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arrests in Egypt increase despite calls for releasing detainees

The Egyptian security services launched a new campaign of arrests that touched many activists in different governorates, ignoring calls for the release of detainees launched by international human rights organizations, for fear of the spread of the new Corona virus inside prisons crowded with huge numbers of detainees in narrow cells, which the High Commissioner for Human Rights has estimated in The United Nations has more than 114 thousand detainees.

Arbitrary detention

The Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, a civil society organization working in Egypt, said today, Wednesday, that the security forces in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate arbitrarily arrested Abdel-Alim Ammar without legal support, yesterday, Tuesday, when he was taken to an unknown destination until now.

She pointed out that a security campaign targeted the people in the city of Baltim, in the governorate, despite calls by activists towards the release of detainees due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

arrests in Egypt increase despite calls for releasing detainees

Simultaneously, the security forces arrested three citizens from the city of al-Husayniyyah in the Sharqiyah Governorate. They were Ahmad Saif al-Islam Muhammad Sultan (Talib / 24 years old), Muhammad Abdel-Muttalib Morsi (55 years old / analytical doctor), and Ahmed Othman al-Imam (21 years old / Talib) And, a few days after the arrest of a university student in Belbeis, on the grounds of her involvement in “the publication of false information about the Corona virus through social networking sites.”

Calls to alleviate overcrowding in Egyptian prisons

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Egyptian authorities, through its spokesperson Robert Colville, to release the detainees out of fear of the spread of the Coronavirus among them, as are many other countries that have released those convicted of non-violent crimes, and those who are in detention Pre-trial, who make up less than a third of those in prison.

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