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Semanur Karaman

Yara and Sanaa are out, now release the rest!

23 September 2015 will be a day to remember for activists in Egypt and across the globe. It all began on the afternoon of this day, when we started hearing rumours of a pardon for Egypt’s political prisoners to be issued by Al-Sisi. Subsequently, several national and regional media sources confirmed that Al-Sisi pardoned 100 …

Daily News Egypt

Prisoner release draws attention to anti-terrorism laws

Wednesday’s pardon of 100 prisoners by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi is drawing mixed reactions from around the world, even as it focuses renewed attention on the controversial anti-terrorism laws under which some of the released prisoners had been held. The human rights group Amnesty International hailed the announcement of the prisoner release as “welcome news” …

Daily News Egypt

Morsi ‘prison break’ trial postponed to Thursday

The Wednesday trial of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi for escaping Wadi El-Natrun Prison in January 2011 was postponed to 5 February, state media reported. The defence repeated its request to the Cairo Criminal Court for the introduction of new defendants and questioned the possibility that “Israeli elements” committed these crimes to destabilise security. Morsi …

Daily News Egypt

Force-feeding prisoners is a criminal act

By Dr Cesar Chelala The decision by US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler determining that the US military can force-feed a Syrian detainee at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a well intentioned but wrong decision. It allows the US government to continue a criminal practice that has been widely condemned by medical professionals and …

Daily News Egypt