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Egyptian prisons are filling up with anyone who speaks out

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08.04.2020

Analysis. The UN appealed to Cairo to free prisoners in light of the epidemic. Instead, they arrested 15 people accused of spreading false news about the coronavirus. Work on al-Sisi’s mega-projects continues.

written by Khaled Said

Topic Middle East and North Africa

April 8, 2020

A Friday press note on Egypt issued by Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for the country to free its imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders.

“We are […] very concerned about the overcrowded prisons in Egypt and the risk of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus among the country’s more than 114,000 inmates,” the statement reads.

It comes after an appeal by UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to governments around the world to implement safety measures and protect the health of detainees.

So far, Iran has released around 100,000 people from its prisons, at least temporarily, Indonesia has released 30,000,........

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