Egypt’s Death Sentences, Ban of ‘April 6' Criminalize Political Opposition | Freedom House

Egypt’s Death Sentences, Ban of ‘April 6' Criminalize Political Opposition

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Freedom House strongly condemns the Egyptian court decision today banning the April 6 Movement, established in 2008 to defy the Mubarak regime, a ban based on questionable charges of "damaging the image of the state" and illegal contact with foreigners. The founder of April 6, Ahmed Maher, was sentenced last December to three years in prison for violating the repressive protest law. Freedom House also condemns the Egyptian court decision sentencing to death Mohamed Badie and more than 680 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, for their alleged connection with an attack on a police station.

“The ban on April 6 and these latest mass death sentences are reprehensible steps in the military-backed government’s campaign to criminalize the political opposition,” said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. “They increase the likelihood of political violence and are undeserved blows against Egyptians who helped bring about the overthrow of the oppressive Mubarak regime in hopes of a better future. We expect these serious human rights violations to be part of the U.S. administration’s talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy this week.”

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2013 and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more about Egypt, visit:
U.S. Correct to Withhold Some Aid to Egypt Because of Lack of Democracy
Letter Calls on Administration to Take Action to Help Secure Release of Journalists in Egypt
Egypt Democracy Compass
Freedom in the World 2014: Egypt
Blog: Pattern of Abuses Continues in Egypt Despite Leadership Changes
Freedom of the Press 2013: Egypt
Freedom on the Net 2013: Egypt

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