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Al-Sisi urged to release prisoners and form expert committee during coronavirus crisis

A former presidential candidate in Egypt has called on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to release detainees and prisoners of conscience and form a committee of experts to implement measures to protect citizens and the economy during the coronavirus crisis.

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Infuriated State Department considers slashing $1.3bn Egypt military aid after American’s death in detention

The US State Department recently floated the idea of cutting a significant portion of Egypt’s $1.3 billion annual military aid over US citizen Mustafa Kassem’s death in Egyptian detention in January, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday.

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UN makes official plea for prisoners’ release to avoid ‘catastrophic’ COVID-19 spread

The United Nations’ human rights body has officially thrown its weight behind a campaign to protect those in detention from the COVID-19 pandemic by demanding that governments worldwide release prisoners of conscience, low-risk offenders as well as older detainees or those with underlying health conditions.

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Working Group on Egypt Call to Release Detainees

The Working Group on Egypt* calls on the U.S. government to seek the immediate release of American citizens and permanent residents wrongfully detained in Egypt, who are now in imminent danger due to COVID-19. The United States should also call for the release of the tens of thousands of Egyptians …

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HRW: Egypt’s Security Forces Disappear, Torture Children

Egyptian police, National Security Agency, and military officials arbitrarily arrested, forcibly disappeared, and tortured children as young as 12 while prosecutors and judges turned a blind eye, Human Rights Watch and the rights group Belady: An Island For Humanity said in a report released today.

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