Press release

Egypt Sentences 229 Protestors to Life Imprisonment

An Egyptian court setenced human rights activist Ahmed Douma and 229 other defendants to life imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence during 2011 demonstrations. 

Washington

In response to an Egyptian court sentencing human rights activist Ahmed Douma and 229 other defendants to life imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence and attacking security forces during demonstrations in 2011, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 
“Egypt’s courts have become a tool of repression rather than a pillar of justice, as the life sentences imposed on Douma and his co-defendants make horribly clear,” said Robert Herman, vice president of international programs. “President El-Sisi and Egypt’s government should focus on building a democratic system rather than on repression that fuels turmoil.”

Egypt is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014