to:
- Release immediately and unconditionally Adel Sabry, Hassan al-Banna, Hisham Genena, Moataz Wadnan, Mustafa al-Aasar, Shady Abu Zeid, and Shady al-Ghazali, and drop all charges against Amal Fathy and Wael Abbas.
- Release all other detainees who have been imprisoned solely for peacefully expressing their opinions or doing their journalistic work.