The University of Edinburgh has announced the recall of all its students in Egypt after the arrest of two three-year-old students before their subsequent release.
The university announced that it was cutting its exchange programs with the American University in Cairo, which hosts visiting students.
Fears over security grip
A university spokesman said: “Two of our students were recently arrested in Egypt “for no apparent reason” and later released by the authorities in Cairo.”
A university spokesman added: “The university is very concerned when you hear incidents like this, especially when it comes to our students.”
“We have a responsibility to act in the interests of our students and take decisive action when there are safety and welfare concerns, so we have asked all our students in Egypt to return to the UK.”
The Egyptian Interior Ministry had previously announced the arrest of a number of Arab and foreign citizens during demonstrations in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in recent weeks to demand the overthrow of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
After the release of some of them, they said that they were “forced to confess in televised clips, inciting these demonstrations”.
Two days ago, Egyptian authorities announced the arrest of a number of foreigners, including two Jordanians, in tahrir square and its surroundings, on charges of filming security forces on the ground and inciting demonstrations, security sources in the Egyptian interior ministry said.
Abdel Rahman al-Rajaba, 24, and Thaer Matar, 24, appeared in a video broadcast on a program aired tuesday by Egyptian journalist Amr Adeeb, who pleaded guilty to charges of inciting demonstrations in Egypt.
In addition to these two persons, Amr Adeeb presented confessions of other persons of Turkish, Dutch, Palestinian and Sudanese nationality on the same charges.
Central Cairo is under tight security following demonstrations on Friday (September 20th) calling for the departure of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in a 2013 coup.