Egypt Frees Human Rights Advocates After International Pressure

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Egypt Frees Human Rights Advocates After International Pressure

Egyptian authorities released three prominent human rights advocates on bail Thursday following weeks of international pressure to free them.

Activists Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a well-known civil society group, were freed from Cairo’s Tora prison, according to the group’s acting director and Egyptian state media.

The three had been detained in separate police raids and held on terrorism charges that the organization said were presented without evidence.

The arrests sparked a global campaign to free them that included pressure from European governments, a letter from dozens of members of the U.S. Congress and a tweet from President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state.

“I can confirm my friends and @eipr colleagues Gasser, Basheer and Karim have been released and are home which I guess means we (and you) managed to #FreeEIPRstaff,” said Hossam Bahgat, the acting director of the rights group, in a tweet.

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