U.S. Should Urgently Press for Relief for Political Prisoners in Egypt | Freedom House

U.S. Should Urgently Press for Relief for Political Prisoners in Egypt

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In response to Egypt’s continued detention of thousands of demonstrators arrested since the military coup in 2013, Freedom House released the following statement:

“Thousands of Egyptians who protested peacefully during 2013 remain in Egyptian jails and prisons on spurious charges intended to stifle political dissent,” said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. “The prisoners include Mohamed Soltan, who has U.S. and Egyptian citizenship, and is the son of a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has  been carrying out a hunger strike and is in danger of dying in an Egyptian prison for no reason other than his political views. The United States should do its utmost to persuade Egypt to free Soltan  as well as the thousands of other political prisoners arrested since 2013.” 

Egypt is rated Not Free in the  Freedom in the World 2014 report.

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