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US and European Leaders Condemn Egyptian NGO Trial Verdict
Freedom House thanks U.S. and European democratic leaders for their support in response to the Egyptian authorities sentencing 43 NGO workers to prison on Tuesday, including six currently with Freedom House and a former staff member. House Majority Leader Cantor and Minority Whip Hoyer said, "We are deeply disappointed by [Tuesday's] verdict at the Cairo Criminal Court, which represents just the latest assault by the Egyptian government on civil society." German Foreign Minister Westerwelle stated, "The actions taken by the Egyptian judiciary are worrisome. They weaken civil society, an important pillar of democracy in a newly democratic Egypt." And Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) declared, “The unjust convictions of Egyptian and American citizens by the Egyptian Government, for nothing more than working to defend the fundamental rights of all Egyptians, is appalling and offensive to people of goodwill in Egypt and across the globe.”
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Read the press release here.
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